By Tyler Ruby on May 23, 2014
The Miami Marlins have been one of the more pleasant surprises in this early season, and that is due to their strong play at home. They are 18-7 at home, and their pitching is certainly taking advantage of the spacious Marlins Park. If the Marlins hope to keep this up, there are five players who will need to continue to play at a high level.
Read on to find out who the five most irreplaceable players on the Miami Marlins are.
He may only be hitting .261 on the year, but Marcell Ozuna is important to this team both offensively and defensively. He has 30 RBIs on the year and has scored 21 runs. Defensively, he mans a great center field as he his second on the team, behind only Giancarlo Stanton, in dWAR with a 1.0.
Outside of the now-injured Jose Fernandez, Tom Koehler has been the most effective starting pitcher for the Marlins this year. He boasts a 3.10 ERA, including four wins so far this season, and if the Marlins have any chance of hanging around for the long haul, Koehler will need to be on top of his game.
Henderson Alvarez is the most talented pitcher on the roster right now. He is the ace of the staff now, and the Marlins cannot afford to lose him along with Jose Fernandez. Alvarez is only 2-3 this year, but he has a 3.21 ERA, and he has the stuff to be a dominant pitcher in this league.
Steve Cishek has been completely dominant in the latter innings of the game as he has a sub-2.00 ERA with nine saves to go along with it. He also has four wins on the season. With the starting pitching going late into games, Cishek is one of the most important players on this team with his ability to close the door in the ninth inning with relative ease.
Is this even a question? Not only is Giancarlo Stanton the best player on the Marlins, he is one of the best players in the league. He leads the Marlins in hits, homeruns, average, and RBIs. He is the one guy in the Marlins lineup that opposing pitchers have to plan around. The Marlins lineup is just different when he's in the middle of it. If he were removed in any way, the Marlins would not even be close to the same team.
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