The 34-year-old has been all over the place, as he has played for eight different teams in his 14 MLB seasons, but this has finally been his breakout season. He went practically undrafted in nearly every format outside of the San Diego area and has since become one of the best free agent pickups this season.
Marquis has won five consecutive decisions for fantasy owners. After another gem this week, the righty has improved his record to 6-2 and lowered his ERA down to 3.27. He has only allowed three earned runs in the last 21 innings of work and has pitched like one of the elite aces in the game.
The Staten Island native is even holding opposing hitters to a mere .227 batting average. Marquis is punishing hitters inside with his slider, while his fastball has amazing late movement on it that is very deceptive for hitters to track.
Marquis pitches his home games at Petco Park, which is perhaps the most pitcher-friendly park in the majors. He induces ground outs 56% of the time, which can be a pitcher’s best friend when it comes to double plays and other easy outs across the diamond. Petco Park will famously hold 99.9% of long balls inside the park because of the far fences, so any ground ball pitcher can become an All-Star hurler in San Diego.
Marquis has earned a roster spot this season and his performance should no longer surprise fantasy owners.