By Spencer Impellizzeri @Spence_I on April 25, 2014
The Marlins struggled last season, going 62-100, but the emergence of a core group of pitchers has gotten the team off to a 10-12 start. While it may be unrealistic to expect the Marlins to contend this season, the pitching staff has given something to build around moving forward. Couple the young pitching with a lineup built around Giancarlo Stanton, and the future looks very bright for the Marlins.
Jose Fernandez picked up where he left off last season and has been dominant for the Marlins. The 21-year-old is 3-1 with a 1.99 ERA, holding batters to a .195 average while striking out 47 batters. Fernandez has walked just six batters and has a 7.83 SO/BB ratio this season and should be in the running for the NL CY Young Award again this year.
A key piece in the Hanley Ramirez trade, Eovaldi has been solid this season, going 1-1 with a 2.87 ERA in five starts. He has struck out 30 batters while walking just four during those appearances. It looks like Eovaldi has put it all together this season and is turning the corner in his career.
Alvarez got off to a rocky start to the season but seemed to turn the corner in his latest start, throwing a complete game, two hitter. The win helped Alvarez improve to 1-2 on the season with a 2.66 ERA. Alvarez has really been hurt by unearned runs, as only 7 of the 12 runs he has given up this season were earned. If his latest performance is any indication, Alvarez's future looks very bright.
Koehler has been a pleasant surprise for the Marlins this season. After going 5-10 with a 4.41 ERA last season, Koehler has started of this season by going 2-1 with a 2.13 ERA. He has gone at least six innings in all four of his starts and only allowed two runs in his lone loss. He is also holding batters to a .198 average. Koehler's emergence gives the Marlins four talented young arms.
Kevin Slowey is just a temporary fill in the rotation for the Marlins. The fifth starting spot will go to Jacob Turner when he returns from the DL. Slowey lasted five innings in his lone start, giving up two runs in a no-decision. Slowey has had just an average season, sporting a 4.15 ERA and has been up and down in his five appearances, mostly out of the bullpen.
Steve Cishek and A.J. Ramos have anchored the bullpen for the Marlins. Cishek is 4-for-4 in save opportunities and has yet to allow a run in seven appearances while Ramos is 1-0 with a 0.96 ERA over 11 appearances. A high number of walks has plagued the bullpen and is a big reason that it hasn't been more successful. The Marlins do have a star closer in Cishek to build around for the future, though.
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