I know you have heard it before if you have watched Major League Baseball longer than a few weeks. This or that starting pitcher cannot get a win because they do not get a lick of run support. Well that does happen and Nathan Eovaldi of the Miami Marlins should be the poster boy for it. This guy would have to stack the batting order with himself to have a decent chance to get some runs scored in support of yet another great outing. Maybe he should whine and ask to be traded because times are tough. A lot of others would.
Just in case you think I’m kidding, I’ll throw some numbers at you. Eovaldi has given up 2 or fewer runs in seven of his last ten starts. Yes, that is good. Here is the kicker though. During those seven quality starts his record is a head-scratching 1 – 2. Two of those starts saw him give up zero runs and he got a no-decision for both. One of his two losses came when he gave up only one single run. Really? One run in seven plus and he losses? Wow.
Did I mention that in one of those no-decisions he only gave up one hit? One hit and zero runs in seven innings and it’s a no decision. Try not whining when that happens to you. I for one can appreciate the way this guy goes about his work though. Hopefully if he decides to stick with the Marlins and they with him, he will get ace duties when they finally put together a steady offense over there. No one deserves a different win-loss record more than Eovaldi this year. If there were an award for least run support he would win it hands down. Maybe, just maybe things will improve for him.