Henderson Alvarez has demonstrated he deserves a chance to be among the top starters next season when the Miami Marlins try to bounce back from their 100-loss season and be a competitive force in the National League again.
Alvarez will enter spring training as the Marlin pitcher who no-hit the Detroit Tigers on the last day of the regular season. He’s primed to have an outstanding season and help the Marlins be one of the most improved teams in the National League.
He missed three months of this season with right shoulder inflammation but has demonstrated his resiliency and mental toughness as pitcher.
Considering the Tigers didn’t have most of their main hitters in the lineup and that it happened on a Sunday in a meaningless game that not many cared about, that won’t be lost on Alvarez and the Marlins. He has demonstrated he has the necessary tools to be among the Marlins’ best pitchers.
To bounce back from an awful 2013 MLB season, the Marlins have to start with pitching, and Alvarez gives them one arm on which they can focus, provided he can stay healthy.
If the Marlins can find some offense for next season, their pitching could help make them a surprise team. He was only 5-6 this year, but next season Alvarez could win up to 15 games. He’s not quite to the level of a Justin Verlander, although he did get the best of the Tiger ace on Sunday.
Alvarez allowed one walk in his no-hitter against the Tigers and showed he has plenty of tools on the mound he can use to help the Marlins be a winner whenever the ball is in his hands.