The Miami Marlins‘ use of left-handed pitcher Brad Hand has been quite curious this season. Hand started the year as a reliever for the most part of the year right until the starting rotation started to experience a lot of injuries. After missing the entire month of June, Hand’s last five appearances since July 3 have all been starts.
Hand’s first three starts were okay, to say the least. He did not last through the seventh, but allowed only three runs twice and recorded zero earned runs once. However, in his last two starts, Hand has really turned it around and has given the Marlins two quality starts and wins.
In his last start Friday, He went 7 1/3 innings against the Houston Astros allowing no runs on three hits, keeping the Marlins in the game to record the win. Hand also only threw 97 pitches in the game and got enough offense to get the win. This could be a sure sign that Hand is finally turning it around.
When Hand entered the league in 2011, he posted a 1-8 record in 12 starts with a 4.20 ERA. It was not good, and since then, he has bounced around the organization from Triple-A to the majors and from the bullpen to the starting rotation. His seven starts this season is the most he had since his first year with the club.
It is time that Hand got it together and started pitching well for the Marlins. The 24 year old is becoming a solid middle of the rotation type pitcher and will hopefully continue to pitch well for the Miami for the rest of the season.