The data-driven site Five Thirty Eight has indirectly echoed Dan Le Batard’s sentiment about the Miami Marlins not being very good despite their playoff standing and 60-54 record.

They rank the Marlins as the 17th best team in baseball and the eighth best team in the National League.

Both arguments stem from their less-than-stellar point differential of +14, which trails the St. Louis Cardinals by 55 points despite being a half-game ahead in the standings.

Now obviously playoff seeding is predicated on win/loss record and not point differential but the latter clearly is a better indicator of showing team strength over a significant sample size.

So be wary of the fish, even if they make the playoffs, not merely because they’re run by the worst front office in sports that devours the souls of its fans but because they’re just not that good.