Jose making case as one of MLB’s best

MIAMI — Facing the best certainly brings out the best in Jose Fernandez.

The Marlins’ ace did it again on Monday night, silencing the Dodgers in Miami’s 6-2 win at Marlins Park.

After striking out eight while allowing one earned run in six innings, Fernandez enhanced his National League Rookie of the Year chances. But if you dig deeper into the numbers, a case can be made the 21-year-old has been the best overall pitcher in the big leagues since late May.

Overall, Fernandez is 9-5 with a 2.41 ERA with 157 strikeouts in 145 2/3 innings. In his 24 starts, the Marlins are 15-9, remarkable when you consider the team has 48 total wins.

The turning point for Fernandez came after his May 27 loss to the Rays at Tropicana Field. Born in Cuba, Fernandez attended high school in Tampa. Admittedly, he was amped up pitching in his home town.

The Rays tagged Fernandez for seven runs (four earned) in 3 1/3 innings.

Since May 28, statistically, Fernandez has put up the best numbers of any starting pitcher in either league.


1) Jose Fernandez (Mia) 7-2, 1.64 ERA, 105 Ks, 93 1/3 IP
2) Clayton Kershaw (LAD) 7-4, 1.88 ERA, 105 Ks, 110 IP
3) David Price (TB) 6-1, 1.89 ERA, 57 Ks, 76 1/3 IP
4) Hiroki Kuroda (NYY) 5-5, 2.26 ERA, 77 Ks, 99 2/3 IP
5) Dillon Gee (NYM) 7-2, 2.27 ERA, 77 Ks, 103 IP
6) Yu Darvish (TEX) 5-3, 2.39 ERA, 109 ks, 86 2/3 IP
7) Bartolo Colon (OAK) 9-3, 2.42 ERA, 44 Ks, 93 IP
8) Max Scherzer (DET) 11-1, 2.42 ERA, 104 Ks, 104 IP
9) Matt Harvey (NYM) 4-4, 2.48 ERA, 113 Ks, 101 2/3 IP
10) Julio Teheran (ATL) 7-5, 2.53 ERA, 97 Ks, 92 2/3 IP

Joe Frisaro

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