Andrew Heaney made his long awaited Marlins debut tonight, a day where the Marlins’ offense resembled the pathetic unit from 2013. Stanton was hacking at sliders down and away, nobody could get on base in front of him, and the team failed to score a run against Zack Wheeler. Wheeler has absolutely dominated the Marlins since his debut last season. Miami is now hitting .130 overall against Wheeler.
The good news is Heaney looked solid in his debut, allowing one run on four hits in 6 innings. He whiffed three batters, and walked one. The young lefty struggled with command early on, serving up a 91 MPH fastball to David Wright, which he deposited into the home run sculpture for the only run of the game. Heaney settled down after the third inning, and was able to go deeper into game.
The offense for the fish has been hard to come by lately, scoring one run across their past two games. They have now dropped 7 of their last 10, leaving them at 36-36 for the year. The Marlins desperately needed a quality start, and they got one. It’s worrisome that they were unable to take advantage of this great effort by Heaney, but hopefully Alvarez can keep it going tomorrow.
The future looks bright for Andrew Heaney, and Marlins fans have a lot to be excited about with this young arm. Hopefully next time the team can scratch across a few runs for the kid.