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The Marlins need Giancarlo Stanton to hit for power since he is their only big power threat.
The team currently in fourth place is the Miami Marlins, a team mixed with promising young talent as well as some big free-agent signings from this past winter. The Marlins are a totally different organization this season, with a new ballpark as well as a new team name, and there is hope that could be enough to bring this team back to the postseason.
The Marlins' offense starts with Jose Reyes, the new shortstop signed away from the Mets this winter. Reyes gives the Marlins their first true leadoff hitter in a while and also improves their third base situation (because former shortstop Hanley Ramirez moved over there).
Giancarlo Stanton, formerly Mike Stanton, hasn't been hitting for power yet this year due to a knee injury, but he has the ability to hit 40 home runs.
That's not all the Marlins have in their lineup, either.
Logan Morrison is a solid hitter that can hit for some average and power and really gets on base well. Emilio Bonifacio is another speedster in the lineup who is having a solid start to his 2012 season after a breakout 2011. Gaby Sanchez is an average hitter at first base, and catcher John Buck and second baseman Omar Infante aren't exactly weak links.
The Marlins' rotation is much improved this year, which could be one of the things that helps them become contenders. Ace Josh Johnson has struggled a bit in his first three starts after missing most of last year with an injury and needs to regain his 2010 form for this team to reach their potential.
Mark Buehrle has been very solid since coming over from the White Sox and has a wealth of experience after helping them reach a World Series title. Anibal Sanchez and Ricky Nolasco are both strong in their roles, and if Carlos Zambrano pitches well, the rotation will not have any real weaknesses.
The bullpen has been mostly solid, despite big free-agent signee closer Heath Bell struggling in his first few appearances. Bell has been better in his last two games and has recorded a save in each of those, however.
The rest of the bullpen, featuring Steve Cishek, Edward Mujica, Mike Dunn, Chad Gaudin, Ryan Webb and Randy Choate, has pitched very well to this point.
The Marlins are a young and talented team right now and have a real shot at making the playoffs despite the struggles of some of their key players early on. Once Reyes brings up his .230 average and Stanton starts hitting homers, this team could be very dangerous.
One thing worth noting is that if a hole opens up, they don't really have much premium talent in their farm system to go after a key piece.
Odds to Make Playoffs: 65 Percent
The Marlins get a 65-percent shot to make the playoffs because there is some concern about the health of some of their key players. If the knee injury bothers Stanton all year, Reyes sees his hamstring flare up or Johnson doesn't regain his 2010 form, this team will not reach its full potential.