Miami Marlins ace Sandy Alcantara is one of the best in the business.
Not only does he have an incredible 1.82 ERA, but he comfortably leads MLB in innings pitched with 123.1.
He has 123.1 frames and we are not even at the All-Star break yet: that’s amazing, but a bit worrisome at the same time.
Alcantara is a unicorn in today’s game: whereas starters don’t usually reach five or six innings anymore, he tends to go at least seven or eight every time he takes the mound.
That’s why he is so valuable: he is a true workhorse in an era of specialized pitchers.
On Tuesday, he completely dominated the hapless Los Angeles Angels offense for eight frames.
He only allowed two hits and the Angels didn’t cross home plate under his watch.
With 10 strikeouts, he also showcased his ability to miss bats.
He Maintains His Velocity Deep Into Games
He also showed his incredible stamina and physical condition by reaching 100 mph in the eighth inning.
Not only can he throw hard: he maintains that velocity over the course of a long game.
That’s probably the key to his success.
“100 mph on pitch No. 103 for strikeout No. 10. Sandy Alcantara is a 𝘮𝘰𝘯𝘴𝘵𝘦𝘳,” Bally Sports Florida tweeted.
100 mph on pitch No. 103 for strikeout No. 10.
Sandy Alcantara is a 𝘮𝘰𝘯𝘴𝘵𝘦𝘳. @Marlins | #MakeItMiami pic.twitter.com/KARkuWpWM1
— Bally Sports Florida: Marlins (@BallyMarlins) July 6, 2022
In the pitch, he went upstairs to fan Max Stassi.
It was just another majestic showing in a season full of them.
Alcantara’s Marlins are surprisingly close to .500 ball, as they are 39-40 after their ace’s gem.
He has won nine of those games, against just three losses.
He has been, by far, their best player in 2022, and one of the best in the league.
Can he lift his team to the postseason while playing once every five days?
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