With the fast decline of Ricky Nosalsco’s status as the top hurler for the Florida Marlins, the few Marlins fans that remain had to wonder who would be the guy to step up for the team and take over that #1 spot in the pitching rotation. Anibal Sanchez – No. Andre Miller – No. Hayden Penn – No. Chris Volstad – No. Shane West – No.
It was Josh Johnson, and is has been clear for quite some time that he is the prize of the Marlins’ pitching crew. With a 7-1 record so far this season, Johnson has won 4 of his last 5 starts while taking each game deep into the 7th inning or more. His K:walk ratio is 3.5:1 and his era has hovered around the 2.6-2.7 mark consistently.
After coming off of major surgery, the Tommy John kind, Johnson has been nothing less than stellar for ‘The Fish’. In 2008 he resumed his spot in the pitching rotation and went 7-1 to finish the ’08 campaign. He has started in ’09 the way he left off in ’08 and he’s proving to be the Marlins’ most valuable weapon in their rotation.
Hopefully the baseball world will get to see Josh play during a more marquee event. I’m thinking that he would fit in very well alongside the greatest players in the game. Maybe he’ll be able to show off his skills in the middle of July in St. Louis!! He’s got my vote!!!