A year older and a year better, the Marlins may not fade this time.
The Florida Marlins have officially gone from “pesky” to “intimidating.” Balanced by a speed-and-power offense and best young rotation in baseball, it appears the Marlins have come full circle, cycling through the rebuilding stage and reaching the point they last experienced in 2003 when they won it all. They’re tough, they unafraid, and some might say their rotation is already the division’s best on paper. The similarities between the Josh Johnson-led ’09 rotation and Josh Beckett-led ’03 version are uncanny. Meanwhile, the Braves look better, and those who watched last night’s game should note the improvements in Washington. The Mets and Phillies, meanwhile, tread water, with the Phils’ pitchers well under the bar they set last season.