Yesterday was heartbreaking. The Marlins have rarely scored eight runs in a game, the last time being July 12th against the Reds. Yet another loss brings Miami to 23 games under .500, their worst mark of the season.
But cheer up, Jose Fernandez will be taking the mound tonight in Atlanta. Eight runs shouldn’t be needed for a win tonight, nor should those runs be expected from this offense. Despite poor run support, Fernandez remains undefeated at 4-0 in 2015, sporting a 2.13 ERA.
It doesn’t take advanced analytics to appreciate the excellence of Fernandez. In a year Marlins fans would like to forget about, Jose Fernandez provides a healthy distraction.
And while there may not be many optimistic Marlins fans out there, to put it lightly, I think everyone who follows the Fish can be thankful they get to watch Jose go to work every fifth day. The same can be said in similar ways with Giancarlo Stanton when healthy.
So yes, it’s a down year. Yes, the Marlins have lost nine out of their last ten. Yes, people within the organization can’t even get along. But Jose days are meant for enjoyment. Try to enjoy this one, as difficult as this season may be.
Miami Marlins place Jose Urena, Andre Rienzo on DL; call up Kendry Flores, Kyle Barraclough — Christina De Nicola, Fox Sports Florida
The injury bug continued its season-long attack on the Miami Marlins as the ballclub placed right-handers Jose Urena and Andre Rienzo on the disabled list Firday, while calling up righties Kendry Flores and Kyle Barraclough.
Urena exited Thursday’s start against the Atlanta Braves after just two innings when he got struck by Daniel Castro’s liner with one out in the second. He allowed five runs on six hits on 40 pitches in his second start back in the big leagues. The 23-year-old rookie lands on the DL with a left knee contusion. (Read More Here)
Miami Marlins at Atlanta Braves game preview — AP
Jose Fernandez continues to be one of the few bright spots in Miami’s dismal season.
He’s been quite strong against the Atlanta Braves during his young career.
Looking to remain undefeated on the season, the right-hander tries to continue that success against the Braves and help the visiting Marlins avoid a fifth consecutive defeat Friday night.
Fernandez (4-0, 2.13 ERA) allowed four hits and struck out 10 while walking two over six scoreless innings of a 5-2 victory over San Diego on Sunday. Though he did not factor in the decision, the 23-year-old lowered his ERA to 1.14 while going 15-0 in 24 starts at Marlins Park. (Read More Here)
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