Jose Fernandez's goal this season: 1.95 ERA

Jose Fernandez has high expectations for himelf this season.
Jose Fernandez has high expectations for himelf this season. (USATSI)

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Marlins phenom starter Jose Fernandez won the NL Rookie of the Year last season. Among many other impressive numbers, he sported an outstanding 2.19 ERA -- second in the NL only to Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw.

The goal this time around is still pretty lofty. From

Jose Fernandez calmly said, "My goal this year is to have a 1.95 ERA." There.

Oh, 1.95? Well, of course? Why not? Why not 1.90?

"I think I can," Fernandez said with an earnestness that is delightful and disarming. His response to his listener's somewhat incredulous reaction was an incredulous reaction of his own, as if to say "What, you don't think I can?"

I'm definitely not going to count him out. Keep in mind the incredible leap Fernandez made last season. Not only was he a rookie, he would've been new to Double-A. In 2011, Fernandez made one start in Rookie Ball and one start in Low-A. In 2012, he started 14 games in Class-A and 11 games in High-A.

And last year he leapt all the way to the majors at just 20 years old, making the incredibly rare jump past both Double-A and Triple-A. And he went out and dominated the NL, finishing third in Cy Young voting behind established aces Kershaw and Adam Wainwright.

Oh, and Fernandez is also a wizard, just ask Troy Tulowitzki:

So, yeah, I'm not gonna count him out on any goal he sets.

CBS Sports Writer

Matt Snyder has been a baseball writer with CBS Sports since 2011. A member of the BBWAA, he's now covered the last six World Series beginning with the epic 2011 Fall Classic. The former Indiana University... Full Bio

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