Miami Marlins Top Performers Against Cincinnati Reds
Caleb Smith +.242
Caleb Smith started the second game of the series against the Reds. In his previous two starts, he had struck out 19 in 13 innings, and allowed only four hits and one intentional walk.
In Smith’s start in the Great American Ballpark, it was more of the same. From my earlier synopsis of Miami’s win on Saturday:
"Caleb Smith pitched neat and clean for 5 2/3 innings, earning a 73 GameScore with seven strikeouts. He allowed no runs on three hits and a walk. Smith has now allowed seven hits and two walks while striking out 26 in his last 18 2/3 innings. That’s a three-game opposing slashline split of .125/.155/.143 for those of you counting. The stretch has lowered his ERA from 6.89 to 3.67 and his WHIP from 1.979 down to 1.165. He also has 48 K’s over 34 1/3 innings for the season, that’s 12.58 K’s per nine innings."
So, yeah. Can I legally quote myself without citing my source? Seems pretty meta. Just maybe this guy is the real deal, and that guy who started the season walking 15 batters in 15 2/3 innings is the pretender. Let’s hope so.
We’ve seen a lot of good results from Miami’s starting rotation lately. Not only has Smith been on point, but Jarlin Garcia has thrown open the door and put his arm into the mix. Add to that solid showings from Jose Urena, Dillon Peters, and Trevor Richards, and you’ve got the makings of the future of the Miami Marlins rotation.