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Miami Marlins' bullpen being tested early

None of the club's starters have recorded wins this season.

Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

None of Miami's starting pitchers have earned a win to this point in 2016.

In some instances, that results from a lack of offensive production. But currently for the Marlins, starters are also not getting wins because they are not going very deep into games.

Miami does have one of the younger rotations in baseball, led by Jose Fernandez, who complicates the situation because he is following a strict innings limit.

However, in his first outing of the season, Wei-Yin Chen didn't have much success against the Tigers. Fernandez only tossed five frames against the Mets.

Adam Conley was able to reach six Wednesday afternoon after only tossing one inning against Washington. Tom Koehler logged 6.1 against the Nationals.

If the Marlins entered 2016 with a major question in a specific area, it almost certainly was pertinent to bullpen performance. And things didn't get easier when the club announced lefty Mike Dunn was set to open the season on the disabled list. He reportedly recently suffered a setback, too.

As a result of the short outings, the Marlins' bullpen has been tax early. David Phelps has already pitched seven innings and could be a candidate to serve as a setup man in the coming weeks.

Craig Breslow has already tossed over four innings. Dustin McGowan has done the same.

Bryan Morris has recorded 4.2 innings. Chris Narveson is at 3.1.

The Marlins have only played seven games to this point.

While Miami's five starters didn't have much success in their first starts of the season, there is still time for them to bounce back. And if the Marlins find themselves needing an additional starter, Justin Nicolino should be available.

Miami won their first series of the season over the Mets as a result of both consistent offense and solid pitching. In order for them to compete moving forward, though, the starters will have to pitch deeper into games.