Scott (0-1) took the loss Friday against the Brewers, failing to record an out while giving up one run on two hits. Entering a 1-1 game in the top of the ninth inning, Scott promptly loaded the bases on two singles and a hit batsman before being replaced by Anthony Bender, who walked in the winning run. Scott's 38.6 percent strikeout rate to begin the season is elite, but it comes with a 12.3 percent walk rate, and his 4.38 ERA and 1.38 WHIP through 12.1 innings highlight how volatile he's been. Despite seeing high-leverage work, the 27-year-old southpaw has zero wins or holds and only one save (in two chances) in 15 appearances for the Marlins.
Scott gave up three runs on two hits while striking out one and getting just one out before being replaced in the ninth inning Sunday against Atlanta. He entered with a 5-1 lead, and Miami ended up winning 5-4. Scott struck out Travis Demeritte for what would have been the first out of the ninth inning with the Marlins up four runs, but it was a wild pitch and Demeritte reached first base safely. That was followed by an Ozzie Albies double, a Matt Olson sacrifice fly and an Austin Riley two-run homer. Scott got a save Saturday in a clean ninth inning and was called on a second day in a row to protect a four-run lead. He created a save situation that Louis Head converted. The Marlins seem to have a committee in the ninth inning, though manager Don Mattingly would like one pitcher to emerge as the go-to option. Anthony Bender has faltered in the role, so any of Scott, Cole Sulser or Anthony Bass could get opportunities in the short term.
Scott struck out one in a perfect ninth inning Saturday to record his first save of the season in a 9-7 win over Atlanta. Anthony Bender hadn't pitched since Wednesday, but manager Don Mattingly didn't look his way after the Marlins took the lead in the top of the seventh inning, suggesting the closer role in Miami is wide open once again. Scott has pitched well to begin the season, posting a 12:2 K:BB through seven innings with a 2.57 ERA and 0.57 WHIP, but the southpaw could find himself in more of a high-leverage situational role rather than as the designated ninth-inning option once Dylan Floro (shoulder) comes off the IL.
Scott and Cole Sulser were traded from the Orioles to the Marlins on Sunday in exchange for Antonio Velez and Kevin Guerrero, Craig Mish of SportsGrid.com reports. Scott got some work as a setup man for Baltimore in 2021, and he logged 16 holds with a 5.17 ERA and 1.57 WHIP in 54 innings across 62 relief appearances. The southpaw should be in the mix for some late-inning work with the Marlins this year, but he'll likely have to improve his 14.7 percent walk rate to become a more reliable option.
Scott signed a one-year, $1.05 million contract with the Orioles on Tuesday, avoiding arbitration, Robert Murray of FanSided.com reports. Scott will just clear the seven-figure threshold in his first year of arbitration ability. He struck out 27.9 percent of opposing batters last season but also walked 14.7 percent, leading to a poor 5.17 ERA.
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