It’s been a hot start for Sandy Alcantara.
The Miami Marlins right-hander continues to pitch like an ace, having posted a 1.68 ERA to this point, which is the third best in all of baseball and second best in the National League.
Ever since being acquired from the St. Louis Cardinals in the Marcell Ozuna trade, Alcantara has been everything the Marlins could have hoped for.
He’s been an innings eater for them, which is something they needed.
This year, he has continued to eat innings for the Marlins.
MLB.com analyst Sarah Langs points out on Twitter that Alcantara has thrown 55.2 innings in his last seven starts, which is something that hasn’t been done since Chris Sale did it in 2016.
Sandy Alcantara has thrown 55 2/3 IP in his last 7 starts
The last pitcher to throw 55+ IP in a 7-outing span was Chris Sale in 2016. Clayton Kershaw also did it earlier in the season in '16
— Sarah Langs (@SlangsOnSports) June 14, 2022
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This is quite an impressive mark for Alcantara.
He has proven to be the ace that everybody expected him to be when he first came up with the Cardinals.
He’s dominated all of his opponents and he’s continued to cover innings for the Marlins.
To cover that many innings in just seven starts is impressive and goes to show what he is, an innings eater.
He’s a guy that can go deep into games and keep the opposition at bay in the process.
The only two pitchers in baseball with better ERA’s than his are Joe Musgrove of the San Diego Padres and Alek Manoah of the Toronto Blue Jays.
He can do it all out on the mound and if teams are going to be looking at starting pitchers at the trade deadline, Alcantara is certainly somebody worth taking a look at, especially if teams are going to need innings coverage.
We’ll see if he can continue at this record pace.NEXT: Sandy Alcantara Is Completing A Rare Feat In 2022