After yet another walk-off loss to the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday night, does the Miami Marlins front office need to consider a change in the team’s rotation?
Judging by the Miami Marlins current series with the Chicago Cubs, despite losing once again in walk-off fashion Wednesday night, the team is improving. It’s hard to look at a 10-win team and see change, but the Marlins are getting better.
But losses are still mounting. Yes, the rotation is still young but shows plenty of promise. The lineup is inept at times and lacks power in the middle of the order and the discipline to string together runs. But if the team’s calling card is a group of young arms who are supposed to produce wins on the mound, should there be changes if they are not winning games?
Trevor Richards hasn’t won a ballgame so far. Sandy Alcantara and Jose Urena have one win apiece. You can look at the bullpen as a culprit as it has failed to protect good pitching performances this season. My thought the past week has been would the Marlins consider shaking up the rotation, if it meant getting wins out of its starting five?
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Other than Caleb Smith, is there a reliable arm to send out there and feel confident about securing the “W”?
The Marlins have done a solid job of securing young pitchers through trades and home-grown talent. These pitchers are developing in the minors, some are ready to test Major League hitting. If the win totals continue to dwindle and the chance of making a move out of the last place in the National League East is all but forgotten, would the team call up Zac Gallen earlier than expected to see what he can do?
Per MLB.com, Gallen once again showed he is an MLB call away from proving he belongs in The Show. Right now, he owns the Pacific Coast League for the New Orleans Baby Cakes.
"“The 23-year-old righty completed at least seven innings for a fourth time in seven starts, continuing his terrific start to the season. His Pacific Coast League-leading ERA increased from 1.12 to 1.14 with Wednesday’s outing, and he added seven more punchouts to his circuit-leading total of 55 strikeouts. He also paces all PCL hurlers in WHIP (0.57), having allowed 19 hits and eight walks in 47 1/3 innings.”"
It’s these kinds of performances that have me wondering if the starting five is the wrong combination? Richards has one of the best changeups in the Majors. Pablo Lopez added more velocity this offseason. Alcantara is still a bit tentative on the mound. Urena has had good outings with bad luck behind him.
It might be worth a shot to see if moving some pitchers around could shake things up for the better.