Miami Marlins: Grading the Fish vs Colorado Rockies

MIAMI, FL - MARCH 31: Brian Anderson
MIAMI, FL - MARCH 31: Brian Anderson /
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LOS ANGELES, CA – APRIL 24: Nick Wittgren /

Nick Wittgren +.205

Nick Wittgren had posted a 7-4 record with a 3.83 ERA for the Miami Marlins between 2016 and 2017. He struck out 85 in 94 innings with a 1.266 WHIP and a 3.63 FIP. All pretty respectable, but he wound up starting the season with the New Orleans Baby Cakes anyway.

For two weeks to begin 2018, Wittgren racked up a not-so-encouraging 10.13 ERA at the triple-A level. Miami recalled him from New Orleans on April 20th anyway.

Since getting back, Wittgren has appeared in five games and pitched the same amount of innings. He has struck out seven and allowed only four hits, but has walked five over that time.

Wittgren came in to pitch the eighth inning on Friday, hoping to keep the Marlins close in the 1-0 contest against Colorado. He allowed Ryan McMahon to single to open the inning (-.033). After Pat Valaika sacrificed McMahon to second (+.012), he struck out Charlie Blackmon (+.035). He intentionally walked Nolan Arenado (-.007), then unintentionally walked David Dahl (-.025). With the bases loaded, he then struck out Trevor Story (+.068) to end the drama.

In Saturday’s contest, Wittgren relieved Wei-Yin Chen with one out and runners on the corners, with a 3-1 lead in the sixth inning. Wittgren struck out Chris Iannetta (+.089) and got Gerardo Parra to fly out (+.066). His night was done, but he put out the fire with no damage taken.