The Marlins don’t hit. They don’t score. They don’t win very often.
But they’re better than most in one area: pitching.
Though they have the youngest staff in the majors, it’s also one of the best in years for the Marlins — and it’s above average compared to the rest of the National League.
“Doesn’t make you bad just because you’re young,” said Marlins’ pitching coach Chuck Hernandez. “Just makes you young.”
Led by 21-year-old rookie phenom Jose Fernandez, who takes the mound Friday at Marlins Park to face the Nationals in what will be his next-to-last start this season, the Marlins’ pitching staff has been one of the few bright spots in an otherwise dreadful season.
For the first time in seven years, the Marlins’ cast of mostly 20-somethings could wind up with a collective ERA that is better than the league average.
The team’s earned run average of 3.74 ranks seventh in the NL Of the six teams with lower ERA’s, five are likely headed to the playoffs. And the team that is directly in front of them by a hair — Washington (3.73) — is still in contention for a wild card spot.
“They’re talented,” Hernandez said of the Marlins’ hurlers. “And they’re in the process of becoming really great.”