Miami Marlins closer missing out on key games, but not for a bad reason

The Marlins will be without their new closer, but for how long?
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The Miami Marlins have only a handful of games left in the season and they need all the arms they can get to get to the postseason. Kim Ng’s deadline deals for pitchers has not worked out well and now the chickens are coming home to roost. The Marlins are minus two starting pitchers and will have bullpen games more than likely, and so their pitchers will be heavily taxed down the stretch.

The Marlins game Tuesday night was postponed due to weather which even more emphasizes their need for good arms. One more hit to the Marlins pen was announced Tuesday, as closer Tanner Scott is now on paternity leave. The Marlins also activated Huascar Brazoban from the 15 day injured list the same day.

Brazoban has had a very rocky 2023 season posting a 4.29 ERA over 48 games spanning 56.2 innings. Brazoban has 13 holds and a 4-2 record as well, but he could play a big role in the final games of the season. Tanner Scott’s absence for however long will shift the bullpen roles and Robertson or Nardi could fill the closer role in the meantime.

Tanner Scott is certainly due a restful time with his family and fish faithful wish him and his family the best. Scott’s absence couldn’t come at a worse time however as the Marlins are one game out of the Wild Card spot with only six games remaining. Paternity leave can vary in length and some players only take a few days of leave which would be best case scenario for the Marlins.

Either way, the offense again will have to step up and not put the pitching staff in crunch situations too much until Scott returns. Let's hope for the best for both the Scott family and the Marlins in the next few days and hopefully a closer won't be needed for games if the Marlins offense can turn it up. Wednesday's double header will certainly be a test.