Alcantara (2-3) tossed seven innings and took the loss Sunday, yielding one run on four hits and two walks while striking out 10 in the loss to the Mets.
Alcantara turned in the best outing of his career Sunday, including a career-high 10 strikeouts. Unfortunately, Noah Syndergaard completely shut down Miami, throwing a complete game shutout. The rookie righty ends the 2018 season with a 3.44 ERA across 34 innings.
Alcantara (2-1) gave up three runs on six hits and six walks while striking out three in four innings Tuesday against the Nationals. He took the loss.
He was actually quite fortunate to only give up the three runs in four frames, given that he allowed 12 baserunners. Alcantara has been oddly effective in a small sample size in the big-league rotation, boasting a 2.35 ERA and 1.30 WHIP in 23 innings (four starts). However, his 17:16 K:BB over that span signals that his run prevention is wholly unsustainable. He lines up for two starts next week, Monday in Washington and Sunday on the road against the Mets.
Alcantara pitched seven innings Thursday, allowing two runs on two hits and three walks in the 4-3 loss to the Mets. He struck out six and gave up a homer in the no-decision.
Aside from a two-run shot off the bat of Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz, Alcantara kept the Mets in check all afternoon. He left the game in line for his third win in as many starts this season, but Kyle Barraclough coughed up a pair of homers in the ninth inning. The 23-year-old rookie has allowed just three runs in 19 innings at the MLB level in 2018. He'll take the mound against Washington at home early next week.
Alcantara (2-0) picked up the win in Wednesday's 2-1 victory over the Phillies, scattering three hits and two walks over seven scoreless innings while striking out six.
The right-hander only allowed one Phillie to even get into scoring position, but Carlos Santana's third-inning double was left stranded. Alcantara's control wasn't quite as sharp as it seemed, as he hit two batters, but it was still the rookie's best performance in the majors by far. He'll take the mound again next Wednesday on the road against the Mets.
Alcantara will join the Miami rotation and start Wednesday against the Phillies, Wells Dusenbury of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports.
The Marlins officially shuttered Pablo Lopez (shoulder) for the season Saturday by moving him to the 60-day disabled list and intend to replace him with two starters in Alcantara and fellow rookie Jeff Brigham, who debuted in Sunday's loss to the Blue Jays. Alcantara, who made a lone start for the big club June 29 before being shut down for about a month with a right axillary infection, is back to full health but struggled over his last four outings at Triple-A New Orleans with a 5.47 ERA and 1.38 WHIP across 24.2 innings. Despite his underwhelming numbers in the Pacific Coast League this season, Alcantara remains one of the top pitching prospects for the Marlins and will use September as an audition for a full-time role in the big-league rotation in 2019.
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