Since the injury to Jose Fernandez, which cost the Miami Marlins their star pitcher, the rotation has recovered better than anyone predicted. The Marlins’ rotation did turn out an All-Star after all, and that was Henderson Alvarez.
Alvarez has pitched great all season long, and he has never been more important to the Marlins than he is right now. With a young pitching staff, Miami does not have an anchor like Fernandez to lead the staff. All the weight is on top of Alvarez’s shoulders, and he has handling the enormous pressure with very impressive poise.
Through 19 starts this season, Alvarez has thrown a major league-leading three complete game shutouts, and has a career-low 2.63 ERA and a solid 3.35 FIP. He is also on his way to a career-high mark in strikeouts, already recording 73.
His statistics have been there all season long, but for the next part of the season, Alvarez has to pitch lights-out. He has six wins in 10 decisions. Miami may not be able to produce the necessary amount of offense to get the win day in and day out, but Alvarez has to keep the Marlins close.
There is no one on the staff that the Marlins can really rely on consistently to get the job done. So, Alvarez needs to take advantage of his big break as a leader.