3. Dee Gordon and Christian Yelich combine for at least 80 stolen bases.
To the casual observer, the Marlins may appear to be a power driven team, and perhaps for a good reason. Any lineup that has Stanton and Ozuna will force pitchers to fear the longball, but the Marlins have a pair of speedsters who could do great things together in Yelich and Gordon. Last year, Dee Gordon was simply incredible on the basepaths. By the all-star break, Gordon had 42 stolen bases, and while he slowed down considerably in the second half, he still finished with a league leading 64 stolen bases.
While Yelich isn’t as much of a speedster as Gordon, he’s just as much of a threat on the basepaths as he is at the plate. At just 23, Yelich has some time before he hits his prime, and with another year of experience, it’s not hard to see why the Marlins gave Yelich a $49.6 million contract in March. To see Yelich put up at least 30, while Gordon contributes at least 50 of his own isn’t completely out of the picture.
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