The Miami Marlins do have a couple of pitchers starting to come around on the mound. The injury to Jose Fernandez really caught the team with its pants down, but the sudden pitching quality of Henderson Alvarez, Tom Koehler and Nathan Eovaldi has been a welcomed sight. Once thought to be a lost soul, Eovaldi is stepping into his own and starting to realize his potential.
The 24-year-old right-hander is 5-4 this season with a 3.61 ERA. His FIP is a remarkable 3.32 with a career-high 83 strikeouts. Eovaldi has completely turned it around after being traded to Miami from the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 2012 season.
Now, Eovaldi has to help the Marlins get to the playoffs. That task is not going to be easy considering the way the pitching rotation and the bullpen is looking nowadays. The Marlins cannot rely on the back part of the rotation because it is so inconsistent. Brad Hand is not going to be the guy to get the Marlins to the rotation going. Eovaldi will be relied upon just like Alvarez and Koehler.
The rest of the season is going to be interesting to see how it plays out for Eovaldi. He is going to reach a career high in starts, barring any injuries. Already eclipsing his mark in strikeouts, it is safe to say he is having the best season of his career. Hopefully for the Marlins, Eovaldi stays healthy and can help this team to a postseason run.