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Miami Marlins rookie starting pitcher Jesus Luzardo wrapped up his season with a strong start on Saturday, striking out 11 Phillies hitters in 5 1/3 innings of work. He allowed just one run on six hits without allowing a walk or a home run. While the 11 strikeouts, a career high, were certainly encouraging, perhaps more encouraging was the fact that Luzardo did not allow a home run or a walk, both things that have plagued him throughout the 2021 season. The young lefty has plenty of upside heading into next season, which will be his first full year as a Marlin.
Miami Marlins starting pitcher Sandy Alcantara made his last start of the season on Friday in a 5-0 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies. Alcantara tossed five innings, allowing four runs on five hits and a walk while striking out six. He took the loss, ending his season with a 9-15 record and a 3.19 ERA. Alcantara emerged as a true ace this season, and ended up with a solid ERA despite two starts in which he gave up eight and 10 runs without finishing the third inning. Take those starts out (which of course you can't do, but still...) and he has an ERA in the mid-twos. Alcantara should continue to improve next season and will allegedly have a better team around him.
Miami Marlins starting pitcher Edward Cabrera (finger) was removed from his start against the New York Mets due to a blister on his right middle finger. The right-hander only lasted three innings before being removed from the game. He allowed two hits, two walks and two earned runs while striking out six. Cabrera ends his rookie years with an 0-3 record to go along with a 5.81 ERA and a 1.63 WHIP over seven starts. The 23-year-old had a few promising outings, but was unable to keep runners off the base paths consistently.
Miami Marlins outfielder Jesus Sanchez (hamstring) exited Thursday's game against the New York Mets with right hamstring tightness. He went 1-for-2 before being removed in the bottom of the third inning during Thursday's game. The severity of Sanchez's injury is unknown at this time, and he's considered day-to-day. Bryan De La Cruz replaced him in the lineup and would see an uptick in at-bats while Sanchez is sidelined. His next chance to return will be Friday against the Philadelphia Phillies. The 23-year-old rookie is slashing .249/.317/.489 with 14 home runs, 36 RBI, 27 runs scored, and 20 walks over 249 plate appearances in 2021. Stay tuned for further updates.
Miami Marlins pitcher Pablo Lopez (shoulder) could start Sunday's game against the Philadelphia Phillies. According to manager Don Mattingly, the Marlins are looking to start Lopez on Sunday. He most likely was on a pitch count for the season finale after a successful two-inning rehab appearance last Thursday. The 25-year-old has been sidelined since mid-July with a strained rotator cuff. Before the injury, Lopez owned a 3.03 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, and 111 strikeouts over 101 innings in 2021. Although Lopez was stellar this season, he won't see enough of a workload to be used as a streamer for Sunday's game.