Miami Marlins starting pitcher Jose Fernandez was very excited to travel to Pennsylvania this weekend. Not because he was going to get a chance to pitch against the talented Philadelphia Phillies, but the fact that he was finally going to get to meet his idol, starter Cliff Lee.
“I told him, ‘I don’t know why you’re my favorite pitcher because we don’t have the same stuff,’ ” Fernandez told the Miami Herald. “And he was looking at me like, ‘Yeah, you’re right.’ He goes about his business, doesn’t care about anything else. I just like the way that he pitches.”
Miami has limited how many pitches Fernandez is allowed to toss in a game because they do not want the 20-year-old to overexert himself. There is no question he is the present and future star of the Marlins, which means they have to keep an eye on him. The most pitches Fernandez has thrown in a single game this season occurred in his second start of the year when he tossed 85 in six innings.
With that being said, Fernandez and Miami both hope that he will be as talented as Lee in the near future. Also, Fernandez would like to be able to finish games just as Lee is able to do. The 34-year-old has recorded 26 complete games in his 11-year career. More importantly, he is 127-80 with a 3.59 earned run average.
Miami has decided that they will allow Fernandez to start pitching deeper into games as long as he has the stamina to do so. Tossing over 90 pitches in a single contest is a good number to shoot for in his next start, which will occur Saturday night against the Phillies.
Fernandez is 0-2 with a 4.50 ERA and 23 strikeouts in five starts this season.