The Miami Marlins got a bit of an insight on who they are facing when the 2014 MLB season opens up March 31. The Marlins are slated to take on the Colorado Rockies with presumably Jose Fernandez taking the mound at Marlins Park during the first couple weeks of spring.
Barring any unforeseen events, the Marlins’ 21-year-old will get handed the ball and with him on the mound, fans might actually show up for Opening Day. Fernandez has been the go-to-guy this season, becoming the surprising bright spot on the team. Miami’s offense seems to only be functioning when Fernandez is on the mound as well.
Miami will also try to get outfielders Giancarlo Stanton and Christian Yelich off to good starts as it looks like Yelich will be an Opening Day starter come next season due to his late-season boon. The youngsters will finally get their chance to shine, barring any front office meltdowns again during the offseason.
Miami will also host the Tampa Bay Rays in early June for the first part of what is becoming known as the Citrus Series. The Marlins will play its final home series on Sept. 23-25 against the Philadelphia Phillies and will play the final series of the season against the Washington Nationals on Sept. 26-28.
Unless the Marlins get some key pieces this offseason, it looks like Miami is going to be in the bottom of the NL East again. However, the team definitely needs to do better than 60 wins if it wants to make money.