Miami Marlins continue to lose with Jose Urena

The Miami Marlins have yet to win a game this season when starting pitcher Jose Urena is on the mound. That trend continued on Friday after opening a three-game series against the Washington Nationals with a 9-5 loss.

Urena is now 0-7 with a 4.69 ERA in 11 starts this season. The Marlins are 19-20 when any other starting pitcher is on the mound. Dating back to September 27, 2017, the Marlins have lost 13 straight Urena starts, making it the longest such streak in franchise history. Before that, the longest streak came with Brain Moehler on the mound for the Fish from July 26, 2005 through April 28, 2006.

Urena’s seven losses to start the season is tied with Joe Fontenot in 1998 and Edison Volquez in 2017, which ironically came with a no-hitter after he broke the losing streak.

Urena was saved from being the fourth pitcher since 1910 to start a season with at least eight consecutive losses — joining Washington’s Chuck Stobbs (1957), Baltimore’s Mike Boddicker (1988) and St. Louis Browns’ Bill Grahame (1910) — thanks to left fielder Derek Dietrich’s two-run home run in the bottom of the sixth off Nationals ace Max Scherzer.

While the stat line is enough to get any starting pitcher demoted to Triple-A, it’s not all Urena’s fault. He is among the lowest in the National League in terms of run support at 2.64 runs per game.

The lack of run support at home is perplexing considering that the Marlins have four hitters — Starlin Castro (8th), Dietrich (17th), Miguel Rojas (23rd) and Brian Anderson (25th) — among the National League’s top 25 in home batting average. Dietrich’s homer and Rojas’ two-run knock kept the game tied at 4-4 just before Urena’s departure.

The bullpen gave up five runs in the final three innings to keep the losing streak going.

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