2012 Miami Marlins: Sun Sentinel staff predictions

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The new-look Miami Marlins have a new stadium, new name, new uniforms, new manager in Ozzie Guillen and went on a spending spree that landed key additions shortstop Jose Reyes, starter Mark Buehrle and closer Heath Bell. The Marlins also boast holdovers Josh Johnson, Hanley Ramirez, Giancarlo Stanton, Emilio Bonifacio, Logan Morrison and Gaby Sanchez.

Sun-Sentinel reporters, editors and columnists make their picks about how the Marlins will fare in an exciting new era of baseball in South Florida:

Mike Berardino
Sports columnist
Record: 92-70
Finish: First in NL East
Comment: All that positive energy from the new stadium, new players and new manager leads to the first division title in franchise history. Amazing what a little climate control can do.


Dave Hyde
Sports columnist
Record: 91-71
Finish: First in NL East
Comment: Philadelphia has the best three starters in baseball, but its lineup is cracking. Marlins spent smartly to fill holes and have a very good defensive team. Of course, if Josh Johnson isn't healthy for 30 starts, all bets are off.


Joseph Schwerdt
Marlins Editor
Record: 87-75
Finish: Second NL East
Comment: The Marlins will be good this year for a lot of reasons: great young talent, solid starters; great speed and a smart, fiery manager in Ozzie Guillen. But the youth may still be a season away from blossoming and the starting rotation goes only as far as Josh Johnson's fragile arm.


Juan C. Rodriguez
Marlins reporter
Record: 86-76
Finish: Third NL East
Comment: Expect the Marlins to be in it until the end, where the Mets will be waiting. The floundering Mets will remember how the Marlins knocked them out of the postseason twice in recent years, priming them to return the favor in the final regular season series of 2012 at Marlins Park. Does baseball work any other way? Look for the Phillies and Nationals to edge the Marlins in the NL East.


Keven Lerner
Online Sports Editor
Record: 83-79
Finish: Second NL East
Comment: The Marlins should boast the best batting lineup in the hotly contested NL East, but it won't be enough to overtake the Phillies and their stellar starting rotation and superb defense.


Craig Davis
Staff Writer
Record: 85-77
Finish: Third NL East
Comment: Too many uncertainties with an overrated starting rotation to rise higher in a competitive, pitching-rich division. A healthy season from Josh Johnson could put a wild card within reach. But only steady Mark Buerhle can be counted on for reliable production.



Steve Svekis
Multimedia Reporter
Record: 82-80
Finish: Third NL East
Comment: A lot of ‘x factors’ need to come through for the Marlins to truly threaten the Phillies and Braves: Jose Reyes¿ legs, Josh Johnson¿s arm, Hanley Ramirez¿s attitude for starters.

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