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NL Player Of The Week: Jose Fernandez – Marlins
- Updated: June 27, 2016
The Miami Marlins are playing winning baseball and one reason is that their Ace Jose Fernandez is back in full form and pitching lights out baseball.
In 2013, he started his professional career, with an All-Star appearance after finishing 12-6, with a 2.19 ERA, and 187 strike outs in 172.2 innings.
But in 2014, after starting eight games to begin the season, the Cuban native suffered a blow when he underwent Tommy John surgery on his pitching arm.
In 2015, he returned in July and won six of his ten games before losing his last game on the season as he finished 6-1, with a 2.92 ERA, and 79 strike outs in 64.2 innings.
On April 6, 2016, Fernandez struck out 13 batters in 5.2 innings to start the year, but took the loss. Since then he is 10-2, and has become a dominate force once again on the mound.
Over the past week spanning, June 20-26, Fernandez started in two games, winning one, while pitching 14 innings, allowing one run on five hits, with five walks and 20 strike outs.
In his first start of the week, he threw seven shutout innings, giving up just one hit, but Marlins wasted his strong performance as they dropped the game, 3-2 to the Atlanta Braves.
On Sunday night against the Chicago Cubs, who own the best record in baseball, the Marlins Ace threw another solid outing, as he tossed another seven strong innings mixing up his pitches from his 85 MPH tantalizing curve ball, to throwing pure heat with his 95 MPH fastball.
On this night he and the Marlins were good enough for the 6-1 victory improving their record to 41-35, tying them with the New York Mets for second place in the NL east and just three games behind the first place Washington Nationals.
Good things are happening for the Marlins this season and one great thing is their Ace is back and ready for the challenge.
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