Recap Of The 2011 Marlins Starting Pitching Rotation and Our Prediction For Next Year

Recap Of The Marlins 2011 Pitching Rotation:

  • Josh Johnson
  • Ricky Nolasco
  • Javier Vazquez
  • Anibal Sanchez
  • Chris Volstad

At the beginning of the 2011 season Marlins starting rotation started out great, Josh Johnson kept a no-hitter at least into the fifth inning for 5 time when he took the mound. Ricky Nolasco, in his first 5 starts he won 4 and lost just 1 against the Mets in the Opening Week. Anibal Sanchez did the same thing what Josh Johnson did, but came closer to his 2nd No-Hitter, vs The Rockies, before giving up a hit to Dexter Fowler. Sanchez finished the game for his 4th career complete game, 3 starts later he kept a No-No into the 7th inning against the Nats before losing it. Recently signed veteran, Javier Vazquez was back in the NL East, where he won 3 and lost 2 in his 5 starts in April and Volstad did his job in April by winning 3 games of 4.

What Went Bad?

In May 16th, Marlins Ace Josh Johnson, suffered a right should inflammation, reports thought he would pitch again in late September, but it wasn’t possible. The fish had a Historically bad June, everyone just went down, they just won 5 games and lost 25. Edwin Rodriguez (manager at the time) quits before their 10 straight lost, Brandon Hyde was the interm before finding a full interm manager for the 2011,who was Jack McKeon. Every time Anibal Sanchez took the mound, the bullpen couldn’t help him win or he had no runs support. Chris Volstad was not pitching well and went t0 the minors and Nolsaco just went down in month of May, June and July

At the End:

In September, Javier Vazquez won  5 of 5 games that he started, Vazquez had a 29 scoreless inning streak, the longest in Marlins history, during which he struck out 28 batters while only walking 4. Javy was named National League Pitcher Of The Month in September.

Some rookies Starting pitchers made their there debuts: Brandon Hand and Chris Hatcher and Alex Sanabia pitched again but not as much as in 2010.

Here are my Prediction on the 2012 Marlins Pitching Rotation:

  • Josh Johnson
  • Mark Buehrle
  • Anibal Sanchez
  • Ricky Nolasco
  • Carlos Zambrano
Upgrade: Mark Buehrle, Carlos Zambrano and Wade LeBlanc

The clue is if Josh Johnson could stay healthy, he could be at his best, he probably put up number like he did in 2008-2010 (if he stays healthy). Prediction: Wins 16 Loss 8 with an ERA of 2.99

Recently signed pitcher Mark Buehrle, as you may know has only pitched in the American League, but when it comes to Interleague games. Buehrle is 24-6 with a 3.32 ERA and 1.20 WHIP in 40 career games (39 starts) against National League teams. Prediction: Win 15 Loss 9 with an ERA of 3.50

Anibal Sanchez didn’t have great numbers in 2011, but he came close to no-no’s, and once again came close to getting 200 innings pitched. Hopefully he could put number like in his rookie year: Wins 10 Loss 3. Prediction: Wins 14 Loss 8 with an ERA of 3.30

The 2011 season for Ricky Nolasaco was a down year, he had more loss than wins, 10 wins and 12 loss. He needs to be at his best. Prediction: 13 wins and 9 loss with an ERA of 3.90

Carlos Zambrano is know by getting crazy, punching water coolers, breaking bats, but you know what?  Take those bad reactions away and take a look at his numbers, last season, he won 9 and loss 7 in 24 games started. Also Zambrano has 7 years with 11 or more wins. Prediction: 13 wins and 9 loss with an ERA of 3.70

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