Even though today’s start was Jose Fernandez‘s last of the spring season, Fernandez’s expectations for himself were clearly in mid-season form. Jose labored through 4 and two/thirds of an inning on Tuesday afternoon, allowing 4 earned runs and nine hits with only three strikeouts. Fernandez particularly had a tough time locating his pitches, showing visible frustration on the mound. He routinely was yelling into his glove, throwing the rosin bag to the ground, and pacing around the mound.
For those of us following Jose’s career, this comes as little surprise. Fernandez has always been passionate and plays every game, even spring training ones, with intensity. Considering everything that he has overcome to get to this point, it makes sense. The good news for Marlins’ fans is that Miami was able to overcome Jose’s poor start. After falling behind 5-3, the Marlins scored 3 runs in the seventh on a Juan Diaz 2-run home run (he played great by the way) and a Marcel Ozuna double. Casey McGehee also hit a solo home run in the 4th inning.
The Marlins extended their spring training record to 17-10 with 4 games remaining. We should see all of the Marlins pitching staff this week which will give us a clue as to who the Marlins will choose as their 5th starter to begin the season.
What do you think about the Marlins strong spring? Is it a sign of things to come? Let us know in the comments below and Go Fish!