PHILADELPHIA, PA - APRIL 11: Starting pitcher Jose Fernandez #16 of the Miami Marlins delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on April 11, 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)
The Miami Marlins haven’t had a lot to count on the last two years, but one thing that has been constant has been the phenomenal pitching of second-year ace Jose Fernandez inside the friendly confines of Marlins Park.
Fernandez will try to up his record to 11-0 at home, and based on his recent performances, that looks very likely. Fernandez has taken his game to another level after winning Rookie of the Year honors last season.
This year, Fernandez has put up a 3-1 record and has struck out 24 batters in his last two games while also allowing zero walks. Fernandez has 47 strikeouts to just six walks on the season and has a 1.99 ERA in 2014.
Fernandez’s pitches mainly hang on a fastball and curveball, but he gets plenty of work out of those pitches. He throws strikes on 63.9 percent of his fastballs and his curveball results in strikes 69.7 percent of the time, according to Pitch F/X.
And Fernandez varies the velocities about as well as any pitcher going from roughly 96.5 miles per hour on his fastball all the way down to 82.5 miles per hour on his curveball, according to Pitch F/X.
Overall, Fernandez is allowing opponents to hit just .195 and has posted a WHIP of 0.97. Looking at his career, according to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Fernandez has pitched 117.2 innings at home and allowed just 14 earned runs, an ERA at home of 1.07.
Luckily for the Marlins, they are coming home after posting a 2-10 record in road games this season. The Marlins will play the next nine games at home and will start the home stand with Fernandez on the mound.