This article is part of our Collette Calls series.
Enter German Marquez, who picked up his 10th win of the season Tuesday against the slumping Astros, whose season has taken a turn since they decided to test the karma gods and acquire an abusive reliever from Toronto. (Bad things happen when you steal Jobu's rum, and they also happen when you break your own zero-tolerance policy in the name of winning.) Marquez now has a positive dollar value in mixed leagues, something rare for Colorado starting pitchers, and has now earned $8 in NL-formats.
There is something happening here with the 23-year-old hurler, who is showing growth in his second full season at the big league level, although the surface stats do not yet show it. He is one strikeout shy of equaling his 2017 total despite facing 116 fewer batters to date. The other side of that is that he is two walks shy of matching his 2017 total of 49 and his ERA is still hanging