Loria told reporters that he fully expects his team to make the postseason, even suggesting that they had a legitimate chance last season. Gonzalez was in fact almost fired after the 2009 season, but was fortunately brought back.
The Marlins are currently 13-14, 3.5 games behind the leading Phillies. The starting pitching is fairly strong, but the offense has been mediocre, especially from 2009 NL Rookie of the Year Chris Coghlan. One NL source believes Coghlan could be benched if his game does not pick up.
I fully expect the Braves to make a serious push to reel in Fredi Gonzalez as their next manager. Take nothing away from anyone on Cox's current staff, but Gonzalez is a Cox-product and a great manager who is familiar with the Braves' style of play and front office management.
The Marlins and Gonzalez have never gotten along. It is very similar to what happened with Joe Girardi.