Lopez (1-3) took the loss Tuesday, giving up two runs on five hits and a walk over five innings while striking out six as the Marlins were downed 4-0 by the Cubs. The young right-hander put together arguably his best start of the season to date, but a lack of run support kept him out of the win column. Lopez threw 58 of 86 pitches for strikes and started 14 of the 21 batters he faced with first-pitch strikes, but control hasn't been his issue -- he now sports a 23:3 K:BB through 20 innings to go along with his less impressive 5.85 ERA. Lopez will look for his first quality start in his next outing, currently lined up for Tuesday in Cleveland.
Lopez (1-2) allowed four runs on seven hits with five strikeouts and one walk across 4.2 innings in a loss to the Reds on Thursday. The 23-year-old faced the minimum through three innings, but then yielded six hits and a walk to the final 12 batters he faced. So while the first three innings were certainly encouraging, Lopez's numbers grew worse because of his final two frames. He is 1-2 with a 6.60 ERA, 1.40 WHIP and 17 strikeouts in 15 innings. Lopez is scheduled to make his next start against the Cubs.
Lopez (1-1) took the loss Friday, giving up four runs on seven hits and a walk while striking out five over five innings as the Marlins fell 4-0 to the Braves. The young right-hander didn't show the same dominance he did in his first start, managing only six swinging strikes among his 89 pitches (52 total strikes), and two of the hits against Lopez left the yard. He'll look to rebound in his next trip to the mound Thursday in Cincinnati.
Lopez (1-0) picked up the win in Saturday's 7-3 victory over the Rockies, allowing three runs on five hits over 5.1 innings while striking out seven. The right-hander got lifted after 88 pitches (62 strikes), falling short of a quality start, but it was otherwise a very successful 2019 debut for Lopez. He generated a whopping 19 swinging strikes, so the strikeout rate was no fluke, and the 23-year-old is starting to look like a genuine building block for a Marlins rotation that's more projection than production at the moment. Lopez's next start is set for April 5 in Atlanta.
Lopez tossed six scoreless innings in Wednesday's Grapefruit League game against the Cardinals, scattering two hits and striking out five. Facing most of St. Louis' likely Opening Day lineup, Lopez put the first two batters he faced on board via a single and HBP, but quickly snuffed out the rally with a double play and didn't allow a runner past first base after that. The right-hander has been impressive this spring, posting a 0.90 ERA and 16:1 K:BB over 20 innings, and if he remains on schedule he's lined up to start the Marlins' third game of the season, March 30 at home against the Rockies.