How are Miami Marlins starting pitchers currently doing in Spring Training? Unfortunately some aren't doing well already, but there's also some pretty good news as well. The starting pitchers are Sandy Alcantara, Trevor Rogers, Jesus Luzardo, Edward Cabrera, Johnny Cueto and a rotation candidate in Braxton Garrett. The starting pitching looks good, but is everything going as well as expected? Is someone struggling a little too much? Let's tak a look at what The Fish have...
The Miami Marlins have a talented pitching rotation.
Sandy Alcantara is the best starting pitcher in the game. The 8.0 WAR from last season (highest among all pitchers) and his NL Cy Young award prove it. How is he doing in Spring Training though? He has a 0.87 ERA in 3 games and 10.1 innings pitched, with 7 strikeouts and 4 walks. He's still an ace and he's showing it already. It might be to much to expect him to win the NL Cy Young award again, but who really knows? Why can't he?
Trevor Rogers was elite in 2021, but then struggled in 2022 (due to injury). He's been...interesting during Spring Training. He currently has a 6.92 ERA with 13 strikeouts and 2 walks in 4 games and 13 innings. At first glance, the ERA looks horrible and you might wonder if he's pitching himself out of the rotation. That is until you look at his elite K/BB ratio. I strongly suspect that his ERA is a fluke.
Jesus Luzardo has a 5.19 ERA with 10 strikeouts and a walk in 3 games and 8.2 innings pitched. Just like Trevor Rogers, the strikeouts to walks ratio shows us an elite pitcher who is just getting unlucky with is ERA. I'm very high on Luzardo and expect him to take another step forward this season and become a legit ace behind Sandy.
Edward Cabrera has an impressive 1.86 ERA with 7 strikeouts and 4 walks in 3 games and 9.2 innings pitched. The walks are still a problem, but he still gets results. I'm definitely curious to see how he does during the season. Johnny Cueto has a disappointing 27.00 ERA with with 2 strikeouts and a walk in 2 games and 3.2 innings pitched. Braxton Garrett is competing for a rotation spot and has a 8.25 ERA with 12 strikeouts and 5 walks in 4 games and 12 innings. I think that Garrett will start the season in the Minors.
I'm very excited to see Trevor Rogers and Jesus Luzardo possibly join Sandy Alcantara as legit co-aces this season. I'm hopeful for Edward Cabrera and to see Braxton Garrett later this season, but have little hope for Johnny Cueto.