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Jose Fernandez had himself a ballgame

Aug 2, 2013, 9:55 PM EDT

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Marlins starter Jose Fernandez was staked to a 5-0 lead after three innings, but in reality, all he needed was one run given how dominant he looked against the Indians tonight. The 20-year-old Cuban struck out 14 batters over eight innings, allowing just three hits and one walk. In his previous start against the Pirates, he struck out 13 and walked none in eight innings. He now has a 2.54 ERA and continues to pad his case for the NL Rookie of the Year and NL Cy Young awards.

The bulk of the Marlin offense tonight came from first baseman Logan Morrison, who went 4-for-5 with four runs batted in. Christian Yelich, Adeiny Hechavarria, and Jake Marisnick also contributed three hits apiece. The Fish scored five against Indians starter Ubaldo Jimenez, who lasted four innings. They then added a five-spot in the bottom of the eighth against reliever Matt Albers.

The 14-strikeout performance is Fernandez’s first of the season and the seventh overall in baseball this year. Yu Darvish has accomplished the feat four times, including last night, while Chris Sale and Anibal Sanchez have done it once each.

  1. timmons94 - Aug 2, 2013 at 10:01 PM

    Kid is simply awesome. Could be watching one of the greatest of all time. His all star outing was simply awesome

    • Arods Other Doctor - Aug 2, 2013 at 10:37 PM

      “Greatest of all time” is probably about ten years premature, but he’s been impressive so far. One of my favorites to watch.

  2. elwaysagenius - Aug 2, 2013 at 10:03 PM


  3. steelers88 - Aug 2, 2013 at 10:09 PM

    At least Jose fernandez’s career in K’s is no longer against the Pirates.

  4. bronco58lb - Aug 2, 2013 at 10:21 PM

    The best kept secret of this year’s All-Star Game. His perfect inning at Citi Field might have been the most impressive performance of the night.

  5. Russell Cecala Jr - Aug 2, 2013 at 10:25 PM

    At least the Marlins have something good going for them. Really impressive to see this kid come out and dominate like he has with he little offensive support he has received. What I really take away from this however is that Cleveland is going to be in trouble down the stretch. High strikeout rates across their lineup paired with a lackluster pitching staff to carry them down the stretch. Don’t expect them to be around come October.

  6. jpalughi823 - Aug 2, 2013 at 11:29 PM

    how long before the miami trades him is my question. side note: in my league i traded joe nathan away for this kid a week ago. i’ll take it

  7. Old Gator - Aug 3, 2013 at 12:19 AM

    Bill, Fernandez turned 21 a few days ago. He can have a beer now.

    Yep, another dominating performance. The Keed is terrific. Given his harrowing Cuban exile cred, which the team is already exploiting, he’s useful here in Macondo in a uniquely valuable way. As long as he keeps pitching like this he might be one of the rare ones the Feesh sign to an extension.

    Bear in mind though, as the superlatives pile up, that he’s still very young, has a lot to learn, and the teams in the league haven’t seen enough of him yet to make adjustments. How he responds when their hitters do make them – and don’t kid yourself, the professionals will – is going to determine whether he indeed becomes on of the great ones or just another one who, like the recently turfed out Reecky Nolasco, is always capable of a dominating performance but just not tonight.

  8. brewcitybummer - Aug 3, 2013 at 8:35 AM

    F@#$ing Brewers. Oh, we went after two polished college pitchers that should move fast. This is why you just acquire talent and let it play. Those 1st round advanced college pitchers are now both bordering on non-prospects. Good to see this kid succeed but goddamn are the Brewers a dumpster fire.

    • brewcitybummer - Aug 3, 2013 at 8:48 AM

      Just to expan on that, Jose Fernandez has the inside track to be the best pitcher in one of the best 1st rounds for pitching we have seen in a very long time. Bauer, Bundy and Hultzen still have chances to be special. Gerrit Cole looks legit. Alex Meyer and Matt Barnes should pan out. Not to mention, Lindor, Baez, Rendon and Springer on the position player side.

      And who does Doug Melvin get out of that draft with two first round picks? A lefty who implodes immediately and a right handed sinker baller who has lost velocity every year since he was a freshman. I’m sorry, but Doug Melvin without Jack Z is like that commericial with the sweet OR sour chicken.

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