It turns out that even when he is not on the mound, Jose Fernandez is still a winner. On Monday, the rookie sensation collected his second Co-Player of the Week Award in less than a month. Last time he shared the honors with teammate Steve Cishek, this time he shared the honor with with Cubs pitcher Jeff Samardzija.
Fernandez collected two wins and posted an ERA of 0.64 for the week, striking out 16 in 13 innings of work. The righty allowed just two runs (one earned) on just eight hits. The starts came against the NL West leading Los Angeles Dodgers and the Colorado Rockies.
The win over the Dodgers likely catapulted Fernandez to the top of the Rookie of the Year, as he was able to shutdown a fellow candidate in Yasiel Puig in three at bats, including a nasty strikeout in Puig’s second at bat.
Fernandez lowered his ERA to 2.30 for the season, good for the third best ERA Majors behind fellow NL All-Stars Clayton Kershaw(1.72) and Matt Harvey (2.27). His FIP lowered to 2.65 for the season and he upped his strikeout rate to 9.73 per nine innings. In the second half, Fernandez has struck out 11.63 hitters per nine innings and walked just 2.06 in that span. His FIP in that span has been an amazing 1.47, best in the Majors.
Fernandez has now thrown 152 2/3 innings on the season, closing in on his 170 inning limit the Marlins set for him before the season began. Interestingly enough, it seems the only thing that could stop the Fernandez from winning the prestigious Rookie of the Year award will be the Marlins.