Floro (0-1) allowed two earned runs on three hits and two walks while striking out one across a third of an inning Thursday against Atlanta, blowing the save and taking the loss. Floro was called upon to protect a one-run lead in the ninth inning but faltered. He struggled with his control, with his second walk of the frame forcing in the tying run. Floro is considered an option for to pick up saves after Anthony Bass struggled in the role early this season, and he had not allowed an earned run across 6.1 innings while accruing an impressive 8:1 K:BB prior to Thursday's outing. However, Yimi Garcia -- who was likely unavailable to pitch in this game -- has the club's only two saves of the season to this point.
Floro is one of the top options for Miami's next save chance, Craig Mish of SportsGrid.com reports. It sounds like Anthony Bass won't be getting the next save chance after blowing his first two chances of the season. Mish also mentions Yimi Garcia as another top option to get save chances going forward. General manager Kim Ng orchestrated the trade to get Floro from the Dodgers this past offseason. He has not allowed a run while striking out four over 3.1 innings this season.
Floro has yet to give an earned run in 3.1 innings over four appearances this season, recording a 4:1 K:BB and one hold. The right-hander has arguably been Miami's best reliever through the first week of the year. Floro's effectiveness stands in stark contrast to the struggles of closer Anthony Bass, and while manager Don Mattingly doesn't seem inclined to make a change in the ninth inning just yet, Floro is positioning himself to be in the saves mix if Bass does lose the job. Yimi Garcia (2.25 ERA, 3:2 K:BB in 4.0 IP) has been the Marlins' primary eighth-inning arm, however, and could be ahead of Floro in the pecking order for closer duties.
Floro is expected to be the Marlins' primary seventh-inning pitcher to begin the season, Jordan McPherson of The Miami Herald reports. Manager Don Mattingly prefers set roles for his high-leverage crew, and Floro will apparently be the bridge to Yimi Garcia and Anthony Bass in the eighth and ninth innings, respectively. Floro got a late start to his spring but has posted a 3:1 K:BB in 3.2 Grapefruit League innings, and his 2.59 ERA and 1.11 WHIP for the Dodgers in 2020 suggest he can be effective, if not exactly dominant, for Miami.
Marlins manager Don Mattingly said Floro (undisclosed) would be available out of the bullpen for Monday's Grapefruit League game against the Astros, Christina De Nicola of MLB.com reports. Floro looks poised to make his spring debut after the Marlins delayed his entry into the pitching schedule while he dealt with some soreness earlier in camp. After mostly working in middle innings as a member of a deep Dodgers bullpen in 2020, Floro is expected to pitch in more high-leverage situations for a Marlins squad lacking in established relief options. He could even factor into the mix for saves, though Anthony Bass is probably the most likely candidate to open the season as the Marlins' primary closer.
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