The Marlins are going to field a pretty good team this year.
CF- Juan Pierre - overrated leadoff man still a nice player to have
2B- Luis Castillo - good number 2 hitter starting the downside of his career
RF- Miguel Cabrera - next generations Manny Ramirez without the baggage. An awesome talent
1B- Carlos Delgado - Can he hit for same power in South Florida? Heavy Spanish influence of team and city may re-invigorate him
3B- Mike Lowell - Awesome pre-All Star break player, below averag after AS break. Still one of the NL's best third basemen
C- Paul LoDuca - Another guy that tails off in the second half of the season, but a good guy to have on the team, as catching isn't very strong in NL.
LF- Jeff Conine - Another overrated player, but not a liability in the 7th hole.
SS- Alex Gonzalez - Very good defensive SS who has some power at the plate, but goes into long extended slumps filled with strikeouts and bad at bats.
SP- Josh Beckett - The only question is if he can stay blister-free
SP- A. J. Burnett - Should be back to having #1 starter stuff 2 years after surgery
SP- Al Leiter - Second go around in Florida. What will he have left?
SP- Dontrelle Willis - Streaky pitcher entering his third season. Pretty good guy to have in the fourth spot in your rotation
SP- Ismeal Valdez - Just an innings eater, nothing special here
Closer- Guillermo Mota - He and the rest of the bullpen will be a huge question mark for the Marlins this upcoming season. The 'pen killed the Fish in '04.
If I were still living in SoFla I'd be sure to go see this team as many times as I could. Now I'm stuck with Todd Helton and the seven dwarfs playing in a great ballpark.
The NL East is shaping up to be a tough division in 2005. I'd love to see someone other than Atlanta finish first.