2018 Season Preview: Miami Marlins

This piece is part of the Replacement Level 2018 Team Preview Series. An introduction to the series, as well as a brief explanation of the projections used, can be found here.

2017 Review


Pythag Record

BaseRuns Record

Runs Scored

Runs Against






Coming off the tragic loss of ace Jose Fernandez, the Marlins didn’t have high hopes of competing for the division in 2017. Behind the best OF in baseball, however, the Marlins hung in the wild-card race until the last six weeks of the season. Big steps forward from core players like Yelich, Ozuna, and 2017 NL MVP Giancarlo Stanton provided the team with the keys to the next great Marlins squad. The team’s sale by notoriously stingy owner Jeff Loria should have positioned them to add pitching to a team severely lacking it, putting Miami in a prime position to compete immediately. Oh, no.

Offseason in Review

Key Additions – Cap Room, Cameron Maybin, Isan Diaz, Sandy Alcantara, Jorge Guzman

Lookout! Fire sale.

Goodbye, says Mr. Jeter.

No player remains.

Key Losses – Remainder of fanbase, Giancarlo Stanton, Christian Yelich, Dee Gordon, Marcell Ozuna

Jeff Loria was very cheap.

Many losses the Marlins did reap.

Sold the team to great gain.

No all-stars remain.

For thrifting ways, Jeter did keep.

2018 Projections







When will winning days return?

Fans continue to yearn.

The few that remain.

Must try to stay sane.

Will there ever be an end to this constant churn?