Florida Marlins Analysis: Underrated Fish Don't Doubt Themselves

halvar dilContributor IJune 8, 2008

So the beginning of the baseball season came along and you thought of the teams that might be above .500 in the second week of June.

Now I am sure you added the Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees and especially the New York Mets to this list. Now let's look at the facts!

You made a good decision with the Red Sox, as they seem to be on their way to another great season. The Yankees, however, are at the bottom of their division with an even record.

Now let's look at the division rivals of the Florida Marlins. The New York Mets acquired Johan Santana in the offseason, which ought to increase their chances greatly.

Yet, they are 6.5 games behind the division-leading Phillies and they are also three games behind the most underrated team in baseball: the Florida Marlins!

The Marlins have the lowest payroll at roughly $22 million, yet they have been leading the NL East for most of the season and are still strongly in contention.

Now, I admit I did not expect them to be five games above .500 at this point of the season. However, we should have learned over the past 11 seasons that with those Fish anything can happen!

So all you other sportswriters out there: stop ending the Marlins' season before it has started!