Miami Marlins vs. Oakland Athletics: Three stories to watch
What Should Miami Marlins Fans Expect From Edinson?
Obviously, the Miami Marlins have a deep pool of evidence to draw from when studying how long pitchers stay dialed in after tossing a no-hitter.
Having five more no-hitters than the New York Mets will do that.
So what exactly does the historical record say fans can expect from Edinson Volquez when he next takes the mound? Is he due to crash after a couple long outings? Or can we pencil this in as an easy Marlins victory?
It’s hard to say. Volquez’s run of four straight quality starts begins with a a game against these Athletics. But the A’s crushed him last year in two starts he made for the Royals. So we get to find out tonight whether that last outing was proof of adjustment or just aberration.
Volquez has turned in a quality performance in five of his last six, and followed up the no-hitter with seven sterling innings of shutout ball. Arm fatigue is definitely in play here.
If we go by the track record of success post no-no, the Fish are in pretty good shape. Al Leiter managed to reel off five straight quality starts following his. Kevin Brown finished just short of that mark at four.
A.J. Burnett was bombed in his first game post no-no (a hurdle Volquez has cleared), but followed it up with four straight games of 8.0 IP or better. Anibal Sanchez? Three straight quality starts, followed by a five inning win.
We’ll skip over Henderson Alvarez, who turned in one of the bigger mic drops in team history by tossing his gem on the last day of the season. So not much help there.
All that being said, I like his chances Wednesday. It will be the Nationals game that worries me.