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The Offishial Show Episode 156: Who Gets Squeezed Off Marlins Roster?

Ely Sussman reacts to Pablo López’s red-hot start to 2022 and explains who should be sent packing when the active roster shrinks from 28 spots to 26.

Miami Marlins right fielder Bryan De La Cruz (14) runs the bases after hitting a home run against the St. Louis Cardinals in the sixth inning at loanDepot Park. Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

Fresh off a triumphant Marlins road trip, Ely digs into Pablo López (3:00). How will the MLB leader in earned run average perform once he’s required to pitch on “regular rest” instead of having the luxury of an extra day in between outings? Looking forward to Monday, active roster sizes are being reduced by two spots. Listen to why Bryan De La Cruz and Zach Pop are the players in the most danger of getting sent down to the minors (12:15).

Enjoy Episode 156!

Shortly after recording, the Marlins collected their 10th win of the season. They’ve gone 5-3 in one-run games so far, a stark contrast from how they started off in 2021.

López pitched on April 9, April 15, April 21 and April 27, getting five days of rest in between each outing. But he’s now lined up to work twice on “regular rest” against the Diamondbacks (May 2) and Padres (May 7). The Venezuelan right-hander has posted a 5.03 ERA and 1.33 WHIP in his 29 career starts on regular rest, significantly underperforming his overall numbers. These next assignments will tell us a lot about whether López can be physically relied upon for consistent greatness.

De La Cruz and Pop have three more minor league options apiece. Temporarily stowing them at Triple-A Jacksonville does not preclude them from having a major league impact later in the 2022 campaign or becoming valuable role players in future years.

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