He threw a complete-game shutout while allowing only six hits and a single walk.
He struck out just three, but had the Reds hitting the ball weakly on the ground all day, generating 15 outs via the grounder.
With the gem, Alcantara remains with a sub-2.00 ERA (1.88) after 158.1 innings, positioning himself to fight for the National League Cy Young award at the end of the season.
In fact, he should be considered one of the favorites.
Alcantara is an incredible pitcher with excellent stuff, but his ability to hold this stuff late in games and his stamina are the elements that make him one of the best in the league.
“Including today’s complete-game shutout, Sandy Alcantara now has 4 starts this season with 9 innings pitched. That’s more such starts than any other TEAM in Major League Baseball,” ESPN Stats & Info tweeted.
Including today's complete-game shutout, Sandy Alcantara now has 4 starts this season with 9 innings pitched.
That's more such starts than any other TEAM in Major League Baseball. pic.twitter.com/pvwL9rfNTT
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) August 4, 2022
The Man With The Rubber Arm Leads The League By 20 Innings
Alcantara alone has more complete games than the starters of each team combined.
He paces MLB with 158.1 frames, almost 20 more than the second-placed Aaron Nola (138.2).
With a 10-4 record and 4.2 Wins Above Replacement, he is by far the best player on the Marlins.
The Marlins will have to monitor his innings, though: at 48-57, their chances of making the postseason are slim, to put it lightly.
In that case, they may not want to have Alcantara getting to 220 or 230 innings.
He has shown his arm can take the heavy workload, though: last year, he was among the league leaders with 205.2 frames.
What he is doing is impressive from a stamina standpoint.