Jul 9, 2015; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins starting pitcher Jose Fernandez (16) reacts from the dugout after the Marlins defeated the Cincinnati Reds 2-0 at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
2. Jose Fernandez will throw a no-hitter, 3 complete game shutouts
I will keep alive Travis’ bold prediction from the preseason and say that Fernandez will throw a no-hitter by season’s end. His best chance may actually be Friday, when he takes on the Philadelphia Phillies, the worst team in the majors.
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I will also add-on that Jose will finish the season with 3 complete game shutouts. Fernandez has never pitched a complete game in his major league career, but that should change soon.
Last time out, Jose Fernandez threw seven beautiful shutout innings against the Cincinnati Reds. In that start, he struck out 9 and did not walk a single hitter. Fernandez threw just 94 pitches in that start.
As the season wears on, the Miami Marlins will likely loosen the leash on Fernandez and let him work up to 110-115 pitches. If he can avoid walks and get hitters out efficiently, that’s all the pitches it might take for him to throw a complete game shutout.
And one of those from Jose isn’t good enough for me. I want three, as well as his first career no-hitter. If he can throw that in Atlanta, somewhere between August 6th to 9th, when I expect to be in attendance, that would be absolutely fantastic.
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