When the Miami Marlins signed right-handed pitcher Kevin Slowey in the offseason, the first reaction was that he would be fighting for the fifth spot in the rotation. With injuries to Nathan Eovaldi and Henderson Alvarez and one of the top pitching prospects in Jacob Turner not doing well in Spring Training, it is Slowey’s chance to show if he has anything left in the tank since he has not started a game since 2011 with the Minnesota Twins. However, in his first start with the Marlins, he will have a tough task as he gets ready to take on the Washington Nationals.
Slowey has never pitched against the Nationals before in his career. However, he has had one of the easier transitions coming to the team since his former battery mate, Mike Redmond, is his manager. That has translated into a decent Spring Training when Slowey struck out 17 batters and allowed five runs in the six games that he played in. That’s a great improvement considering he has not pitched against major-league-type players since September of 2011. Last season, he spent some time in the Cleveland Indians farm system but never made it up to the major league level.
Slowey will be pitching against Gio Gonzalez of the Nationals. Gonzalez faced some controversy this offseason when he was named in the New Miami Times report linking him to Anthony Bosch’s Biogenesis clinic. With that behind him and proving that he is clean, Gonzalez is ready for the 2013 season. Gonzalez does not have a win in two starts against the Marlins. He has a 3.86 ERA and 19 strikeouts.