When you look at a pitchers’ wins and loss record and you see that a pitcher is 0-2 to start the season, you may think that the pitcher has not been doing his job. However, Miami Marlins starter Kevin Slowey has lost his first two starts of the season, after the Marlins went down to the Atlanta Braves in the home opener Monday night, 2-0. Slowey had another terrific outing, but the Marlins offense did not show up to support him once, but a valiant effort keeps Slowey going.
Although Slowey has not pitched in the majors since 2011, he has shown resiliency in the two losses. In 12.1 innings, Slowey has struck out seven batters and has recorded an ERA of 2.19. Not so bad for someone coming off an injury-filled 2011 with the Minnesota Twins and a few minor league starts in the Cleveland Indians system.
Against the Braves Monday, Slowey was out-dueled by Paul Maholm, who did not allow a single run to cross the plate and only allowed one hit. In fact, the Marlins only recorded two hits the entire game. Things like that are not going to win the team any games this season. Placido Polanco and Rob Brantly only recorded hits in the game.
If the rotation stays put, Slowey’s next game could be Sunday against the Philadelphia Phillies, who are not doing entirely great either. Another good Slowey performance could be coming.