Evan Marshall’s time with the Chicago White Sox might be coming to an end.
Evan Marshall has been mostly a disappointment this season but that shouldn’t take away from how good he was the previous two seasons.
Relief pitchers are funny sometimes. You never know how they are going to pan out from year to year. Before signing with the White Sox in 2019, Marshall had a 7.71 ERA in Cleveland. Predating that was a three-year stint in Arizona that saw Marshall bounce between the Diamondbacks and their Triple-A affiliate in Reno.
When Marshall arrived in Chicago, he looked like a stud. He set a career-best in innings pitched (50.2), and ERA (2.49) while matching a career-high in holds with 19. He began the year on an 11-game scoreless streak that spanned 11.1 innings. It took him 18 games to allow his first earned run. In 2020 he tied for eighth in the American League in holds while posting a 2.38 ERA. He limited opponents to a .198 batting average including a .119 mark by left-handed hitters.
However, this season he has come crashing down to earth. Tony La Russa has trusted him in some high leverage situations with mixed results. Overall, it has been a disappointing campaign for the 31-year-old.
Marshall has posted a 5.60 with a 1.35 WHIP. To add insult to injury, he was placed on the 60-day injured list on July 29th with a right flexor pronator strain. Because of this injury, he hasn’t pitched in the big leagues since June 30th.
Evan Marshall has been an excellent reliever for the White Sox for the majority of his tenure here but it is time to move on. It is hard to justify resigning a pitcher coming off an injury that had a bloated ERA before hitting the IL. He is only signed through 2021 so Rick Hahn will likely cut the cord and let him walk.