MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Don’t look now, but the Miami Marlins are 2-0 on the young season and the two victories have come behind two young fireballers leading the rotation.
Jose Fernandez’s exploits are well documented, but Tuesday night it was Nathan Eovaldi’s turn to take the mound and he didn’t disappoint. Known for his fastball, Eovaldi mixed in other pitches to keep the Rockies guess for most of the night.
Overall, Eovaldi struck out six Rockies and allowed just two runs in six innings of work. Eovaldi’s fastball hit 99 miles per hour at the start of the game and averaged 96.6 for the game. Eovaldi had control over his fastball with 71.9 percent of those pitches ending up as strikes.
The Marlins offense also gave Eovaldi something he doesn’t usually get, run support. Over his career, Evoaldi has averaged 2.83 runs of support, lowest among MLB starters with a minimum of 45 starts since 2011, according to MLB.com.
“This is a completely different team,” Eovaldi said. “We added the key guys we needed to add. In Spring Training, it was the same thing. We had great games in Spring Training and carried it over into the season.”
Colorado and Miami will tangle again Wednesday night with Henderson Alvarez getting the start for the Marlins against Jordan Lyles. Alvarez is coming off a 5-6 season last year where he had a 3.59 ERA and opponents hit .237 off of him.