The Marlins have had a very frustrating season, to say the least, but perhaps things are turning around. In order to fill the rotation spot previously held by Alex Sanabia, who is on the DL, the Marlins recalled Jacob Turner from AAA New Orleans.
Turner had been slated to be the #2 starter in the rotation at the start of the season but failed to show strong command in Spring Training, and was sent down to the minors to get things worked out.
Over the course of 7 innings against the hot Mets, it appears Turner got things worked out. His velocity was up between 92-94, a couple MPH higher than his velocity last season. He also compiled 3Ks while spreading out 5 hits and giving up only 1 walk. More importantly, Turner gave up no runs in his 2013 MLB debut.
The command was there, too as Turner pounded the strike zone with 51 strikes in 81 pitches. He was efficient and kept the Mets hitters off-balance.
If Turner can continue to string together solid starts, he could be a boon for the Marlins who started the season off with excellent starting pitching but with recent injuries, it seems even that aspect of the game is starting to sputter. Turner could anchor the rotation and if he can even begin to deliver on his potential, the Marlins are shaping up to have a strong second half of the season on the mound. Nathan Eovaldi is working his way back from rehab and could be on the mound in a matter of weeks.
The pitching performance also provided a much needed spark for the Fish who were able to snap their 9 game losing drought and pick up a much needed win within their division. Jose Fernandez will take the mound tomorrow night and look to provide another chance for the Marlins to grab a win and shoot for two in a row.