Slowey has stepped up in tough spots

MIAMI — The bottom line is Kevin Slowey is 0-2 in his two starts. But if you dig deeper, the reality is, the veteran right-hander has given an injury-plagued Marlins’ rotation a big boost.

Slowey has come up big in both of his starts, even if he has two losses to show for it.

On Monday night, he was on the short-end of a hard-luck, 2-0 loss to the Braves. But he gave his team seven solid innings, giving up two runs. In his first start, he worked 5 1/3 innings, allowing one run at Washington.

If Slowey continues to pitch like this, it’s a matter of time before some breaks go his way. Right now, he’s been one of the pleasant surprises in a season off to a rough start.

Keep in mind, Slowey made the team as a non-roster invitee who was in Spring Training on a Minor League contract.

One reason he signed with the Marlins was because of his familiarity with manager Mike Redmond. The two were teammates in Minnesota, and Redmond happened to catch Slowey’s first big-league start.

“When I talked to him this winter, he said he was healthy, and he was feeling good,” Redmond said. “I just told him, I said, ‘Hey, just because I caught you, you’re going to have to earn this. You’re going to have to come in and you’re going to have to pitch, and earn your way on this team.’ He’s done that.”

Slowey is re-engerizing his career, after he didn’t pitch in the big leagues in 2012. But dating back to 2011, he’s now lost 10 straight. In fact, the right-hander last won on Sept. 18, 2010 at Oakland.

In recent years, he has deal with right biceps soreness and an abdominal strain. And in 2009, he had right wrist surgery.

“I told him, when you’re healthy, and you don’t over-think,” Redmond said. “He’s a smart guy. ‘If you don’t over-think situations and execute your pitches, then you’re going to be fine.’ He has been. He’s been great. He’s been aggressive. He’s pounded the strike zone, and kept guys off-balance. He’s been a nice addition to this pitching staff.”

A veteran on a youthful team, Slowey is staying upbeat.

“I firmly believe things will break for us,” he said. “I know that I was able to see guys all through spring, so it’s not a small sample size for me. Maybe as it is for some of the people watching the games at home. We have talented guys in this clubhouse.”

TUESDAY LINEUP

1) Pierre, LF
2) Coghlan, CF
3) Stanton, RF
4) Polanco, 3B
5) Dobbs, 1B
6) Solano, 2B
7) Brantly, C
8) Hechavarria, SS
9) LeBlanc, P

Joe Frisaro

1 Comment

If our offense could give anybody any run support we might have 3 or 4 wins at this point. Encouraging signs that our starting pitching is looking solid especially Slowey’s contributions.

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