Miami Marlins: Bold predictions for pitchers in 2020

PHOENIX, ARIZONA - SEPTEMBER 17: Caleb Smith #31 of the Miami Marlins delivers a pitch in the first inning of the MLB game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on September 17, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)
PHOENIX, ARIZONA - SEPTEMBER 17: Caleb Smith #31 of the Miami Marlins delivers a pitch in the first inning of the MLB game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on September 17, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images) /
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CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – JUNE 18: Brandon Kintzler #20 of the Chicago Cubspitches against the Chicago White Sox at Wrigley Field on June 18, 2019, in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) /

A Closer with Consistency

Don Mattingly stopped short prior to Spring Training of naming Brandon Kintzler the team’s new closer, but seeing as he has the most experience in that role, it’s probably a foregone conclusion it will happen.

That’s a good thing if Kintzler can end the controversy over who has the ninth-inning specialist’s role this season. Sergio Romo served as a rent-a-closer last season. We can hope this is not one of those situations. If the Marlins win more games and Knitzler proves to be a reliable option, then maybe he sticks around more than one season.

The Marlins have veterans on staff who should be able to control games more than last season. The front office made it a point to add more consistency and experience to a group that at times seemed lost in 2019.

This should pay off in a big way in the 2020 season and potentially beyond.

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