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April 30, 2014

What You Need to Know

Jose Fernandez, All Over the Field

by Daniel Rathman


The Tuesday Takeaway
Jose Fernandez can do things on a baseball field that most pitchers can’t—or, in many cases, wouldn’t even dream of.

On the mound on Tuesday night, he fired eight scoreless innings against the Braves for the second consecutive start. It was the fifth 24-out effort of the right-hander’s young career, and the first in which he struck out fewer than 10 batters. For Fernandez—whose breaking ball has its own nickname—the nine-whiff, eight-punchout night ranks as unspectacular.

But the 21-year-old’s contributions in Tuesday’s 9-0 rout went far beyond the hill.

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