2014 NL East Preview And Predictions

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Sep 6, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins starting pitcher

Jose Fernandez

(16) delivers a pitch against the Washington Nationals during the fourth inning at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

5) Miami Marlins: 68-94

1- Why will this team exceed expectations?

Chris Logel of Marlin Maniac: The Marlins are going to exceed expectations because they have spent the offseason acquiring players with winning pedigrees. The four major signings were all in the playoffs last year, or have a history of playoff appearances. This will rub off on the younger players.

2- Why will this team fall short of expectations?

They won’t exceed expectations because they are still very young. Much will be asked of players that are 25 and under, and consistency will be an issue.

3- Look for the team to make (this trade)

Look for the Marlins to trade Steve Cishek. The closer will be highly sought after close to the trade deadline and the Marlins have three potential fill-ins on the roster (Carter Capps, Carlos Marmol, A.J. Ramos).

4- Watch out for the emergence of (prospect)

Watch out for the emergence of Andrew Heaney. This kid has been absolutely tearing up the minor leagues since the Marlins drafted him. He will be a mid-season call-up and will cement himself as the number 2 starter in the rotation heading into 2015 with a dominating second half.