Sep 6, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins starting pitcher Jose Fernandez (third from left) jockes around with starting pitcher Jacob Turner (second from left) in the dugout during the ninth inning against the Washington Nationals at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Marlins Way: Starters Not Named Jose Fernandez Struggling of Late

Last Friday night, Jose Fernandez pitched seven shutout innings, allowing just one hit to the Washington Nationals. Since then, Miami Marlins starters have thrown three straight “stinkers” of starts.

Going back to last Tuesday, the Marlins starting rotation has thrown 19 1/3 innings and have walked more (14) hitters than they have struck out (13). In that span, the team’s starting rotation owns a 9.42 ERA.

One really has to wonder how many more wins the Marlins can collect the rest of 2013 if they cannot not get pitchers not named Fernandez to step up. This especially since the team plans to shut down Fernandez after his next start Wednesday.

Wheels come off again for shaky Marlins rotation | Miami Herald

Come Thursday, Jose Fernandez can kick back and relax. He’ll make his final start of the season Wednesday, at which point the Marlins will place him on the shelf in order to preserve his golden arm for safekeeping.

Marlins’ rotation primed for a shakeup | Sun-Sentinel

The Marlins’ rotation appears likely to get a shuffle, and not just because Jose Fernandez is making his last start on Wednesday.

Before Monday’s series opener against the Braves, manager Mike Redmond said he and pitching coach Chuck Hernandez had discussed giving Jacob Turner additional time before his next outing.

Miami Marlins: Jeff Mathis getting a little love for Jose Fernandez’s development | Sun-Sentinel

Sam Miller at Baseball Prospectus did a nice job breaking down catcher Jeff Mathis’ impact behind the dish in a piece titled “The Jeff Mathis Effect on Jose Fernandez.”

Miami Marlins analysis: Jacob Turner and control, revisited | Fishstripes

Miami Marlins starter Jacob Turner has really struggled with his control in the 2013 season. Once renowned for prospect polish on the mound, has Turner worn down as the season progressed, or has this been an issue for a while?

Stanton takes part in warmups, could return Tuesday | Marlins News

Maybe a couple of days of rest is all Giancarlo Stanton needs to get back in the lineup.

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