Near his limit, Jose Fernandez puts on best show of season
SEP 06, 2013 11:40p ET
For what it's worth,Jose Fernandez of the #marlins might be the best pitcher in baseball right now. Slam dunk NL ROY choice. Special talent.— Dan Plesac (@Plesac19) September 7, 2013
Fernandez now has pitched 165 2/3 innings in his rookie season. With the team's self-imposed limit at 170, that would seem to leave 4 1/3 innings for the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday.
"He will make that start," Redmond said. "We will probably gather, hopefully together, and figure out a a gameplan for exactly what's going to go on."
While it's hard to argue with the move, the Marlins will be shutting down a pitcher who has been pitching the best he has all season.
Redmond noticed a change in the Cuban kid immediately after the All-Star Game at Citi Field, where Fernandez pitched a perfect inning with two strikeouts.
"That was huge for him and his confidence," Redmond said. "To be able to pitch in that game and, in his mind, maybe took him to the next level 'Hey, I can compete and pitch against the best.' Because he's really gone back from that game and took it to another level."
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