The Miami Marlins have had three different closers this season and not for good reasons. Two of the three were ousted from the position before settling on setup man Tanner Scott. The Marlins closer won the National League relief pitcher of the month for September and it was very much deserved.
The Marlins started the season with converted relief pitcher AJ Puk as their closer. Puk waded into the waters and was initially ok but as the weeks progressed he began to falter. Puk eventually collapsed as closer and the Marlins GM Kim Ng searched for a replacement. David Robertson was acquired to be the new closer and he has as rough a start to his new team as possible. Robertson was pitching worse than AJ Puk the previous closer even though he was a pretty formidable pitcher for the Phillies the season prior, including into the playoffs.
Since Robertson had a complete system failure the Marlins turned to Tanner Scott to help close out games. Scott turned into the best man for the job and a great pick for the Marlins. Scott pitched in 14 games and totaled 16.1 innings. Over that time period he had 20 strikeouts, a 1.65 ERA and a 1.97 FIP. Scott went on to pitch a scoreless inning against the Phillies in the playoffs which sadly wasn’t a save situation. The Marlins new closer showed just why he is in that new position as he did shut down the Phillies hot offense.
Scott will look to be the Marlins closer of the future and is up for arbitration this off-season. The Marlins need to lock him up and build around him with a few more solid pitchers, especially a starter. Scott seems to be a great fit for the closer role and the Marlins have other more pressing needs that look to be addressed in the off-season.