Originally written on Baseball Hot Corner  |  Last updated 4/5/13
Throughout the opening series for the Miami Marlins, starting pitching showed up and, for the most part, did quite well. A couple hiccups here and there, but over the course of facing a lineup two or three times, it’s bound to happen. The Marlins’ starters only allowed 6 runs over the 3 games (5 of them earned) over 16.1 IP, and while the bullpen did falter in the series finale (namely, Mike Dunn allowing a three run homer), it was strong in the first two games, allowing just 1 run in their first 3.2 IP. Overall, the bullpen allowed 5 runs in 6.2 IP, 4 of them earned. Allowing 11 runs in a three game series is not at all bad, it’s about 3.7 runs per game given up. However, when the offensive side of the team can only muster one solitary run in 27 innings worth of play, including being shut out in the first 19 innings of the season, the effort of the starting pitchers become wasted. The Marlins offense may not be entirely to blame, as they faced the top three of a very strong Washing...
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