St. Louis Cardinals had played the Miami Marlins, June 10-12, at Marlins Park. They won the series over the Marlins, 2-1. Currently, Cardinals are hosting the Marlins at Busch Stadium, two games played and are 1-1 in their four game series.
The two losses for the Cardinals have come from, who I consider, Marlins new "Ace" rookie Jordan Yamamoto. Not only back-to-back starts for the 23 year old, but back-to-back shutout wins, 9-0 and 6-0, over the Cardinals.
Yamamoto was part of the Christian Yelich trade to the Milwaukee Brewers in 2018 off-season. "He has spent the 2019 season in Double-A Jacksonville with solid results: 3.58 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, 64 K in 65.1 IP. Overall, he owns a 2.69 earned run average in 134 regular season innings since joining the Marlins organization" (Ely Sussman, FishStripes.com)
Due to injury in Marlins Jose Urena (back), Yamamoto was called up June 11 to make his MLB home debut June 12 facing the Cardinals. He would face them again, at Busch Stadium for his second season start, Tuesday, June 18 for record breaking performances for the Marlins.
The young hurler does not possess high velocity, ranging high 80's to low 90's. However, he has command in abundance along with big breaking curveball and nasty changeup. With a hard-to-read release, he was very effective against the Cardinals in both outings. On the flipside, the Cardinals hitters did connect but with a combined 32 GB/FB only to be retired from the plate. His spin-rate must be extreme, also.
In his two starts, he has logged 14 IP (seven each) and only allowed five hits in his two outings with a 4-12/BB-SO ratio. He has used no more than 100 pitches per outing and faced a only 24 hitters - each outing.
Cardinals Miles Mikolas was his opposing pitcher in Miami, 5 IP/1 HR/5 ER/8 Hits. One of those earned runs given up was by Yamamoto slugging out his first MLB RBI on a sacrifice to catcher. Last night's match-up was against Jack Flaherty who matched Yamamoto with 7 IP, but gave up 2 HR/3 ER on four hits allowed.
My interest lies in tracking his progress going forward. Thus far, I hold a lot of respect for Yamamoto's excellence from the hill. He has two outing facing the same team. Is his shown skill a fluke? I'm thinking not. So it will be interesting to see how his future goes.
As the Marlins are on the road, Yamamoto is penciled in to make his next start against the Philadelphia Phillies (June 23) at Citizen Bank Park. To date, Phillies have not named their starter to face him.
Urena (4-7/4.70 ERA), as of June 14, was moved from the 10-Day IL to the 60-Day IL and was considered a trade candidate next month. Marlins starter Caleb Smith (3-4/3.41 ERA) is also on the 10-Day IL with left hip inflammation (June 15) and expected to be out at least until the end of June. Therefore, Marlins young marvel may have earned his spot in their rotation for a good portion of this season - if not the remainder of 2019.
Should the Marlins hold with Yamamoto, and I see no valid reason why they would not ~ yet. As scheduling goes, he would face the Phillies for a second straight time at home, June 29, facing starter Jake Arrieta. Three time Cy Young contender and 2015 winner (22-6/1.77 ERA) with the Chicago Cubs. Ten year veteran Arrieta, not the strong arm of old, is 6-5/4.31 ERA currently.
Fantasy players, I would keep an eye on Jordan Yamamoto. To date, he has been very impressive and lights out from the hill.
Even though roughed up again by Yamamoto, Cardinals look to take this series against the Marlins with two more wins. A feat they have not done since 2015 at home. Game Three tonight, Cardinals Daniel Ponce de Leon (0-0/2.00 ERA) will face Marlins Trevor Richards (3-7/3.68 ERA).
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