Thursday, June 21, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Ex-Alonso High standout Jose Fernandez is hot

The kid's all right

In case you haven't noticed — and it involves the Marlins, so why would you? — Jose Fernandez is on fire. The former Alonso High star continues to put himself among baseball's elite. Monday night, the Miami right-hander allowed two hits and a walk and struck out eight over eight innings in a 4-0 win over the Padres. He joined Tampa native Dwight Gooden (Mets, 1984, vs. Expos) and Kerry Wood (Cubs, 1998, vs. Astros) as pitchers 20 or younger to strike out at least 10 in a game with no more than two hits and one walk allowed. Fernandez (5-4, 2.72 ERA, 94 strikeouts), who turns 21 on July 31, should have two starts left before the All-Star break. If he continues his dominance, he would have a strong shot at making the All-Star team. If he got in the game, he'd be the fifth younger than 21 to pitch in an All-Star Game and first since 19-year-old Gooden in 1984. A look at how hot Fernandez has been:

April-May June-July

Record2-3 2-1

ERA 3.78 1.67

Walks and hits per inn. 1.24 0.93

Strikeouts per 9 inn. 8.9 8.9

Walks per 9 inn. 3.6 3.1

Source: ESPN Stats & Info

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