Instead of being let down if the Miami Marlins‘ reigning NL Rookie of the Year Jose Fernandez has a sophomore slump, fans should not expect anything from him. He is coming off a fantastic season with the club in 2013 where he went a ridiculous 12-6 with a 2.19 ERA, 187 strikeouts and a 5.8 H/9. Those numbers were crazy, but now that he has been in the league for a full season, the Cy Young award should not be on anyone’s mind.
The best thing to do when dealing with Fernandez in 2014 is to hope that he has solid outings. You cannot expect him to be dominant again. You want him to save his shoulder a bit since he is only going to be 22-years-old by the end of July this year. A solid year is the best thing to expect from the youngster. There is always a chance of the unexpected happening.
The Marlins are not going to lost 100 games again this season after making some good offseason moves. They brought in Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Rafael Furcal and Casey McGehee to fill the holes in the lineup. Fernandez will have a better pitching staff following him with Nathan Eovaldi, Jacob Turner and Henderson Alvarez finishing off the 2013 season on high notes.
If Fernandez does not do well, fans should not be up in arms. He is still very young and is learning the league as hie pitches. The 2014 season can go either way, and it is unfair to expect a Cy Young-caliber season from him again after only one year in the league.