Miami Marlins news: Takeaways from the opening series
By Neil Raymond
On Opening Day, the Miami Marlins lost 5-3 to the New York Mets. The following day on Friday The Fish beat them 2-1. On Saturday The Fish lost 6-2 and on Sunday lost 5-1. The Miami Marlins lost 3 out of 4 to start the season, and I can only say that it was a poor start. This is something that we already wrote about and is in addition to other Opening Day news. Hitters tend to go on hot and cold streaks, so I focused on pitching during this series. Let's begin...
The Miami Marlins had worrying pitching performances during this series.
I wanted to start this off by saying that we saw Jesus Luzardo, who gave up 0 runs and only 2 hits in 5.2 innings pitched in the 2-1 Miami Marlins win. He was credited for the win. I've been high on him since pre-season, so I'm only more excited to see what he will do for The Fish as the season goes on.
Now for the bad news, Trevor Rogers gave up 3 runs and 4 hits in 4.1 innings in the 5-1 Fish loss. Part of the damage was a home run that he gave up, and he did add 4 strikeouts. His fastball velocity dropped from 94.6 mph the last two seasons to 94.2 this season. This was a very alarming beginning in my opinion. Could he still bounce back in his second start? Fangraphs projects a 3.79 ERA for him this season, which is actually pretty good and even excellent for a #4-5 starter. However you have to hope that Rogers can bounce back to his 2021 form.
Edward Cabrera disappointed as well in the 6-2 Miami Marlins loss. He gave up 2 hits and 2 runs in the 4 innings that he pitched. More alarming however are the 6 walks that he gave up. He always had a walk problem and I was hoping that he would improve his control this season. Control problems is the only thing standing between him becoming a legit ace and being a streaky starting pitcher.
The opening series loss that the Miami Marlins suffered against the New York Mets is very concerning. The question now is if both Trevor Rogers and Edward Cabrera are able to bounce back.