By Ryan Gaydos @RyanGaydos on March 20, 2014
The Miami Marlins have nothing to lose this season. With Opening Day just a few days a way, manager Mike Redmond as some decisions to make regarding the lineup for the series against the Colorado Rockies. Here is some analysis about the potential lineup.
The Marlins signed the veteran to give much-needed help to the team's second base position. With Furcal leading off this year, Miami has a chance to put some wheels on the basepaths early in games and score some runs.
Projected to start in center field, Christian Yelich will enter his first full season with the Marlins. Yelich will bat second against the Rockies on Opening Day. His success at the second slot will be huge for Miami. With his ability to run the bases, the players behind him could start games off quickly with a lot of run scoring.
Hitting in the third slot, Stanton will be relied to rack up the RBI for the Marlins this season. After having a bit of a setback last season, a healthy Stanton will need to do everything he can to help Miami win games with Furcal and Yelich in front of him.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia should bat in the fourth slot for the Marlins. It will give a lot of protection to Stanton, and with Jorge De La Rosa pitching for Colorado, Garrett Jones should not be in the lineup at all. Saltalamacchia was the top signing for Miami this offseason and will have to play like it this season.
Knowing how bad Garrett Jones is against lefties, it should not be an issue when Jeff Baker takes the field at first base on Opening Day. Redmond needs to have a platoon situation at first. Baker would be perfect to start the day at the position.
Brain Bogusevic was acquired by the Miami Marlins from the Chicago Cubs in the offseason. Marcell Ozuna was projected to start in the outfield at the beginning of spring training, but with his struggles, Bogusevic is moving into the slot. Bogusevic needs to just get on base for Miami. He is not going to hit a ton of homers or drive in a lot of runs. His ability to get on is the most important thing he can do.
Casey McGehee had an incredible season in the Japanese Pacific League. It will not necessarily translate into major-league success, but Miami did sign a nice player in McGehee. Batting in the back of the order, you might see him improve his power numbers. However, he cannot be too home run happy. It will kill any momentum Miami may have.
Adeiny Hechavarria did not have a good 2013 at the plate. He will have to step up a bit batting. Miami is also counting on him to provide good defensive numbers for the second straight year. He did receive some consideration for the NL Gold Glove award and will need to replicate those numbers.
He is not going to be relied upon for his bat, but Jose Fernandez can start out the season great with a victory against the Rockies. A good start will lead to good vibes for the rest of Miami's season.
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