The Miami Marlins have once again changed up the bullpen. The Fish just aren't satisfied with the bullpen mix as a playoff push is in the stretch run. This time the casualty is none other than recently promoted lefty Daniel Castano. Castano's replacement is another lefty: Josh Simpson. Will THIS change finally be enough for the rest of the season? Is the bullpen finally solidified enough? Let's look into this...
The Miami Marlins once again changed up the bullpen mix.
Daniel Castano has been a disappointment for the Miami Marlins to say the least. He debuted in 2020 and delivered a 3.03 ERA/4.81 FIP, with 3.6 K/9 and 3.3 BB/9 in 7 games (6 starts) and 29.2 innings pitched. It wasn't impressive to say the least. The strikeouts and the FIP especially. He followed that up in 2021 with a 4.87 ERA/5.14 FIP, with 5.8 K/9 and 3.5 BB/9, in 5 games and 20.1 innings pitched. 4 of them were starts.
How did he do in 2022? Not much better. This time he had a 4.04 ERA/4.74 FIP, with 5.0 K/9 and 2.3 BB/9 in 10 games (7 starts) and 35.2 innings pitched. I guess that was an improvement over the previous season. 2023 has just been a disaster for Castano, he has a 21.00 ERA (yes 21.00), 12.26 FIP, 12.0 K/9 and 9.0 BB/9 in 2 games and 3.0 innings pitched. This is so bad, that he's going back down to the Minor Leagues.
I really don't think that we'll see Daniel Castano again this season, and we certainly shouldn't have to. He just doesn't seem to be cut out for the Major Leagues. What about his replacement? Josh Simpson hasn't pitched in the Major Leagues yet. He has a 4.50 ERA with 15.5 K/9 and 6.2 BB/9 in 23 games and 32.0 innings in AAA this season. His career numbers are 4.40 ERA, 13.6 K/9 and 4.4 BB/9 in 111 games and 174.0 innings pitched. Not very promising either.
The Miami Marlins should've picked up bullpen help on the waiver wire, instead games might be lost due to this never ending string of bullpen moves.