MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The last time Miami Marlins pitcher Henderson Alvarez was on the field at Marlins Park to pitch, he was mobbed by his teammates after completing a no-hitter. Wednesday, Alvarez will once again take the mound to try to start off 2014 with a win.
Alvarez is hoping to build on his 2013 season finale. Overall, Alvarez finished the season with a lack-luster 3.59 ERA in 17 games started. Alvarez pitched 102.2 innings and had a strikeout to walk ration of 57-27, and also allowed opponents to hit .237 off of him.
Alvarez has to hope the team will continue to manufacture run support for him. The Marlins have scored 14 runs in the first two games after getting shut out last season in the first two games.
If Alvarez can maintain control of the game, the Marlins’ improved bullpen should be able to help nail down a victory. Closer Steve Cishek has converted 30 straight save opportunities for the Marlins dating back to last year.
The Marlins’ 2-0 start is the first time the team has opened up with an unbeaten record since 2009 when the team finished 4-0. Incidentally, the 2009 campaign was also the last time the Marlins finished with a winning record.
Marlins Lineup vs. Colorado Wedenseday:
- Yelich, LF
- Dietrich, 2B
- Stanton, RF
- Jones, 1B
- McGehee, 3B
- Saltalamacchia, C
- Ozuna, CF
- Hechavarria, SS
- Alvarez, P