Miami Marlins starting pitcher Kevin Slowey has been outstanding in four starts this season. Unfortunately, he has nothing to show for it as Miami’s offense has yet to give him any significant run support in his outings. Will Slowey be able to record his first win of the 2013 Major League Baseball season when the Marlins take on the Chicago Cubs Thursday night?
The 28-year-old is 0-2 with a 1.90 earned run average, 15 strikeouts, six walks and a .261 opponent batting average in 23 2/3 innings this season. His ERA is the best on the team among pitchers who have tossed at least four innings this year. Only rookie starter Jose Fernandez can rival Slowey’s overall numbers, with the exception of ERA, and he has not received any run support either.
Slowey has only faced the Cubs one time in 104 career games. That contest occurred on June 12, 2009 when he was making starts for the Minnesota Twins. Slowey allowed three earned runs on four hits while striking out a whopping 10 batters in six innings. He walked away with the win, something the Marlins are hoping he can do again in his second time around against Chicago.
The right-hander has only given up more than one earned run in one game in his first four starts. That came against the Atlanta Braves on April 8 in which he surrendered two earned runs on six hits in seven innings. If Slowey can keep the Washington Nationals, Philadelphia Phillies and Cincinnati Reds sluggers at bay then he should have no problem keeping the Cubs quiet.
Hopefully, the Marlins will be able get some runs off of Chicago starter Edwin Jackson in order for Slowey to be eligible for the win.