-Phillies- won the pennant this year.
-Braves- won the World Series last year
-Nationals- won the World Series a few years ago
-Mets- won 101 games this year.
It's gotta suck for this team. Yes, they made the playoffs in 2020 and won a crucial wild card series against the Cubs, spinning them into non-competitive oblivion, but the Marlins seem to be one of the teams that benefitted the most from that extended playoff schematic in 2020. Yes, there's also another NL East team that arguably benefitted even more from the extended playoff schedule this year, but at least they have the money to build on it. The Marlins made the playoffs while dirt broke, then when asked to repeat, they really couldn't.
2022 was another year of amusing but listless baseball in Miami. The team has been built around Brian Anderson and Miguel Rojas, and the former has lost his versatility while the latter is entering his mid 30s. Sandy Alcantara and Pablo Lopez had incredible seasons, but who knows how long they'll stick around.
And Trevor Rogers, after an incredible rookie season in 2021...felt the fatigue of that incredible rookie season and struggled with arm issues all year. In 23 starts, Rogers had a 5.47 ERA and had a 1.5 WHIP. It's not a damning season, as Rogers still is young and factors into the rotation's future plans, along with the eternally-injured Sixto Sanchez [I guess the Phils were right to trade him away?].
2023 Prediction: Once Rogers fully recovers from the injury, he'll give an improved performance. Not sure if it'll be a full season, but it'll aid things tremendously once people start leaving.
2023 Prediction: Avisail seems to alternate between great years and banal years, so next year he might be a ton better. Not sure how it'll help this team, but it'll do something.
2023 Prediction: Will be Nick Fortes' backup by the end of the year.
2023 Prediction: This is a hot take...I think one of the Marlins outfielders is gonna leave the picture and de la Cruz is gonna have his fullest, and best, season to date.
2023 Prediction: I think Luzardo's gonna have the fullest and most consistent year of any Marlins starter. Get ready.
2023 Prediction: Lower ERA, but I don't know if he saves for the whole year.
2023 Prediction: Fortes, by the end of 2023, will be on the list of solid B/B+ level catchers that don't get enough credit.
2023 Prediction: If Jazz Chisholm starts the season healthy and surging, LeBlanc may get released. If not, he may...well, he may still get released, I see him as a holdover guy. But regardless.
2023 Prediction: Will not have room in this outfield initially, but could get a lot more playing time in the second half and may have enough to really take off this time.
Tomorrow, a few members of a Mets team I genuinely thought was gonna go far this year.