If someone would have told you the Miami Marlins would be 42-33 and second in the NL East, you would think pitcher Sandy Alcantara is having a huge year.
But that has been anything but the case.
The reigning NL Cy Young winner looks nothing like the player we saw last season.
He has started 15 games this season with an ERA of 5.08.
In his 95.2 innings pitched he has struck out 78 batters.
There should be some concern with Alcantara as he continues to get hit around.
But the team continues to win despite his struggles.
Alcantara’s most recent start came on Wednesday afternoon against the Toronto Blue Jays.
He pitched seven innings and gave up 10 hits along with five earned runs.
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The Marlins have proven to be serious contenders in the NL East.
Having to catch the Atlanta Braves will be no easy task, but they are still within range.
Outside of Alcantara’s struggles the Marlins have had a few other starters step up.
Both Jesus Luzardo and Eury Perez have been good this year for the Fish.
Perez was the Marlins’ top prospect entering the year and one of the best pitching prospects in baseball.
He has been nothing short of amazing to begin his MLB career.
At 20 years old he has made eight starts and has a record of 4-1 with an ERA of 1.54.
In his last two starts he has gone six innings and not given up a run.
The future is certainly bright in Miami and they will only be better if Alcantara can return to form.NEXT: Luis Arraez Has A Chance To Make More History