Miami Marlins: top 3 options to be opening day starter

DUNEDIN, FLORIDA - FEBRUARY 29: Sandy Alcantara #22 of the Miami Marlins delivers a pitch in the first inning during the spring training game against the Baltimore Orioles at Ed Smith Stadium on February 29, 2020 in Dunedin, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)
DUNEDIN, FLORIDA - FEBRUARY 29: Sandy Alcantara #22 of the Miami Marlins delivers a pitch in the first inning during the spring training game against the Baltimore Orioles at Ed Smith Stadium on February 29, 2020 in Dunedin, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images) /
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The Miami Marlins have not announced their opening day starter yet and there are a handful of options vying for the honor.

There are opening day starters and there are starters who pitch on opening day. Regardless of who the Miami Marlins run out to the mound when the regular season kicks off, that player will be a pitcher starting on opening day.

Ten different pitchers started games in 2019 for the Marlins, with Jose Urena getting the nod in the opening day tilt against the Colorado Rockies. He promptly gave up nine hits and six runs (five earned) in less than five innings of work.

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The Marlins ended 2019 with five pitchers who accrued double-digit losses and their team earned run average was 4.74, better than only two teams in the National League.

Gone from that team are Trevor Richards and Zac Gallen, traded at the deadline last year for prospects.
Between the two they made twenty-seven starts, with Gallen and his 2.72 ERA having the biggest upside.

The Miami Marlins chose not to sign any free agent arms or acquire any major league ready pitching talent over the offseason. There are no enticing names on the non-roster invitee list either, so where there may be little anticipation of what the starting five looks like, there is still some question on who gets the ball day one.