With a record of 31-24, the Miami Marlins trail the first place Washington Nationals by one game. After a league leading 21 wins in the month of May, the Marlins finally played to their potential and showed they are a team capable of being dominant.
Everything seemed to go right in the month of May for the Marlins. Top hitters Giancarlo Stanton and Hanley Ramirez finally heated up, with stat lines of .343/12/30 and .322/4/20, and top pitchers Josh Johnson and Mark Buehrle pitched better, going a combined 7-0 after going a combined 1-7 in April. It also helps that the Marlins keep receiving nice surprises from Carlos Zambrano and Omar Infante, who have been playing consistently well since the start of the season.
While Miami's month of May was outstanding, don't get too excited. Remember that this team also went an abysmal 8-14 to start the season in April. After seeing their worst and their best, it's clear the Marlins need some extra help before the deadline.
While most would think help is not needed for a team that had the best the record in May, the Marlins have suffered from slumping starters and unfortunate injuries to Emilio Bonifacio and Austin Kearns. The Marlins need help if they want to remain hot and make a push for the playoffs. Now is the time to fix their problems and trades might be the only answer.
Here are four players that can help the Marlins become even more dangerous.