We already know that Jose Fernandez can pitch, especially at the friendly confines of Marlins Park.
— MLB (@MLB) April 30, 2014
According to Elias, he is the fourth pitcher in baseball’s modern era (since 1900) to win his first 12 home decisions, joining LaMarr Hoyt (16), Johnny Allen (16) and most recently David Palmer (13 from 1979 to 1982). No other pitcher comes close to the 12 home wins he has racked up without a loss since the start of the 2013 season.
His stuff is just filthy.
And here is his 90MPH change-up, courtesy of PitcherGifs.
But apparently, Fernandez is also a ninja.
After getting into some trouble in the third inning by walking Tyler Pastornicky and yielding a double to Jason Heyward, Fernandez appeared to make it worse when Ramiro Pena hit a softie halfway down the third base line. It looks like Atlanta would get the game’s first run on the board, but then Fernandez pump-faked and, well, this:
Fernandez is now 4-1 on the year with a league-leading 55 strikeouts and 1.59 ERA.
“We have to figure out how to beat Fernandez,” Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said.
So does the rest of the league.