Five Reasons You Need To Be Watching the Miami Marlins Nightly

This exact time last year, the Miami Marlins found themselves in last place (49-81) in the NL East, having been outscored by 110 runs, which was the second worst run differential in the sport.

This year?

The Fish already have 65 wins, they've only been outscored by 22 runs on the year and the good guys (minus rat fink owner Jeffrey Loria) are just four games out of a playoff spot with 31 games left to play. The math still points toward missing the playoffs -- Baseball Prospectus simulates the season every day, creating postseason probability percentages, and the Marlins still have only a 4.7 percent shot of making it -- but if you aren't already, you need to be watching the club every night.

There's long balls, unhinged announcers and excited players you haven't seen since you stopped watching when Jose Reyes and Hanley Ramirez departed. Alas, here are our five reasons you need to start tuning in again.

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Ryan Cortes