Lopez gave up three runs on three hits and two walks over three innings in Sunday's Grapefruit League game against the Cardinals. He struck out two. The 24-year-old took the bump 21 times for the Marlins last season but stumbled to a 5.09 ERA and 95:27 K:BB through 111.1 innings, and Lopez hasn't shown anything in the way of improvement this spring, posting a 5.87 ERA, 1.70 WHIP and 5:5 K:BB through 7.2 frames. He's still ticketed to fill a mid-rotation role for the club to begin the season, but he could be on a very short leash if he can't take his performance to another level.
Lopez allowed four runs on eight hits with no walks and three strikeouts across 4.1 innings in a no-decision against the Phillies on Friday. The 23-year-old bounced back from walking four batters in his last outing to handing out zero free passes Friday, but the eight hits he yielded led to a fourth straight no-decision. In his last seven outings of the year, which came after he returned from the injured list Aug. 26, Lopez went 0-3 with a 7.01 ERA. He finished the season 5-8 with a 5.09 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 95 strikeouts in 111.1 innings.
Lopez allowed three runs on six hits and had four walks to go with a strikeout over five innings during Sunday's victory over the Nationals. Lopez did not factor into the decision for a third straight outing. This was a nice bounce-back game for Lopez after he gave up six runs and lasted just three innings against the Nationals back on Aug. 31. Lopez has been much better at home this season with a lower ERA, WHIP, BB/9 and HR/9 along with a higher K/9. The right-hander now owns a 4.96 ERA along with a 93:31 K:BB across 112 innings. He lines up to take the mound one last time this season against the Phillies on Friday.
Lopez didn't factor into the decision against the Diamondbacks on Monday, giving up three earned runs on five hits over six innings, striking out six and walking none as the Marlins eventually lost 7-5. The right-hander logged a quality start, but it wasn't quite enough to get him his sixth win. Still, it was a nice rebound effort after he gave up five earned in five innings to the Brewers in his last start. Lopez's 4.94 ERA is still bloated, but he's managed to provide solid numbers in other categories over his 19 starts, with a 1.18 WHIP and 91 strikeouts across 102 innings.
Lopez allowed five runs on five hits and four walks across five innings during Wednesday's loss to the Brewers. He had two strikeouts and did not factor in the decision. Lopez struggled with his command Wednesday as he delivered only 44 of his 84 pitches for strikes on his way to issuing a season-high four walks. The 23-year-old has a 4.97 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 85:23 K:BB through 96 innings and lines up to pitch Monday at Arizona.
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