Against the Diamondbacks on July 11, 2018, Márquez blasted his first career home run off second baseman and former teammate Daniel Descalso. As a result, Márquez became the first pitcher to do it since Mike LaCoss in 1986.
He tied a major-league record by striking out the first eight Philadelphia Phillies batters on September 26, 2018, until pitcher Nick Pivetta reached base on an error on a 0-2 fastball in the bottom of the fifth.
Additionally, Márquez shattered the franchise record for most strikeouts in a season, which had previously been held by Ubaldo Jiménez in 2010.
After incorporating a slider into his pitching arsenal, Márquez had a stellar second half of the 2018 season. After making 33 starts, including 20 quality starts, he finished with a 14-11 record (tied for 9th in the NL in wins) with a 3.77 ERA in 196 innings pitched, striking out 230 batters (tied for 4th) .
His WHIP was 1.20, which was rather respectable. His 10.561 K/9 (fourth in the National League) set a new record for the team.
As an outfielder, Márquez also had a stellar year, slugging.300 with a home run, five RBIs, and an impressive.650 OPS (18 for 60).
After Mike Hampton won the Silver Slugger Award in 2002, he is the only Rockies pitcher to win it since. He was named the top batting pitcher in the National League.
The Rockies’ first-ever back-to-back postseason appearances are largely attributed to Marquez and Colorado native Kyle Freeland, whose breakout seasons helped propel the team to the postseason on two separate occasions.
Is Germán Márquez Married?
Dilvanny Marquez is German’s wife. They exchanged vows in a little wedding ceremony.