This might come as a shock to some who read it but I really didn’t miss-type the title to this article. I know it can be hard at times to see one of the worst records in baseball as a franchise that is building a winning team but the Miami Marlins are. As a matter of fact they are quite a ways in front of the Houston Astros for the unenviable spot of baseball’s worst record. They also are right with the Chicago White Sox battling for the third worst.
It might seem crazy to think of such a position as successful but considering the Marlins were far and away the worst team for a lot of the first half of the season, it is quite an accomplishment to run down and pass the Astros and possibly to eventually takeover the third worst spot from the White Sox. That is an upward trend and the main reason for it is their good young pitching staff.
Nathan Eovaldi, Jose Fernandez, Henderson Alvarez and Jacob Turner are rumored to be untouchable as four strong pillars of the Marlins starting staff. These guys are the reason the Marlins are climbing the standings and playing teams as good as the best in baseball really tough. The key to note here is that the front office of the Marlins is doing the right thing to build on the little successes of this season.
Step one to building a winning team long-term is to build a successful and mostly young starting staff. They have done that save for the fifth starter but that can come later. The second step is to stick with those starters. We will see how that works for the Marlins but they appear ready to label these guys untouchable and look for offense to help them win next season. Anytime a team is rebuilding with solid young pitching in place, anything can happen.