Sound off on the Marlins

Originally Published: March 26, 2007

The Marlins were expected to lose 100 games last season. But thanks to the leadership of Joe Girardi, the young Fish surprised everyone in the baseball world by going 78-84 and finishing a game behind the third-place Braves in the NL East.

Now Girardi is gone, and the heat is on Fredi Gonzalez to match his success. Time will tell if Gonzalez has the same magic touch.

The good news is that Miguel Cabrera could end up winning the MVP. Hanley Ramirez has emerged as a leader on and off the field. And their young, talented pitching staff possesses a full year of experience under its belt.

Yet questions still linger. Jeremy Hermida hasn't hit a lick all spring. Josh Johnson (12-7, 3.10 ERA last year) will open on the DL and might miss two months with a nerve problem in his throwing arm. Josh Willingham and Mike Jacobs must prove they aren't one-hit wonders. And rookie Matt Lindstrom is being handed the keys to the closer role.

Can the Marlins stay on track and continue to progress, or is trouble ahead? Let us know what you think.