Miami Marlins Morning Catch: It’s Jose Day
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The wait is over and the ace returns home. It’s about time Jose Fernandez pitches again for the Marlins. Tonight, Fernandez makes the start against the Washington Nationals at Marlins Park.
Fernandez hasn’t pitched for the Fish since August 7th, when he left the game early in Atlanta. After being diagnosed with a biceps strain, Miami’s ace was thought to be shut down. However, he’ll return now to finish off the season with the Marlins.
For the Nationals, this spells obvious trouble. After a loss last night, Washington sits eight games out of the NL East lead, being runaway favorites at the beginning of the year. Now, to avoid further damage, they must best Fernandez, who owns a 15-0 record at home with a 1.14 ERA.
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To conclude 2015, many Marlins are recovering from injuries, Jose being the latest. Miami has started to field a complete team and the Marlins have now won eight of their last ten. Hopefully the success continues with Fernandez on the bump.
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From Around the Web:
Marlins ace Jose Fernandez ready to return — Walter Villa, Sports Xchange
MIAMI — Things just got worse for the Washington Nationals.
The Nationals, the run-away favorites in the National League East at the start of the season, trail the surprising New York Mets in the division by seven games. The Mets on Wednesday completed a three-game sweep at Washington.
Now the Nationals travel, starting on Friday, to face the lowly Miami Marlins, which should be a break for Washington … except that Jose Fernandez will start against the Nationals on Saturday. (Read More Here)
Miami Marlins’ minor league teams, prospects are terrible — Anthony Garcia, Miami Sun Times
The Miami Marlins sure have dealt with a lot this season.
With the entire team woefully underperforming, franchise stars Giancarlo Stanton and Jose Fernandez missing significant chunks of the season, and now with their current manager who may or may not be back next season, it’s safe to say it’s been a rollercoaster ride for Miami.
As if it couldn’t get any worse, it somehow did, with the Miami Herald reporting that all four of the Marlin’s minor league teams finished dead last in their respective leagues. (Read More Here)
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