The Miami Marlins have the best rotation in the NL East

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND - JULY 27: Sandy Alcantara #22 of the Miami Marlins pitches against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on July 27, 2021 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images)
BALTIMORE, MARYLAND - JULY 27: Sandy Alcantara #22 of the Miami Marlins pitches against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on July 27, 2021 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images) /
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DENVER, CO – JUNE 3: Max Fried #54 of the Atlanta Braves pitches against the Colorado Rockies in the first inning at Coors Field on June 3, 2022 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images) /

The Atlanta Braves are the defending World Champions and are ahead of the Miami Marlins in the standings, but how does their rotation stack up against The Fish’s? Not as good as one might expect. It’s a solid rotation but one that lacks Miami’s upside and aces.

Max Fried leads Atlanta’s staff with a 2.74 ERA/2.92 FIP in 11 games and 69 innings. Last season he had a 3.04 ERA/3.31 FIP in 28 games and 165.2 innings pitched. Fried is signed through the 2025 season. Fried is very good, but he’s not the only one that they have and behind him is a bit of a mess.

Charlie Morton is pretty much done and might retire after the season. He has a 5.63 ERA/4.59 FIP in 11 games and 54.1 innings. The problem is that he is already 38 years old and almost retired previously. Morton is unlikely to be an ace going forward.

Ian Anderson was expected to be Atlanta’s ace of the future, but it isn’t really looking that way. He has a 4.70 ERA/4.74 FIP in 10 games and 53.2 innings so far this season. Last season he had a much better 3.58 ERA but a worrying 4.12 FIP in 24 games and 128.1 innings. The worrying part is he looks as a mid-rotation starter not an ace.

Kyle Wright is the next one up and he has upside, while already breaking out. He has a 2.39 ERA/2.75 FIP in 11 games and 67.2 innings. Wright can potentially end up being better than Fried, but two top starters is still worse than what the Miami Marlins have. The fifth rotation spot has Mike Soroka as its likely occupant, but he’s yet to come back from injury and overachieved in the past, meaning that he’s a major question mark going forward.

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