With the addition of Don Mattingly as manager and Barry Bonds as hitting coach, the Miami Marlins are looking to create waves at South Beach and in the MLB betting markets.
With the addition of Don Mattingly as manager and Barry Bonds as hitting coach, the Miami Marlins are looking to create waves at South Beach and in the MLB. We're going to concentrate on their pitching staff as they have one of the best pitchers in baseball in Jose Fernandez. Witness us take an in-depth look at the Miami “Big 5”.
The Sky Is the Limit
Jose Fernandez (6-1, 2.92) has displayed nothing but perfection on a poor team, but injuries have played a major role in his major league career. Regardless, Fernandez carries a 22-9 mark with a 2.40 ERA for his young career.
He has also held opposing hitters to a mere .198 batting average for his career. I know that he hasn't been pitching for 10 years, but no pitcher can match that and with a healthy Fernandez, the Marlins should increase their win output after a terrible 2015. I have no doubt that he'll pick up where he left off. The question is will he receive run support and can the Marlins back him up where their rotation is concerned?
Left-hander, Wei-Yin Chen (11-8, 3.34) is just what this team needed to make them more formidable in the pitching department as he makes the perfect #2 pitcher coming over from Baltimore.
We could see Chen's numbers improve as he is a pitcher on the rise. Last season he had a spectacular 3.34 ERA in a hard-hitting American League to go along with an 11-8 record. Chen needs to cut down on the gopher ball and he did allow opposing hitters to hit .262 off of him, but the talent and potential are certainly there and this pickup is a major positive for this ball club.
This is where things are questionable. Jarred Cosart (2-5, 4.52) made 13 starts last season but the splits look fantastic when pitching at home as he pitched to a 1.72 ERA at Marlins Stadium. He's not a pitcher that's going to throw a ton of strikeouts, but Miami will need him to get comfortable away from home.
Hold Your Breath
#4 Starter, Tom Koehler (11-14, 4.08) was serviceable, pitching nearly 200 innings. We have to remember that he was pitching for a losing team and still managed to hover around the .500 mark. He's definitely an X-Factor on this year's club.
In the number 5 spot, Edwin Jackson will get an opportunity to start but his career record of 88-107 with a 4.58 ERA is far from desirable. As I stated before, when a pitcher plays on losing teams over the years, it can sometimes contribute to his overall record.
It's safe to say that this pitching staff has a lot to prove, but with Fernandez and Chen as the number 1 and 2 guys, Miami is secure in those respective positions, and I can see some improvement with a better ball club this season. We will see what the MLB odds offer for our MLB picks once sportsbooks release them.