A deep and talented starting rotation led many pundits to christen the Marlins wild-card playoff contenders. But only two big league teams scored fewer runs than Miami's inept batting lineup as the team finished fourth in the NL East with a 69-93 record, an improvement of just two wins from the previous season.
Right-hander Sandy Alcantara enjoyed a banner season and won the NL Cy Young Award after posting 14 wins with a 2.28 ERA and 207 strikeouts over 228.2 frames.
Miami boasts a wealth of quality arms but will only be competitive once it fixes one of the league's worst offensive units.
The Miami Marlins are a National League (NL) East division team based in Miami, Florida. They were formed in 1993 as an expansion team, originally as the Florida Marlins, before becoming the Miami Marlins in 2012.
The Marlins have won two World Series championships in their history. The first was in 1997 when they defeated Cleveland in seven games. The second championship was in 2003 when they defeated the New York Yankees in six games. The Marlins also won the NL pennant in 1997 and 2003.
The team plays their home games at Marlins Park, located in the Little Havana neighborhood of Miami. The stadium opened in 2012 and is known for its colorful design and unique features, such as its retractable roof, retractable glass walls, and the Bobblehead Museum, which features over 800 bobbleheads, as well as the replica of the old Orange Bowl in left field.
The team’s biggest rival is the Atlanta Braves, with whom they compete for the Silver Slugger award. The Marlins also have a long-standing rivalry with the New York Mets originating from a fiery 2007 season finale, and a rivalry with the Phillies, largely due to the two teams being division rivals.
The Miami Marlins have had a number of star players over the years, including Hall-of-Famers Andre Dawson, Mike Piazza, and Ivan Rodriguez.