Miami Marlins manager Don Mattingly said late last week that his pitchers have to compete for a chance to start for this organization. While has always been always believed is that there were six arms competing for five spots in the rotation, there are a few other pitchers who are trying to make a case for crashing the party. Severino Gonzalez is one of them.
Gonzalez has been sharp so far this spring training. Gonzales acquired from the Phillies was untouched in his first spring training outing. On Monday however he proved that nothing is perfect. A solo homerun in each of the first three innings in Miami's 6-4 loss on Monday May have made things a little bit easier for Mattingly. The right hander, however, would still like to be a consideration.
"I think they were pretty legit," Mattingly said about the three home runs that were hit. "It wasn't like it was good in the air and get it going. I thought they were all hit pretty good. They were all fair."
Gonzales, whose specialty is out of the bullpen, was given a chance to start with the hopes of adding versatility to the pitching staff. Another outing like the one on Monday, and the possibility of Gonzales becoming a spot starter might be erased.
"You've got to get the ball in the right spots. With him, we've started him some. I'm not quite sure what we're going to do. We need to see him get the ball on both sides of the plate," said Mattingly.
Like all new pitchers on the Marlins’ staff, Gonzales is adjusting to his new team and the chemistry within the organization. The fact that the Marlins have added many relief pictures to their staff this year means they're limited spaces to make an impact.