The 3 greatest Miami Marlins pitching performances by WAR

The top pitching performances by Miami Marlins starting pitchers by WAR may actually surprise you
Sandy Alcantara
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2. SP SANDY ALCANTARA IN 2022

The second best pitching performance in Miami Marlins history based on WAR was accomplished just last year. It was Sandy's Beach in Little Havana that season. It's also why we're going to be missing Sandy Alcántara in 2024. Sandy wasn't just the best starting pitcher in the Major Leagues in 2022, he was the best player in baseball period.

Sandy Alcántara produced a 2.28 ERA/2.99 FIP, with 8.1 K/9 and 2.0 BB/9 in 32 games and 228.2 innings pitched. He also had a 14-9 W-L record. Those 228.2 innings pitched was an inning high for ANY starting pitcher that season. No one does this anymore. Sadly, it may have also contributed to his having to go through Tommy John Surgery. It's fair to say that his FIP was significantly higher than his ERA, but it was still an elite performance from him.

Sandy Alcántara was worth a 7.8 WAR that season. It's not much of a surprise that he won the National League Cy Young award that year. It was actually a bit of a travesty that he didn't win the National League MVP award that season too. He finished tenth in that voting. The winner was St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Paul Goldschmidt, who was worth an identical 7.8 WAR. Sandy however was more vital to the Miami Marlins, than Goldy was to St. Louis.

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