Welcome back to the Greatest Moments in Marlins History. Should we handle another rookie Marlins pitching record? Sure, why not? Which rookie pitcher are we talking about his time? Of course it’s Jose Fernandez. One season as a Marlin and already he has a few moments on this list. For moment 71 we are taking a look at the Marlins rookie season record for ERA.
As we have stated countless times, Jose’s 2013 season was a spectacular season; and not just for a rookie but as an overall amazing pitcher season. Jose posted an ERA of 2.19, best in all the Majors. Let’s put that number into some perspective. Shelby Miller, who finished 3rd in the NL Rookie of the Year voting, posted a 3.06 ERA while Hyun-Jin Ryu, who finished 4th in the voting, posted a 3.00 ERA. This makes Jose the only rookie that year to post an ERA below 3.00.
How about the other Rookie of the Year pitcher the Marlins had, Dontrelle Willis? In D-Train’s rookie year he posted an ERA of 3.30. That is more than a full 1.00 higher than Jose! Jose was just amazing in 2013 and I have a feeling there is more to come.
That is a nice rookie record, but what is the team record? Join me tomorrow to find out who holds the Marlins record for the best single season ERA.