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Jose Fernandez dazzles as Marlins top Pirates

Jul 28, 2013, 10:25 PM EDT

Marlins starter Jose Fernandez, 21 years old on July 31, continued to make his case both for NL Rookie of the Year and for NL Cy Young with a stunning eight-inning performance against the Pirates this afternoon. The right-hander allowed two runs on five hits, walking none and striking out a whopping 13 batters. He lowered his ERA to 2.71 in the process, now the sixth-best mark in the NL.

The Marlins won 3-2 with the deciding run coming in the sixth inning on a Giancarlo Stanton solo home run to center field. Despite snapping a streak of 37 consecutive scoreless innings earlier in the week, the Marlins have been playing markedly better baseball over the last two months as compared to the first two months. Fernandez is a big part of that.

  1. historiophiliac - Jul 28, 2013 at 10:29 PM

    Marlins what Pirates?

    /rubs eyes

    • Old Gator - Jul 29, 2013 at 12:40 AM

      If you can run back any parts of the game on or whatever, watch some of The Kid’s benders. The fastball, yeah, we know about that. But the breaking stuff? It’s like he’s got a remote guidance chip in those pitches. And he’s developing a nice changeup too. Evil stuff. 666 stuff. Sold my soul down at the crossroads stuff (which here in Macondo would be the intersection of Calle Ocho and SW 27th Avenue – the hookers generally clear out for an hour when they know someone’s meeting El Diablo there).

      Rookie of the year? Entirely do-able. Cy Young? Eh – that would be a stretch, especially when they shut him down at his 170-200 inning limit.

      It’s true that the Feesh have been playing much better baseball than they were playing in April and May, but for the most part that was before the young guns Turner, Fernandez, Eovaldi and Alvarez either came up from the minors or got off the DL. Also, let’s not forget that Reecky Nolasco was pitching very well in June and early July. But offensively, the Feesh are still at the bottom of the heap, and now they have to go looking for an effective hitting coach.

      Maybe they ought to consider Anthony Weiner. He’s been hitting on everyone who …um…OK, never mind. I won’t go there after all.

  2. cardslifer - Jul 28, 2013 at 10:35 PM

    This dude is a beast.

    I’m just glad he plays for the Marlins.

    • scotttheskeptic - Jul 28, 2013 at 10:47 PM

      He plays for the Marlins, until he is arb-eligible, that is. Then, the For Sale sign goes up.

      • Old Gator - Jul 29, 2013 at 12:32 AM

        For sale or trade. With that little colorful hot air balloon on the sign.

  3. snuffysmif - Jul 28, 2013 at 10:48 PM

    Striking out 13 Pirates isn’t really that impressive. What pitcher doesn’t have their career high in strikeouts against the Buccos.

  4. 13arod - Jul 28, 2013 at 11:18 PM

    Can the rays have him

    • Old Gator - Jul 29, 2013 at 12:31 AM

      I’m waiting for kcrobert to pop up here to announce that he’s changed his mind about the Iron Giant and wants The Kid instead.

  5. mianfr - Jul 28, 2013 at 11:49 PM

    Incredibly talented, very young pitcher on a bad team?

    King Felix II… King Jose?

    • Old Gator - Jul 29, 2013 at 10:40 AM

      El Rey Jose. Remember where we are.

  6. fearthehoody - Jul 29, 2013 at 12:22 AM

    Saying the Fish and Mariners are on the same scale is a huge stretch. Mariners are close to.500, young, and on the rise. Fish look to be terrible for the next decade

    • Uncle Charlie - Jul 29, 2013 at 8:42 AM

      Yeah this is a really impressive decade.

  7. FrustratedDolFan - Jul 29, 2013 at 8:03 AM

    This kid is going to be awesome. If you watched the AS game it shouldn’t surprise but then Fox decides to interview Jason Grili as Fernandez is mowing down the meat of the order striking out 2 and getting Cabrera to fly out. For the first time since the trades I have been encouraged by the Marlins….now if we can only trade Loria and the rest of his henchmen.

    • Old Gator - Jul 29, 2013 at 9:37 AM

      Frankly, I think Scrooge McLoria will try to have the team buried with him some day, like a pharoah, although there’s a good chance he’ll leave it to the Chihuahua who is his stepson.

  8. chalkruz1989 - Jul 29, 2013 at 10:53 AM

    If the Miami Marlins truly want to win, build the team around Jose Fernandez and Giancarlo Stanton. Two of the best young players in the game, the Marlins need to stay in-house and start to bring up guys through the farm. Don’t overspend for players and instead find talent that will come cheap or through the draft.

    • danaking - Jul 29, 2013 at 11:18 AM

      True, but then pay those homegrown players to stay (at least till they’re 30) when the time comes or nothing will change.

    • Old Gator - Jul 29, 2013 at 11:22 AM

      And then trade them away for more prospects as soon as they become arbitration eligible. That’s not “building around” anyone. That’s a treadmill.

  9. thegonz13 - Jul 29, 2013 at 11:35 AM

    This guy will be traded within the next two years. Mark my words.

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