Jose Fernandez named NL Pitcher of the Month for April
MAY 05, 2014 3:24p ET
In Miami Marlins ace Jose Fernandez's eyes, any personal achievement extends to the rest of the ballclub.
Fernandez was voted National League Pitcher of the month for April on Monday afternoon before the Marlins hosted the Mets for a three-game series.
Miami won five of its past six games against 2013 postseason teams Atlanta and Los Angeles.
''It means a lot and the way we're playing is just even better,'' Fernandez said. ''Like I told (catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia), this is his accomplishment, this is the team's accomplishment, this is the coaches' accomplishment. I'm just excited. Getting back to work again and four days get ready to do what I do.''
Fernandez went 4-1 with a 1.59 ERA and 55 strikeouts over six March/April starts. Opponents posted just a .174 average, and his 12.48 strikeouts-per-9 innings ranked second among NL starters, behind Stephen Strasburg (14.03).
The reigning NL Rookie of the Year earned monthly honors last July and August for first-year players. He finished 12-6 with a 2.19 ERA, second-lowest in the majors.
''What can you really say about that month he had?'' manager Mike Redmond said. ''It was unbelievable. Everybody right at the beginning of the year was wondering how this guy's going to do his second season, and he pretty much answered that.''
On Sunday in his first start of the new month, the 21-year-old allowed three runs (two earned) over seven innings with 10 strikeouts.
Fernandez became the first pitcher in Marlins history to allow fewer than three earned runs in 20 consecutive home starts. He is also the second pitcher overall in the last century to achieve that feat.
His 25 2/3 scoreless innings streak was snapped during the outing, and he issued four walks. Not one to rest on his laurels, the 2013 NL Cy Young finalist always sees room for improvement.
''Maybe walks. That's my personal thing,'' said Fernandez, who walked 12 batters over 39 2/3 March/April innings. ''I'm not really happy about it, but hopefully we can work on it.''
Still, Redmond was proud of how his ace competed against one of baseball's top lineups that ''made him work hard.''
Despite not putting together his best performance, Fernandez kept the team in the game with a chance to win -- which it did with Jeff Baker's walk-off RBI double in the ninth.
''It's something to add on to the way we're playing,'' Fernandez said. ''It's just amazing. Hopefully there are going to be a lot more individual accomplishments and a lot more team accomplishments.''