…that Jason Marquis is this good.
- Rockies 6 Padres 1
Jason Marquis has never been regarded as a second-half pitcher. At the All-Star break, here he is, leading the majors in wins with his 12-6 record. Marquis, despite all the hype that surrounded him in Atlanta, St. Louis, and then Chicago, Marquis only has had one bona fide season, 2004. His one great season and his 2009 season are strikingly similar, with 2009 looking his new best.
2004: 15-7, 3.71 ERA, 201.1 IP, 115 ERA+, 1.42 WHIP, 9.6 H/9, 1.2 HR/9, 3.1 BB/9, 6.2 SO/9, 1.97 SO/BB, .302 BABIP
2009: 12-6, 3.65 ERA, 123.1 IP, 123 ERA+, 1.31 WHIP, 8.8 H/9, 0.7 HR/9, 2.9 BB/9, 4.2 SO/9, 1.45 SO/BB, .273 BABIP
Marquis has improved in almost every category, he’s giving up fewer runs, walking fewer batters, giving up fewer home runs, all this with a significant drop in strikeouts. The strikeout is not Jason Marquis’ main weapon, it never has been higher than 6.8 SO/9 at the MLB level. Marquis has been marginally lucky about hits falling in, but he’s surviving Coors Field well, thats a huge point in his favor. Maybe a change of scenery is just what Marquis needed, as his pitching stats show, he has established a pattern of one good season with a particular team, followed by one (Chicago), or two (Atlanta, St. Louis), bad seasons. He’s not a top level pitcher, but he’s become what Colorado needed, and if he doesn’t collapse in the second half, he’ll be set up for a big payday after the season.