The Miami Marlins defeated the San Diego Padres 3-0 Saturday night, earning another series victory to start the season. Of course, anchoring two of Miami’s four wins is right-handed pitcher Jose Fernandez. Fernandez won his 11th straight decision at home and his second win of the 2014 season. Although his performances were good, he is going to get a real test against division opponents coming up.
The Colorado Rockies and Padres are not cookie cutter teams in the majors, but they do not offer the same challenges as the teams which Fernandez could potentially face toward the middle of April. As the series against San Diego ends Sunday, the Marlins hit the road to take on the Washington Nationals in the middle of next week and the Philadelphia Phillies next weekend. Although Fernandez will not get to face Washington this week, he will face Philadelphia.
The Phillies are not the best team in the league, but since it is his first NL East game of the year, Philadelphia should be raring and ready to face him. The week after, Fernandez will get to take on the Nationals at Marlins Park to try and continue his home winning streak. By the last full week of the month, the Marlins are on the road to take the Atlanta Braves.
The schedule only gets harder for Fernandez, which should be able to prove his durability.
Fernandez is 2-0 and is a big reason why Miami is off to a hot start. Eight more strikeouts and a shutout Saturday commences the Cy Young whispering already.