Jose Fernandez had a monster night on Tuesday night in Atlanta, striking out 14 Atlanta Brave hitters, while shutting their offense down through seven innings. The 14 punchouts tied a career high for Fernandez, which he also did last season against the Cleveland Indians.
Jose Fernandez tossed 8 scoreless innings while allowing 3 hits, 14 strikeouts, and no walks. Over the course of this game we came to discover many things we already knew about Jose, namely that he is really good at pitching and that he may have the best curveball in the entire league. That curveball is lovingly referred to as "The Defector" by Marlins fans.
Christian Yelich has two streaks on the line when the Marlins face Atlanta tonight in the second game of this series. The Marlins leadoff hitter extended his career-long hitting streak to 15 games in the first inning on Monday with an infield single. He is hitting .381 during the streak with a .458 on base percentage.
In case you haven't noticed, there's a quite a former Marlins sharing their opinions on TV these days. Ryan Dempster will be the next one. He's been hired by the MLB Network as an analyst and will make his debut on TV Wednesday.
With a day off on Thursday and another coming up on Monday, the Marlins had the choice of either going with a four-man rotation this week or starting veteran long-reliever Kevin Slowey in Saturday's open slot against the Mets. They opted for the latter, a move manager Mike Redmond said Wednesday was all geared toward giving his young rotation an extra day of rest.
Last weekend Giancarlo Stanton became the second Marlin to be intentionally walked in every game of a series three games or longer as the Mariners gave the Marlins slugger the Barry Bonds treatment. But while Seattle manager Lloyd McClendon approached Stanton with the reverence once afforded Bonds, who received a ridiculous 120 free passes in one season, the Braves weren't been reluctant to challenge the Marlins' most dangerous hitter, who went 2 for 12 in this series.
Christian Yelich and Marcell Ozuna batting back to back in the Marlins' lineup always seemed to be in the cards. As the two outfielders rose through the Minor League ranks together, they hit first-second or second-third at nearly every stop.
Marlins right-hander Jacob Turner will throw 50-60 pitches in a rehab start for Class A Jupiter on Wednesday. Turner was placed on the 15-day disabled list on April 9 with a right shoulder sprain, retroactive to April 4.
Marlins reliever Carlos Marmol is day to day after suffering a right hamstring injury in the bottom of the seventh inning of a 3-1 loss to the Braves on Wednesday.
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Chicago pulled out all the stops Wednesday for one of baseball's most beloved and cherished ballparks. It truly is the Party of the Century at iconic Wrigley Field, which celebrated the 100th anniversary of its first Major League game.