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July 29, 2013

What You Need to Know

Fearing Jose Fernandez

by Daniel Rathman


The Weekend Takeaway
From the beginning of the 1916 season through Saturday, only three pitchers had struck out 13 or more batters in a start while walking none before reaching the current legal drinking age: Gary Nolan, Kerry Wood, and Dwight Gooden, who did it twice. Now that club has a fourth member: Jose Fernandez, who will have something to celebrate when he turns 21 on Wednesday, and who opposing manager Clint Hurdle compared to Gooden after the game.

The 14th-overall pick in the 2011 draft, Fernandez opened eyes when he fanned eight Mets over five innings in his major-league debut and then blanked the Phillies through six two-hit innings in his second trip to a big-league mound. A couple of hiccups in late April and another in Tampa Bay on May 27, combined with the Marlins’ hopeless entrapment in the National League East cellar, served to take Fernandez off of most fans’ radars. But Sunday’s dominant outing, in which he outgunned the pitcher taken first overall in his draft class, should restore Fernandez’s place on the stage.

Not since Wood’s 20-strikeout one-hitter on May 6, 1998 had a pitcher on the young side of 21 done what Fernandez did in the series finale against the Pirates at Marlins Park. And while Fernandez came seven punchouts shy of striking out his age, he became just the third pitcher since 1916 to complete eight innings with at least 13 strikeouts on fewer than 100 pitches, joining Tim Lincecum and Ricky Nolasco in that even-more-exclusive club.

To notch his fifth consecutive quality start, Fernandez held the Pirates to five hits, four of them singles, while amassing the 13-to-0 K:BB ratio. He threw first-pitch strikes to 21 of the 28 batters he faced, and of the 11 non-strikeout outs he recorded, nine came on groundballs. Twenty-eight Pirates stepped into the box, and only seven hit the ball out of the infield.

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