Marlins Way: Jose Fernandez/Nathan Eovaldi Duo Deadly in 2014

We are still not through the entirety of the first month of the baseball season, so the numbers are still to be taken with a grain of salt, as numbers in baseball can tilt in the opposite direction as fast as they can go the other way.

Through the first five starts of the season, there has been no more impressive starting pitching duo in baseball than the two pitchers down in Miami. Here is a look at the stats for Jose Fernandez and Nathan Eovaldi through their five starts in 2014:

Fernandez:

W L ERA G GS IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP WP BF ERA+ FIP WHIP H9 HR9 BB9 SO9 SO/W
3 1 1.99 5 5 31.2 23 10 7 2 6 0 47 0 1 124 187 1.44 0.916 6.5 0.6 1.7 13.4 7.83

Eovaldi:
W L ERA G GS IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP WP BF ERA+ FIP WHIP H9 HR9 BB9 SO9 SO/W
1 1 2.87 5 5 31.1 31 13 10 1 4 1 30 2 1 128 130 2.09 1.117 8.9 0.3 1.1 8.6 7.50
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 4/24/2014.

While it’s more likely that Jose Fernandez sustains his early season success, what Eovaldi has done in 2014 should come as a surprise to no one. His fastball already ranked among the elite ones last season, and the growth of his slider, which was evident against the Braves, has taken him to a new level.

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