Miami Marlins‘ right-handed Rookie of the Year candidate pitcher Jose Fernandez was on the verge of a no-hitter Friday night against the Washington Nationals. The innings limit that manager Mike Redmond had set on Fernandez had no bearing on the pitcher, who was lurking on a no-hitter before it was broken up in the sixth inning.
The important question heading into final start of Fernandez is whether or not he will have an innings limit as he creeps closer to the 170-innings-pitched mark. Currently, he has totaled 165.2 innings in 27 starts. Fernandez also is 11-5 with a 2.23 ERA with 182 strikeouts. He is also on the verge of capturing the National League Rookie of the Year award with his dominating performances this season.
Since Fernandez did not go the nine innings, Redmond is going to give him one more start on Sept. 11 against the Atlanta Braves. It will be a revenge game of sorts for Fernandez because the Braves edged the Marlins in a close one in Fernandez’s first career start against Atlanta. It will be up to Fernandez to seal the deal.
This will be the Marlins’ final series against the Braves wrapping the games up at home. The Marlins have the New York Mets, Philadelphia Phillies twice, the Nationals and Detroit Tigers left on the schedule as the season nears its end. There is a lot of hope for this Miami team even though it was a tough year. Fernandez is the brightest light on the team this year.