Miami Marlins: Grading the Fish vs Colorado Rockies
Drew Steckenrider +.114
Drew Steckenrider has appeared in more of these “Grading the Marlins” articles than any other Marlin. This is his fifth time. His collective WPA for the season ranks second on the club, to only Jarlin Garcia.
Steckenrider did not pitch in Friday’s loss. On Saturday, he took the hill with a 4-1 lead for the eighth inning. He got Charlie Blackmon to ground out (+.022), then hit Ian Desmond with a pitch (-.025). He got out of trouble by getting Nolan Arenado to ground to the shortstop for an easy fielder’s choice (+.028) and Trevor Story to line out to third base (+.017).
In Sunday’s game, Steckenrider came in to again pitch the eighth. With a 2-0 Marlins lead, he allowed Gerardo Parra to single (-.067). After that, he struck out the side, getting Pat Valaika (+.059), Tony Wolters (+.046) and Ryan McMahon (+.034) to miss.
Steckenrider has struck out 18 batters in 13 2/3 this season. This builds off the success of last season, when he whiffed 72 in just 48 1/3 innings. He currently holds a 0.88 WHIP and a 2.05 career ERA.