Look, I love the Marlins as much as any fan of the team, but I am holding them to a higher level of expectation this year. Sure, the pundits are consistently picking the Marlins to – yet again – finish at the bottom of the barrel and they aren’t exactly blazing up the highlight reel at ESPN. But isn’t that the normal level of expectation for this team from the national perspective?
It is as if no one really understands baseball.
As for me, I will continue ignoring the national media and their expectations – as they blindly pick the Mets, Yankees, Red Sox and anyone else with a large payroll to win games. This also means though, that sweeping the Nationals is not going to get me excited either. After all, if this team is worthy of the playoffs, it should be beating teams like the Nationals.
And that is the adjustment for Marlin fans these days: gone are the excuses of not investing in this team because the future is questionable. Gone also are the days of not expecting this team to win.
With a very strong young rotation and probably the best all-around player in baseball in Hanley Ramirez, there is plenty of expectation for us. This team can win and has shown off some impressive wins opening up against the Nationals in this series in Miami. The Marlins have dazzled with everything thus far. This is a far cry from normal Marlin opening series – usually they struggle out of the gates but these last few years under Fredi Gonzalez have seen the Marlins come out firing.
Up next is a real test – as much as a test you can have this early in the season. If the Marlins can take the series against the Mets, they will start popping up on people’s radar. As for me, this is what I expect from them – I expect them to win their division, if not make the wild card. To do so, they are supposed to win these series. It’s time to raise our expectation as fans. The Marlins are ready.