Jose named NL Pitcher of the Month

MIAMI — Twice last year, Jose Fernandez was named National League Rookie of the Month. On Monday, the 21-year-old received his first top overall pitcher monthly honor.

The Marlins ace was named the National League Pitcher of the Month award, following going 4-1 with a 1.59 ERA, including his March 31 Opening Day start.

Fernandez struck out 55 and walked eight in the month.

Sonny Gray was named the American League Pitcher of the Month.

In 2013, Fernandez was NL Rookie of the Month in July and August.

Fernandez carried over his strong pitching into May. On Sunday, he was not involved in the decision, but he struck out 10 and allowed three runs (two earned) in seven innings in a game won, 5-4, by Miami over the Dodgers.

Fernandez, one of the most entertaining players to watch in the game, had some moments interacting Sunday with Yasiel Puig and Hanley Ramirez.

When Fernandez struck out Puig he gave the Dodgers slugger a look, and he did something similar after getting Ramirez on a ground ball comebacker. When Puig singled, it was his turn to showboat a little at Fernandez.

“We had a little talk [Saturday], Puig and I,” Fernandez said. “He told me, ‘If I get you, I’m going to do something with the crowd.’ I said, ‘Alright, but if I strike you out, I’m going to do something.’ It was really friendly. With Hanley, It’s the same thing.”

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly found the little exchanges amusing.

“The cat’s tough,” Mattingly said. “He’s emotional on the mound. Our guys are emotional. It’s fun. I like seeing the matchups. Our guys like facing him.”

Joe Frisaro

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