Miami Marlins: Four Difference Makers Against the Yankees

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 17: J.T. Realmuto
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 17: J.T. Realmuto /
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NEW YORK, NY – APRIL 17: Jarlin Garcia
NEW YORK, NY – APRIL 17: Jarlin Garcia /

Jarlin Garcia +.183

Jarlin Garcia is making an early case for MVP of the Miami Marlins. I’ve put together six of these “Grading the Marlins” articles in the early going this season, and Garcia is on three of them near the top.

Garcia, who led the Marlins last season with 68 appearances as a rookie out of the bullpen, has now only allowed one hit in 11 innings as a rotational starter. He now holds the record for longest scoreless streak to start a career as a starter, by going 10 1/3 innings before allowing a hit.

Garcia was already the best piece of Miami’s bullpen to start the campaign. He started his season on March 30th, in Miami’s 17-inning, 2-1 victory against the Chicago Cubs. Garcia got through five frames in that outing before allowing a hit, and struck out six while giving up a hit and two walks in six innings completed.

In his next appearance, on April 5th, he went four solid innings in a 5-0 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies. He did give up his only runs of the season so far in that one, on a two-run, seventh-inning homer by Maikel Franco.

Miami’s rotation went from five men down to four after the first time through, as Odrisamer Despaigne was moved to the bullpen. Garcia joined the rotation the third time through, drawing Jacob deGrom and the New York Mets on April 11th.

Garcia was superb in his first start, earning a 73 GameScore by going six no-hit innings against the Miracle Mets. He struck out three and walked two, getting 44-of-77 pitches in the strike zone.

Tonight, Garcia continued to mystify opposing hitters from the Five Boroughs. He pitched into the fifth inning before allowing a hit. Garcia did walk five in the early going, but settled down to get through five innings in total. Only Miguel Andujar hit safely against him, with a one-out, fifth-inning double. He then stranded Andujar by striking out Brett Gardner and getting Aaron Judge to fly out to center field.

Garcia currently leads major league baseball with a 0.86 ERA and just 2.57 hits allowed per nine innings.