Miami Marlins: The 3 Biggest Takeaways from the Marlins first 40 games

Matt Melton
MIAMI, FLORIDA - APRIL 17: Miami Marlins celebrate the walk off single by Jorge Alfaro #38 in the tenth inning to defeat the San Francisco Giants by score of 7-6 at loanDepot park on April 17, 2021 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FLORIDA - APRIL 17: Miami Marlins celebrate the walk off single by Jorge Alfaro #38 in the tenth inning to defeat the San Francisco Giants by score of 7-6 at loanDepot park on April 17, 2021 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images) /
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Starting Pitcher Trevor Rogers of the Miami Marlins (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images) /

1. Miami Marlins Starting Rotation Has Been Dominant

We knew the Miami Marlins came into the 2021 season with a strong starting rotation, but did we honestly expect this at this point in the season? Be honest, did you really expect this?

The Marlins starting rotation has been absolutely outstanding, and is the no-doubt strength of this team currently. Sitting at a 3.55 combined team ERA ranking 7th in all of baseball, the Marlins starting rotation is a massive part of that success through the first 40 games of the season.

While Miami has pieced together the 4-5 spots in the rotation using bullpen games, debut call-ups, and more to make-up for injuries to projected starters, the 1-2-3 in the rotation is 100% the strength currently of this team.

Despite his latest rough outing in Los Angeles, Sandy Alcantara has been good posting a 1-3 record with a 4.06 ERA through nine starts. The ERA may look high for Alcantara, partly because of his last showing, but he has actually been pretty good.

Pablo Lopez on the other hand is having the best year of his career so far posting a 1-3 record with a 3.12 ERA. The walks and WHIP may still be a bit too-high for Lopez, but he is on pace to have his best season yet.

Trevor Rogers has arguably been the best of them all. The April NL Rookie of the Month, Rogers has been dominant going 5-2 with a 1.84 ERA, while also leading the Marlins in K’s with 57, and 5th in all of baseball in ERA.

This trio has been dominant, and has helped Miami withstand injuries and more with the rest of the starting rotation.

Even as good as this trio has been this season, the Marlins starting rotation will still get even better in the near future. With top prospect Sixto Sanchez and Elieser Hernandez set to return from injury at some point, will this group of five be among the best in baseball?

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