Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Last Night's Sweet Play

Sweet plays, to be precise. The Marlins' 21-year-old righthanded pitcher, Jose Fernandez, absolutely toyed with the Atlanta Braves, who came into the game with the second-best record in baseball. His counterpart, 23-year-old lefty Alex Wood of the Braves, took the loss despite giving up four hits, no walks, and striking out 11 in eight innings, as Miami won 1-0.

Fernandez gave up three hits, no walks, and struck out 14. The Braves whiffed at 26 of his 109 pitches (20% of his fastballs and 30% of his curveballs). Despite one lousy start in just five so far this season, he now has an ERA of 1.99 and WHIP of 0.92, both lower than his Rookie of the Year numbers from last year.

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