During a largely forgettable 2018 season, the Marlins saw multiple encouraging performances from the young and previously untested arms. As a group, Miami starters ranked 18th in baseball in WHIP (1.30), 20th in ERA (4.34), and 24th in innings pitched (835 2⁄3 ) a year ago. While Marlins starters are ranked ninth (1.28 WHIP), 11th (804 1⁄3 IP), and 14th (4.55 ERA) respectively in those same categories this season and have performed more consistently overall, some of the key returning arms have failed to make the “leap” that was anticipated from adding major league experience. This then begs the question: have the Marlins found sturdy building blocks for their long-term rotation, or just stepping stones?
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