Braxton Garrett - SP - Marlins
Braxton Garrett has been one of the pleasant surprises for the Marlins rotation this season and will be a big factor in winning several series this month. On today (his birthday) he turns 26 and needs to turn the tide of his past month of starts which have been rough. Garrett had been a very consistent and solid starter for much of the season so far so he needs to shake off the past month and continue dominating like he has showed fans he knows how to this season.
Brax is 1-1 since the start of July and has compiled a 5.83 ERA over 29.1 innings in that time frame, across 6 starts. This is light years away from his ERA other months and has brought his season ERA up to 4.14 over that time frame. Brax is a lot better pitcher than that, and the long season wear could be a major factor in his current production, as he is at 111 innings, and his highest prior season in the big leagues was 88 innings.
Braxton Garrett has the stuff to make a big impact and his stats prove it, as he has a higher strikeout rate and lower walk rate this season than prior, but he has given up the long ball more which is why he is at such a high ERA. If Brax can get back to form he will be a real asset. Brax was on fire from May 8th through June 28th, compiling a 2.44 ERA during that stretch, a 3-1 record, and 70 strikeouts across 10 starts and 55.1 innings. He doesn't need to be that elite to have an impact this month, but if he can hover around 3.25-3.50 ERA, he will put the Marlins in a position to win with their new look offense. Lets hope we can see not only Brax but all 3 Marlins players step up this month and produce a winning month against very good teams.