The Marlins announced Sunday morning that righty Jose Fernandez will be the Opening Day starter against the Colorado Rockies on March 31 at Marlins Park.
It’s an unsurprising call — more of a formality — considering he’s the reigning National League Rookie of the Year and Cy Young finalist who went 12-6 with a 2.19 ERA (second-lowest in MLB).
Fernandez’s 2013 was cut short by an innings limit. He last pitched Sept. 11 in a win over the Atlanta Braves. Fernandez did not lose a game at home in 15 starts, going 9-0 with a 1.19 ERA.
The 21-year-old tossed two scoreless innings against the St. Louis Cardinals during Friday’s Grapefruit League opener. Fernandez next starts Wednesday in a split-squad game against the New York Mets in Port St. Lucie.
"It felt like Opening Day," Fernandez said after his start on Friday. "It feels good to feel like that in the first spring training game. Even though I’m obviously on the team, but I’m still going out there and trying to do the best I can and work to get better."