Almost eight weeks into the season, the Miami Marlins sit in third place in the NL East. With a record of only 27-22, underachieving may be the right word for this team after all the hype they received before the season started.
After a slow start to the season, the Marlins have heated up in the month of May, showing teams why they are a threat. With the NL East becoming the most competitive division in the National League this year, the Marlins will need to have all the parts moving perfectly to win the East.
Certainly the Marlins have all the pieces to win the East, but will the Marlins buckle down like they did in May for the rest of the season or will they fold?
Here are five reasons to believe the Marlins can win the East.