The Miami Marlins are off to a rough start, going 1-4 in their first five games. Though this isn’t totally unexpected, it is still disappointing to the extremely loyal fans the Marlins have left. Those fans will have a bone thrown their way when 20-year-old Cuban Jose Fernandez makes his big league debut on Sunday against the New York Mets at Citi Field.
The Marlins’ phenom has never pitched higher than Single A ball, so it is hard to know what to expect from him. He is facing a Mets team that has been hot to start off the season, scoring 32 runs in their first five games.
This wasn’t the plan when the season started, but things changed when two of the Marlins’ starters, Nathan Eovaldi and Henderson Alvarez, wound up with shoulder injuries. The desperate need for a starter management turned them to the gem of their farm system. We now will have to wait and see if the move pays off or blows up in their faces.
If nothing else, this should bring a few extra fans to Marlins Park when he makes his second start next week. The team has only two marketable players on the roster: Fernandez and Giancarlo Stanton. Don’t get me wrong, the park will still be mostly empty. However, if Fernandez can bring in an extra 1,000 fans, management should be happy.
Hopefully, Fernandez blows the Mets away and has a good rookie season. Marlins fans deserve something to cheer about after their owner traded away just about every good player this offseason. Let the rebuilding begin and let Fernandez be the foundation.