Fernandez has passed away following a boating accident, Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald has confirmed.
Details regarding the cause of the accident have not been revealed, but it's a sad day for baseball.
Fernandez's next start has been pushed to Monday against the Mets, the Miami Herald's Clark Spencer reports.
This move will afford Fernandez an extra day of rest while opening up a rotation spot for Adam Conley to return from the DL on Sunday. Assuming the Marlins don't shut Fernandez down after Monday's start, he'll line up for a two-start week next week with a final start coming next weekend against the Nationals.
Fernandez (16-8) threw eight brilliant innings Tuesday against the Nationals, striking out 12 while allowing just three hits and no runs.
Fernandez carried a one-hitter into the eighth inning Monday, earning his 16th win of the year. The Marlins needed every bit of the stellar start, as their offense mustered just three hits and one run against Tanner Roark and the Nationals. Fernandez now has 253 strikeouts in 182.1 innings on the year, trailing only Max Scherzer. That represents nearly a threefold increase over the 64.2 innings he threw last year after returning from Tommy John surgery midseason, so there is some concern the Marlins will shut down their ace to avoid risking injury now that they have been officially eliminated from playoff contention.
Fernandez (15-8) pitched seven innings, allowing four runs on six hits and two walks while striking out three Braves in Wednesday's win.
It wasn't vintage Fernandez, but the 24-year-old gave his team seven solid innings. The Marlins' ace didn't lock in until the third frame after allowing a single to Freddie Freeman. Matt Kemp then blistered a line drive that Dee Gordon snared at second, and he was able to double-up Freeman at first. From there, Fernandez didn't allow another hit all night. Entering the night, Fernandez led the majors with a 12.8 K/9, but he finished with just three Wednesday, marking the first time in 28 starts he had fewer than five strikeouts.
Fernandez (14-8) threw seven innings of shutout ball Friday, picking up a win and spoiling Clayton Kershaw's return to the Dodgers. He allowed three hits and three walks striking out 14.
Though Kershaw's return was the story of the night, Fernandez stole the spotlight and again showed why he is a top-flight fantasy starter. After being touched up for six earned runs in his last start, the Marlins ace struck out 14 batters, tying a career high, in a dominating performance against the Dodgers. He now has 238 strikeouts on the season to go with a 2.90 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP. His 167.1 innings thrown remain a concern, but it appears he will continue to start as long as Miami is in the playoff hunt.
Fernandez's season could be cut short out of Wild Card contention, the Marlins' official site reports.
Fernandez has already pitched 160.1 innings this season and the club would like to cap his workload a year removed from Tommy John surgery. Miami has a plan in place should the team continue the push for the playoffs but manager Don Mattingly indicated that the club may shut him down if they continue to slip. For now, Fernandez will continue to start normally, with his next scheduled outing coming Friday against the Dodgers and their ace, Clayton Kershaw.
Fernandez (13-8) was torched for seven runs in 5.2 innings by Cleveland on Saturday, surrendering 12 hits and two walks while striking out five.
This disastrous outing was the latest iteration of the inconsistencies that have plagued Fernandez's 2016 season. After not allowing a run in his previous two starts, he was shelled early and often Saturday night, while his season ERA ballooned to 3.09. The task of proving himself to be a consistent top-flight starter this season has been challenging.
Fernandez blanked the Mets for six innings on Monday, allowing three hits, walking four, and striking out six in the no-decision.
Fernandez has now tossed 13 shutout innings over his last two starts, striking out 15 in the process. The righty now has 219 strikeouts for the season, behind just Max Scherzer in the Major Leagues. Fernandez will carry a 2.79 ERA into his start Saturday against Cleveland.
Fernandez (13-7) threw seven scoreless innings and allowed six hits and two walks while striking out nine and earning the win against the Royals on Wednesday.
Fernandez bounced back from his shortest outing of the season his last time out, dominating the Royals on Wednesday and chipping in with a pair of hits himself. With the start, Fernandez snapped out of a recent rough stretch in which he posted a 6.00 ERA over his last four starts, dropping his ERA to 2.91 on the season. Fernandez continues to mow down hitters at a historic rate, and his 12.9 K:9 rate would be the third best single-season K:9 rate among qualifying starting pitchers in MLB history. He also set the Marlins' record for strikeouts in a season Wednesday, now with 213. Fernandez will take the hill next against the Mets on Monday.
Fernandez (12-7) pitched four innings and allowed five runs on seven hits while striking out six and walking one during Thursday's loss to the Reds.
Fernandez's ERA shot up over three to 3.05 after Thursday's drubbing. It was the phenom's shortest start of the season and his lowest strikeout total since May 31. Regardless, the 24-year-old is in the midst of another wonderful season and could have a shot at the Cy Young award.
Fernandez's next scheduled start will come Thursday against the Reds, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports.
The Marlins initially had Fernandez in line to take the hill for Friday's series opener against the Pirates, but the placement of starter Adam Conley (finger) on the DL forced the team to readjust its rotation. Fernandez probably gets a bit of an upgrade in matchup by taking on the last-place Reds rather than a more competitive Pirates squad, but the outing will still come on the road, where the Marlins ace hasn't been nearly as dominant this season. Over 55 innings on the road, Fernandez has a 3.93 ERA.
Fernandez said that the next start he will be missing will be his final start skipped this season, Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports.
The Marlins have been limited innings for Fernandez, but it looks like they are ready to take the training wheels off for the stretch run of the season. Currently the Marlins are the second wild card team, so Fernandez making all of his starts is crucial for the Marlins chances of making the playoffs. Fernandez will make his next start Monday or Tuesday for Miami.
Fernandez will not make a second start this week, presumably being pushed back to Monday or Tuesday in Cincinnati, the Miami Herald's Andre Fernandez reports.
The Marlins will take advantage of Thursday's off day to move Tom Koehler up to start Sunday, which will allow them to give their ace an extra day of rest. Fernandez has not been confirmed as Monday's starter against the Reds, and the Marlins could conceivably even push him to Tuesday and have David Phelps pitch on normal rest Monday. Unless they plan on skipping Fernandez altogether and calling up a starter from Triple-A, he should take the ball early next week.
Fernandez pitched well enough to win in a no-decision, allowing just one run over six innings against the Giants on Monday. He gave up six hits, walked two, and struck out six.
The 24-year-old has been so good that the six strikeouts are actually the least he's registered since his final start of May. Fernandez has already set a career high in strikeouts, with his 198 strikeouts tying him with Max Scherzer for the league lead. He'll look to continue his impressive season when he takes the mound Sunday against the White Sox.
Fernandez (12-6) allowed three runs on eight hits and two walks and struck out eight over six innings in a loss Tuesday to the Cubs.
Fernandez was nasty, as he induced 21 swinging strikes in 103 pitches, but the Cubs singled him to death -- the only extra-base hit he allowed was a leadoff triple from Dexter Fowler to open the bottom of the first. Fernandez has now struck out at least seven batters in every start since June, a span in which he owns a ridiculous 96:14 K:BB over 64 innings.
Jon Morosi of FOX Sports reiterated Friday that Fernandez's innings are likely to be restricted over the final two months of the regular season.
An innings limit for Fernandez has not been brought up at length for a while, but Morosi first reported in February that the Marlins would look to conserve Fernandez's innings with him coming off Tommy John surgery, and it's worth mentioning again given the team's expected trade for starters Andrew Cashner and Colin Rea. It's not clear exactly how the Marlins plan to cap Fernandez's innings -- and what the team's actual target is -- but he totaled 89.1 innings last year and has never thrown more than 172.2 innings in a season, which suggests it's unlikely he will reach the 200-inning mark. Fernandez sits at 125.2 innings through 20 starts in 2016.
Fernandez (12-5) gave up five runs on six hits and two walks while striking out nine over five innings in Thursday's loss to the Cardinals.
A pair of homers in the third inning and a two-run rally in the fifth ruined the electric righty's day, but he's still piling up the strikeouts at a nearly historic pace. With 184 whiffs in 125.2 innings, Fernandez is working on the third-highest strikeout rate by a starter in MLB history, not far behind Randy Johonson's 2001 and Pedro Martinez's 1999. He is, however, giving up hard contact at the highest rate of his career, so Fernandez is making a bit of a tradeoff in his quest for more whiffs. Other than the occasional dud like this one, though, it hasn't impacted his stats -- he still has a sterling 2.79 ERA.
Fernandez (12-4) allowed two runs on seven hits, struck out seven and walked two in seven innings during a victory over the Mets on Saturday.
The 23-year-old threw 78 of his 110 pitches for strikes, inducing 16 swing-and-misses. Fernandez now has at least seven strikeouts in eight straight outings, and he's only walked more than two in a start once during that time. Over his last three appearances, Fernandez is 2-0 with a 1.77 ERA, 29 strikeouts and four walks in 20.1 innings. He will look to keep it going in his next start Thursday versus the Phillies.
Fernandez took a no-decision Monday despite striking out 14 while holding the Phillies to two runs in 6.1 innings. He allowed four hits and walked two.
Fernandez has been fantastic this season. Since May 1, the righty has allowed more than two runs in just three starts, and in that period he's struck out double-digit batters six times. He'll carry a 2.53 ERA and 1.01 WHIP into his start Saturday against the Mets.
Fernandez was charged with one unearned run on six hits over seven innings in a win over the Reds on Friday. He struck out eight and did not issue a walk.
Taking advantage of a favorable matchup at home, Fernandez returned to form following a rare poor performance against Atlanta his last time out. The 23-year-old was excellent throughout the first half, ranking inside the top six in the NL in wins, strikeouts, ERA and WHIP. The question heading into the break is: how many innings does Fernandez have left after he tossed just 64.2 last year in his first season back from Tommy John surgery? Fernandez's agent, Scott Boras, and the team have discussed a limit, and while a firm cap was never disclosed, something in the 170-180 range seems likely.