LOS ANGELES -- With 36 games left, the Marlins are seeking to win as many games as possible down the stretch of a disappointing season.
They're looking to avoid a last-place finish for the second straight year. So there is incentive to perform. For many players, it is a critical final stretch in terms of whether they fit into Miami's plans for 2013.
Manager Ozzie Guillen says he doesn't need to see the final 36 games to determine who can play at a high level or not.
"I already know who can play and who cannot," Guillen said. "To me, I don't need to go to scout school to know who is good or not. ... I'm almost 30 years in the big leagues. I know who can play in the big leagues and who can't play in the big leagues or who is not ready to play in the big leagues. Or who had a bad year or a good year -- that's another thing."
The Marlins feel they have the pieces to build around for next year. They anticipate a rotation that will include Josh Johnson, Mark Buehrle, Ricky Nolasco and possibly Nathan Eovaldi and Jacob Turner.
Making dramatic turnarounds are common for all clubs. Guillen said he predicted the White Sox, his former club, had the makings of a strong season under new manager Robin Ventura.
"That happened last year with me," Guillen said. "I said, 'Hey, if you keep those guys, they just had a bad year for me. That's it. Even when I left, I said that. Look at them now: They're playing the way they should be playing. It's about talent.
"We've got to sit down, look at the talent and be realistic about the talent that we have."