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The American Chronicle asked Mitch Williams some questions about the NL East.  This one concerns the Marlins.

Q: With the Mets and Phillies both scuffling, the Marlins and Braves have been able to sneak back into the race. Do you think they can stay in the race until September?

A: The Braves might have the best pitching in the division, but I doubt their offense can score enough runs to win the division, and the Marlins are just too young to win this year.

Well let's see.  In 2003 the average age of the pitchers was 26.3 and the average age of the hitters was 27.7.  In 2009 the average age of the pitchers is 25.9 and the average age of the hitters is 26.9.  Really don't see that big of a difference.

But of course, that is for the whole season including some that didn't play all that often.

So let's look further.

The average age of the starting position players in 2003 was 26.5.   The lineup I am using is Pudge, D Lee, Louie, Sea Bass, Mikey, Cabrera, JP and Encarnacion.  The average age of the starting pitching staff was 25.  (Beckett, Penny, Willis, Redmond and Pavano)

In 2009 the average ave of the starting position player is 26.25. (Baker, Cantu, Uggla, Ramirez, Bonifacio, Coghlan, Ross and Hermida.)  The average age of the starting rotation is 24.  (Johnson, Volstad, Nolasco, Miller and West.)

Just not seeing that much of a difference.

There are probably a ton of reasons for the Marlins not being able to win the division this season.  Bonifacio at third, present and future injuries, prone to times of crappy defense, starters wearing out down the stretch, bullpen disasters, no discernible closer and on and on....

But I don't think age simply in and of itself can be considered a reason to exclude the Marlins.