The Phillies Will Face Jose Fernandez Friday Night — Appreciate It

The Phillies are on a four-game losing streak and are coming off of a series sweep at the hands of the Milwaukee Brewers. Just about everything that could go wrong did go wrong. The defense was awful, as 10 of the 52 runs the Phillies have allowed this season have been unearned. The bullpen has been unreliable, posting an aggregate 5.40 ERA. Even the offense has disappeared, with the Phillies averaging 3.25 runs per game during their losing streak.

There’s plenty of frustration among Phillies fans and those in the media and it’s unlikely to be squelched tonight when the Phillies open up a three-game set with the Florida Marlins because Jose Fernandez will be on the mound.

The Marlins drafted Fernandez out of high school with their first round pick (14th overall) in the 2011 draft. He made his Major League debut on April 7 against the Mets last season and hasn’t looked back. In 30 career big league starts, the 21-year-old has a 2.09 ERA, a 3.00 xFIP and 3.05 SIERA, and a 28 percent strikeout rate with an eight percent walk rate. In his first two starts of 2014, he has allowed one run in 12 2/3 innings with 17 strikeouts and two walks.

He’s scary, and he’s probably going to dominate the Phillies, though stranger things have happened. Just look at the movement on some of the pitches he threw in his last start against the Padres:

Fernandez is one of the best pitchers in baseball right now and he’s a lot of fun to watch. While you’re throwing beer bottles at your TV and heckling the Phillies tonight, take a minute to appreciate the guy on the mound, because if he can stay healthy, he’s going to be really good for a long time.

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  1. Tom

    April 11, 2014 11:11 AM

    They’re due for an inexplicable 10 run game. It’s coming…maybe not tonight but it’s coming.

    • Duane

      April 11, 2014 10:30 PM

      You were closer to right than wrong.

  2. Mark66

    April 11, 2014 12:26 PM

    The season is over. This Team CAN NOT hit consistently. This Team CAN NOT pitch consistently and CAN NOT field consistently. This Team is Howard X 9. Howard plays like an old 40 year old player. Get rid of him, platoon him or play him sparingly. But the need to start over starts with the FRONT OFFICE. They have made so many monster mistakes we need a FRESH NEW look with someone who cares about the FANS. Attendance is already way off and will continue to go down. The $$$ is there we just need someone who CARES. Heh, the Yankees spend but they win very consistently. The Phils need to take a page out of the Yankees and how they build. The people in the front office now just DON’T get it.

  3. TomG

    April 11, 2014 03:08 PM

    Even though, because it’ll be the Phillies facing him tonight, I’m hoping Fernandez has a meltdown and they score 10 off him, he really is fun to watch. Not just his pitching, which is amazing enough. But how much fun he seems to be having all the time. I think one of my favorite highlights from last year was when Tulo hit a screaming line drive back through the box and Fernandez threw his glove up and plucked it from the air like a ninja. Tulo missed his catching the ball and you could see the qizzical look on his face as he asked, “Did you catch that?” And Fernandez walked off the field with a shit-eating smirk on his face saying, “Yes, I did!”

    • Francisco

      April 11, 2014 09:29 PM

      We’ll I’m appreciating it.

    • dante

      April 12, 2014 12:07 PM

      Eat cereal, Baer.

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