After a stint on the Injured List, the Miami Marlins will send rookie pitcher Jordan Yamamoto to the mound tonight against the Washington Nationals.
The team announced the move to bring the 23-year-old back to the rotation ahead of the game against the team’s National League East rival. Miami will face Stephen Strasburg, who is 17-6 this season with a 3.49 ERA and 235 strikeouts this season.
The Marlins will face the hard-throwing righty the night after the team lost its 100th game of the season.
Yamamoto started this season on fire, winning his first four games after being called up from Double-A Jacksonville prior to the All-Star break. This then, he has been a contrast in pitching. He is 0-5 since then with an 8.13 ERA. He has appeared in 14 games this season for Miami.
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The start also comes the night after Robert Dugger suffered his third loss against no wins this season. Both Yamamoto and Dugger were teammates in Jacksonville with the Jumbo Shrimp at the beginning of the season at the Double-A level.
As a side note, the Nationals shuffled their rotation to give Strasburg the start so he could get enough rest should the team need to play in the National League wild-card game. Yamamoto is moving into the spot in the rotation held by Elieser Hernandez.
Alcantara named Marlins best rookie: I don’t think you would get too many arguments that Sandy Alcantara, despite a losing record, has been the Marlins best rookie this season.
Per the website, Alcantara was named as the Marlins best rookie, where a top performer was announced for all 30 MLB teams.
"“Alcantara was the Marlins’ No. 4 starter when the season opened. The 24-year-old will close out the year as Miami’s leading candidate to be the Opening Day starter in 2020. Alcantara, the Marlins’ lone All-Star, got better as the season progressed,” MLB.com’s staff adds.“The hard-throwing right-hander has already set the Marlins’ record for most innings pitched by a rookie, and he’s the third rookie in franchise history to make at least 30 starts.”"
Alcantara holds the Marlins record for the most innings pitched by a rookie. He also has two complete-game shutouts this season.