Tom Koehler is sort of the quintessential fifth starter -- a pitcher who's good enough to keep getting innings but not so good that he can't be replaced. Early in 2015, he looked like he might be slightly more than that, compiling a 3.16 ERA, 1.20 WHIP over his first 19 appearances, including 18 starts, but he soon regressed to numbers more befitting his abilities as a pitch-to-contact type with shaky control. You could live with his suspect ratios a little more in points leagues, where consistent innings count for more, but in Rotisserie leagues, even NL-only formats, Koehler is decidedly low-end.
Koehler agreed to a one-year deal with the Marlins on Friday, avoiding arbitration, MLB.com's Joe Frisaro reports. The 29-year-old righty wouldn't be in the mix for a rotation spot on most teams, but the Marlins aren't most teams. His 17.1% K-rate from last year is abysmal, and odds are he will once again sport an ERA north of 4.00. Still, he should be expected to eat innings once again at the back of Miami's rotation.
Marlins pitcher Tom Koehler escaped with a no-decision in Game 1 of Saturday's double-header, allowing five runs (four earned) on six hits. He gave up at least four runs in each of his last three starts, but Koehler's 4.15 ERA on the season as a starter will keep him in consideration for a spot at the back of the Marlins rotation in 2016.
Marlins starting pitcher Tom Koehler collected his 11th win of the season Sunday, allowing four runs on nine hits over 6 2/3 innings to beat the Braves. The veteran right-hander struggled with command once again, walking five batters against two strikeouts. He managed to keep things close enough for the Miami offense to get a win. Koelher has won two of his last three starts, despite posting a miserable 12:11 strikeout-to-walk rate over 17 2/3 innings. He'll head into his final start of the season Saturday in Philadelphia with an even 4.00 ERA, 1.35 WHIP and 132 strikeouts over 182 1/3 innings pitched.
Marlins starter Tom Koehler (10-14) surrendered seven hits, four runs (three earned) and three walks in five innings in Tuesday's 6-2 loss to the Phillies. He struck out five. The veteran right-hander has actually turned in a strong September, with Tuesday's outing being the first non-quality start of his four trips to the mound during the month. Koehler failed to get past the fifth inning for the first time since an Aug. 19 outing against the Brewers and also gave up a homer for the first time in September. He fell victim Tuesday to the double whammy of not being able to miss many bats (only five swings-and-misses over 94 pitches) and struggling with his control. Koehler has given up at least two or more walks in 11 out of his last 15 starts, and the 14 free passes he's issued in September are his second-highest monthly total in the category in the 2015 season.
Marlins starter Tom Koehler gave up just one run on five hits while walking four and striking out four over six innings against the Mets on Tuesday. Just 55 of his 102 pitches went for strikes, but Koehler was somehow able to navigate the Mets' lineup to great effect. His 3.90 ERA is noticeably lower than his 4.45 FIP or his 4.56 xFIP and his 6.59 K/9 ranks in the bottom 20 among qualified starters. That said, he has an appealing matchup in his next start Tuesday at home against the Phillies.