The vital early season series between the Miami Marlins and Atlanta Braves is on the way. Unfortunately The Fish lost the first game and now two players are showing that they’re moving in the opposite directions. The aforementioned players are SP Trevor Rogers and LF Jorge Soler. How so? I’ll explain…
Trevor Rogers and Jorge Soler are going in opposite directions.
I wrote earlier about Jorge Soler was turning the corner on a bad start to the season. Soler has an unimpressive .195/.287/.391 batting line for the season, but hit another home run last night and has in fact been on a tear for the last few weeks as the Miami Marlins clean-up hitter.
What’s interesting is that Jorge Soler now has .509 SLG for the month of May, which is an exact copy of his .509 SLG in May 2019. Do you know why that’s relevant? 2019 was Soler’s best season, as he hit .265/.354/.569 with 48 home runs and 117 RBI. Could Soler repeat his Kansas City production for the Miami Marlins this time?
Trevor Rogers is unfortunately going in the opposite direction to Soler. After going 7-8 with a 2.64 ERA/2.55 FIP in 133.0 innings last season, he’s currently at 2-4 with a 4.45 ERA/3.81 FIP. There is a silver lining here, as he still has his 94.6 mph fastball velocity.
Do I still believe that Trevor Rogers is an ace? I think that he can still improve and get back to his last season’s performance, but it does increasingly seem less and less likely, with Rogers seemingly looking at a lost season. I don’t think that Rogers should be demoted to the Minors or anything like that, but he clearly needs to reevaluate his performance and the possibility that he’s ripping pitches.
The Miami Marlins have two players going into vastly different directions. Jorge Soler is looking like the power bat that we thought we signed in the off-season, while Trevor Rogers looks like his days as an ace may already be oner. I still hope that Rogers turns things around and am excited to see Soler perform up to his potential. Time will tell whether things will change for these two important Miami Marlins.