Remember his 2013? Corbin finished that season 92nd overall, and 23rd among starting pitchers, on the Player Rater, thanks in large part to huge jumps in his swinging-strike and first-pitch strike rates. Now consider this: He set a personal best with a 12.1 percent swinging-strike rate and finished 22nd among 58 ERA qualifiers in first-pitch strike rate (63.0 percent) last season, concluding the year with a 3.24 ERA and 23.2 percent strikeout rate in his final 15 starts and one relief appearance. In many ways, his underlying metrics in 2017 looked a lot like 2013’s, except that his ERA was nearly two-thirds of a run higher and his WHIP more than half a point higher.
If the skills had shown any signs of fading, it’d be different, but they didn’t: Gausman kept his swinging-strike rate above 12 percent for the third consecutive season, he had the highest first-pitch strike rate of his career (60.2 percent) and posted 10 quality starts, a 3.41 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 26.2 percent strikeout rate in 15 starts after the All-Star break.
I don’t know how long it’s going to take, but I think people need to let things play out down there and give it a chance. People are going to say, ‘How come you didn’t give it a chance?’ That stuff takes time, and I didn’t know if it was going to get done in the amount of time I had left there. But I think it’s going to get better there. The fan base has been through a lot the past few years, but I truly believe this ownership group will do things different.
Marlins pitcher Dan Straily caused a stir last week when he said he agrees with the Marlins’ rebuild and did not lament the departures of Stanton and Yelich in trades.
Glad they’re gone, Straily told reporters in Miami. If they don’t want to be here, then good for them. They can continue their career elsewhere.