It was uncertain who was going to be in the Miami Marlins‘ final-pitching rotation slot. Among the candidates were Tom Koehler, Brad Hand and Kevin Slowey. Hand and Slowey have gotten their chances to crack the rotation in Jacob Turner‘s absence toward the beginning of the year. Koehler, on the other hand, is starting to come into his own.
He may have been on the bubble, but Koehler is starting to rise above his potential. He lasted eight strong innings against the New York Mets Wednesday, striking out five batters and not allowing a run in the no-decision effort. Miami pulled out the win and finished the sweep of the Mets, propelling the Marlins to the top of the division.
Koehler is 3-2 on the season with a 1.99 ERA. Opponents are only batting .177 against him as Koehler is starting to put together a fantastic year, much better than his previous couple of years with the Marlins last year and in 2012.
The righty will be back in action Monday against the Los Angeles Dodgers. He will really get a chance to show how much he has improved from last year to this year with a start in mid-May against the Dodgers. Koehler is having a great start to the season and the Marlins success depends on not only him, but the four other pitchers and the entire Marlins team.
Miami is gelling really well and it shows with the team being on top of the leaderboard.