Jose on brink of Marlins rookie strikeout record

ATLANTA — Not much has stood in Jose Fernandez’s way this season, so being two strikeouts away from setting a Marlins’ record shouldn’t be too startling.

When Fernandez takes the mound at Turner Field on Friday night, the 21-year-old will have winning foremost on his mind. The Marlins last won in the rookie’s last start, last Saturday at home against Colorado.

Since then, the team has dropped four straight, including three in a row at Washington.

From a personal standpoint, Fernandez is two strikeouts shy of setting a Marlins’ record for a rookie. He enters tonight against the Braves with 165.

In 2006, lefty Scott Olsen established set the team standard with 166. The most telling difference is Olsen reached his total in 180 2/3 innings, compared to 150 2/3 innings for Fernandez.

Because of his age and inexperience, Fernandez will be shut down after two more starts, at roughly 170 innings.

While Fernandez is 10-5 on a team with 49 total wins, the right-hander won’t get a chance to match the rookie record for victories. That was set by Dontrelle Willis, who was 14-6 during his NL Rookie of the Year season in 2003.

MARLINS Rookie strikeout leaders

1) Scott Olsen 166 (2006)
2) Jose Fernandez 165 (2013)
3) Dontrelle Willis 142 (2003)
4) Jesus Sanchez 137 (1998)
5) Josh Johnson 133 (2006)
6) Chuck Smith 118 (2000)
7) Josh Beckett 113 (2002)
8) Tony Saunders 102 (1997)
9) Ricky Nolasco 99 (2006)
10) Michael Tejera 95 (2002)

Joe Frisaro

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