New Miami Marlins manager Mike Redmond had one clear message this spring for his pitchers: pound the strike zone.
Last season, Marlins pitchers walked 495 hitters, placing ninth among 16 NL teams. If youre thinking, "Thats not too bad," you probably didnt see many games. Miami hurlers often labored and got behind in counts.
Other pitching statistics from 2012 included a 4.09 ERA (12th), 1,448 hits allowed (13th) and a .263 batting average (14th) by opposing hitters.
Redmond, a former catcher, understands the importance of pitching. More specifically, he knows getting ahead in counts is crucial to success.
The Marlins pitching staff begins 2013 with many question marks due largely to relatively inexperienced players or veterans trying to show they can still perform.
Below is a look at the Miami staff entering the season. Last years record, ERA and saves are in parenthesis.
1. Ricky Nolasco, RHP (12-13, 4.48): The former middle to back-end rotation guy becomes the ac...