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Offishial news, 4/8/21: Bottom Feeders again

Maybe an escape from LoanDepot Park will do the Marlins some good.

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St Louis Cardinals v Miami Marlins
Must’ve been a tough homestand to watch from the owner’s suite
Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images

Ugly yet unsurprising

Sure, you may be feeling deflated about the 1-5 start to the Marlins season. The team is in a familiar position despite supposedly making huge strides in their rebuild. The Braves hogged much of the bad press out of the gates by losing four straight, but then swept a doubleheader on Wednesday, meaning that the Fish have sunk to the bottom of the NL East.

However, I’m struggling to understand why anybody would be outraged or demanding roster moves so soon. The 2021 Marlins were not constructed with postseason contention in mind. Yes, in a dream scenario, they have the potential to sneak into October, but not because the Adam Duvalls and Adam Cimbers of the world will lead them there.

This major league season is all about watching the young core pieces continue to progress toward their ultimate ceilings. So far so good from Sandy Alcantara and Pablo López, and even Jazz Chisholm Jr. and Trevor Rogers have given us some thrilling sequences despite mediocre overall stats. The next wave of must-watch players aren’t currently on the active roster, but it’s a long season.

There’s time for Sixto Sánchez and Edward Cabrera to recover from injury. There’s time for former first-round picks JJ Bleday and Max Meyer to break through. There’s time for Jesús Sánchez, Lewin Díaz and Monte Harrison to adjust after 2020’s rude welcome to The Show. There’s time, and nothing about this six-game sample changes that.

Walk-off links

  • FiveThirtyEight gives the Marlins a 37% chance to win their next game against the Mets.
  • Thanks to Gary Mack for inviting me onto his MetsMusings podcast to look ahead to the series.