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Miami Marlins Spring Training Battles 2020: Rotation Back Half

The Marlins top-three starters should be fairly set for 2020. Lefty Caleb Smith looked like the Marlins’ ace at times last season and is the odds-on favorite to start on Opening Day versus the Philadelphia Phillies on March 26th.

Smith went 10-11 last season and posted a 4.52 ERA and 1.22 WHIP with 168 strikeouts over 153.1 innings pitched. Smith was dominant to start 2019, going 3-0 with 56 strikeouts and a 2.11 ERA over his first 42 2/3 innings pitched. That lasted through mid-May, then he regressed some. If not for a June injury, Smith might have been the Marlins’ All-Star representative.