Former Miami Marlins starting pitcher isn't making the team miss him

Pablo Lopez hasn't been sharp for Minnesota this season
Pablo Lopez
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On January 20, 2023, the Miami Marlins traded SP Pablo Lopez to the Minnesota Twins for 2B Luis Arraez and Minor League SS Jose Salas. This year, Arraez has been traded as well. I looked back at the Pablo/Arraez trade, and it seemed to me that it was clear which team won that trade.

How is former Miami Marlins SP Pablo Lopez doing these days?

Pablo Lopez was never really a top of the rotation arm for the Miami Marlins. From 2018-2022, he pitched to a 3.94 ERA/3.77 FIP, with 8.6 K/9 and 2.5 BB/9 in 94 games and 510.0 innings pitched. He had solid results and wasn't a bottom of the rotation arm. That said, he also clearly wasn't an ace and wasn't that reliable.

Putting aside the shortened 2020 season, Pablo was only able to pitch a full starter's workload in the 2022 season. That season, he delivered a 3.75 ERA/3.71 FIP, with 8.7 K/9 and 2.7 BB/9 in 32 games and 180.0 innings pitched. He was unable to top 111.1 innings in a season prior.

Pablo did a good job for the Minnesota Twins during the 2023 season. In his first season with the team, he pitched to a 3.66 ERA/3.33 FIP, with 10.9 K/9 and 2.2 BB/9 in 32 games and 194.0 innings pitched. It was great to see him reach a new career-high in innings pitched. The strikeout rate was excellent and the walk rate was solid as well. The ERA was of a mid-rotation arm however.

So far this season, Pablo Lopez has pitched to a dreadful 4.84 ERA/3.81 FIP, with 10.1 K/9 and 1.5 BB/9. The ERA is of a bottom of the rotation starter now, though the FIP shows that it was a fluke. Pablo will likely get better as the season goes on, though his next start is against the red hot hitting New York Yankees.

Pablo Lopez is a solid mid-rotation arm and looking back probably should've brought the Miami Marlins a better return. That said, he wasn't reliable or good enough to be a big loss to the team either.

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