Reason # 3: Meet The New Jose
It’s no secret that Jose Fernandez is nearing his theoretical innings cap. In fact, as long as he makes it through the sixth inning, he’ll cross it in his next start.
And he’ll get every opportunity to do that. His next start comes at home, and even if the Marlins lose four straight games heading into it, management won’t shut him down without giving fans one more chance to come see him pitch. It’s money in the bank for the team, and there’s also just no way Fernandez would respond well to such a move at all.
But if the Marlins do scuffle this weekend, and do lose this upcoming series against the Phillies, count on Wednesday being Jose’s last start of 2016.
In that case, my money is on Despaigne taking Fernandez’s place in the starting rotation. Why risk injury to more valuable commodities when you don’t have to? More than likely, even if they won’t say so in right away, this was reason number one they made the move.