“That kid is the real deal.” If you don’t trust your eyes or the stats when it comes to Trevor Rogers, trust Dontrelle Willis who himself was a sensational Marlins rookie left-hander once upon a time. Rogers took care of business Monday night against a short-handed Brewers lineup and earned his third win of the season thanks to a surprising eruption from Miami’s bats.
That kid is the real deal— Dontrelle Willis (@DTrainMLB) April 27, 2021
- Trevor Rogers—6.0 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 7 K (85 pitches)
- Corbin Burnes—5.0 IP, 8 H, 5 R (4 ER), 0 BB, 9 K (87 pitches)
On a night in which Corbin Burnes received top billing, Rogers unequivocally out-dueled him. The only consolation for Burnes was that he kept his near-historic season-opening walk-less streak intact.
In the top of the sixth inning, Burnes surrendered back-to-back-to-back-to-back-to-back hits to Jazz Chisholm Jr., Miguel Rojas, Jesús Aguilar, Garrett Cooper and Corey Dickerson. That rally sent the star right-hander to the showers early.
Cooper had the two hardest-hit balls for the Fish with exit velocities of 106.5 mph (home run) and 112.5 mph (double). That’s extremely encouraging for somebody who only “barreled” one ball all season entering the night, according to Statcast. With Adam Duvall showing the versatility to play center field, it creates an opportunity for Cooper to start in right field on a regular basis and hopefully find some consistency.
The eight-run margin of victory was Miami’s largest of the season (surpassing their 14-8 win over the Braves on April 13).
Rogers lowered his earned run average to 1.29, which ranks third among all qualified MLB starters (he leapfrogged Burnes who’s now at 1.53). He concluded his postgame media availability by dedicating this performance to one of his childhood friends who tragically passed away recently.
Removed from the game entering the bottom of the eighth, Rojas has been battling what Don Mattingly described as a hyperextended elbow. The captain could be seen on the Bally Sports Florida broadcast massaging that area on defense during the breaks between pitches. Mattingly was non-committal about whether he would appear in the next game.
Tuesday’s probable starting pitchers are Daniel Castano and Adrian Houser. Same start time (7:40 p.m. ET).
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