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The Marlins and Phillies square off again tonight in the rubber match of a three-game series at Marlins Park. Jarred Cosart will be on the bump for the Fish, Alec Asher will take the hill for Philadelphia.
Asher, a 23-year-old righty, has struggled in his time with the Phillies. This season, Asher is 0-4 with a 9.78 ERA and 7.13 FIP. He’s labeled as the fifth starter in Philly, where the rotation is filled with unproven prospects and a veteran fill-in from time to time.
The Marlins’ rotation hasn’t felt too different this season. Much of that can be accredited to injuries, the rest may be due to trades.
Jarred Cosart falls under the ‘injury’ category, with his prolonged period of absence with ‘vertigo’. However, the 25-year-old Marlin has returned and pitched like he was expected to. Since Cosart’s return from injury, he’s provided three nice outings, one against the Mets, and two against September’s best offense, the Nationals.
Tonight sees a fair amount of contrast from those two offenses. Cosart will face a Phillies offense which proves to be one of the worst in baseball. They rank 28th in the MLB with just 576 runs this season. Philadelphia also sits 29th in runs scored throughout these last two weeks at just 39. In that stretch, the Phillies also own a .196 batting average, which is the worst in baseball.
That being said, Jarred Cosart should have no problem continuing to make strides. In 15.2 innings this month, Cosart posts a 1.72 ERA, holding opposing hitters to just a .214 batting average in that span. This year at home, Cosart has fired 32.2 innings, owning a 1.93 ERA and holding opposing hitters to a .210 batting average.
With all of these factors taken into account, tonight’s matchup looks like a recipe for a quality start and a Marlins win.
Due to the time he’s missed with his inner ear disorder, Jarred Cosart will be added to the list of Miami Marlins to join the Arizona Fall League this offseason. After such disappointment surrounding Cosart throughout the first half of the season, he’s come along strongly in September, and looks to continue to make strides and improve through the end of 2015 and in the offseason.
Despite Miami’s notions of acquiring offseason pitching, it still remains likely that Cosart will hold a spot in the Marlins’ rotation come Opening Day of 2016. If he can keep up efficient performances like his last couple, he should be a valuable fixture in the back end of the rotation come April.
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