With just two starts left in his rookie season, Marlins rookie right-hander Jose Fernandez allowed just one hit in seven scoreless innings against the Nationals on Friday. He struck out nine, walk two and threw 94 total pitches. The only hit was a dinky little infield single that hugged the line and didn't roll foul in the sixth.
Last weekend we heard the Marlins are planning to shut Fernandez down following his start against the Braves next Wednesday. They are also planning to restrict him to 12 total innings in his final two starts, meaning he will be limited to just five innings against Atlanta.
Fernandez, 21, has a 2.23 ERA in 165 2/3 innings across 27 starts following his work on Friday. Only Cy Young favorite Clayton Kershaw boasts a better ERA (1.89) among qualified NL pitchers. Needless to say, his rookie season has been stellar.
Hernandez threw 134 innings across two levels of Single-A ball last summer, so the team is limiting him to 170 or so this year. He was a first round draft pick out of high school in 2011 and this is only his second full pro season.