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The Marlins have a meager payroll, but Jon Paul Morosi says they're league's biggest surprise in the first half. Find out their keys to success.
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This is John Paul Morrissey reported foxsports.com. The Marlins have the lowest payroll in the major leagues so it's an achievement of sorts whenever they content. But here they are once again right in the middle the National League east race in the league's most surprising teams in the first half. The blend of talent on this year's roster is -- common ones self sport. Used in second chance veterans. The rotation is headlined by 25 year old All-Star Josh Johnson. Last year's east Ricky Nolasco. Has been dominant since returning from his stint in the minor leagues. At 26 Nolasco is -- -- in a rotation that includes Andrew Miller -- west and principles that. With closer Matt Lindstrom on the disabled list the Marlins are looking around for bullpen and upgrades. Outfielder Jeremy Hermida is a possible trade chip but they should be very pleased with the performance of left hander Dan Meyer. Who had an ERA over seven with the Indians last year but it has become a reliable late inning performer for manager Freddy Gonzales. A balanced offense is led by Hanley Ramirez the All-Star starter shortstop the league batting leader. And one of the game's most exciting players. But as of Wednesday morning he had missed three straight starts with a sore right -- An ominous sounding injury in baseball this year. The underrated Cody Ross put up All-Star caliber numbers in the first half. And younger players like community Obama Fazio or Chris Scotland and Brett Carroll have produced enough to play regular. Together they have proven all over again. It's possible to feel the contender. For about thirty million dollars. Five specific.