The Washington Nationals’ chase to the playoffs were dealt another blow when Miami Marlins starting pitcher Jose Fernandez turned in a one-hit bid through seven innings.
Rotoworld recaps the 21-year-old’s fantastic night:
The phenomenal young right-hander fanned nine while walking two in the game. An infield single by pinch-hitter Zach Walters in the sixth inning was the only blemish on Fernandez’s evening. He’s exceeded even the most optimistic of expectations this season, posting an 11-6 record, 2.23 ERA, 0.97 WHIP and 182/55 K/BB ratio over 165 2/3 innings. He’ll make his final start of the season at home against the [Atlanta] Braves next week.
Why is his final start already next week? Fernandez has a cut-off of 170 innings this season, which he will easily reach next week assuming he doesn’t have a disastrous start. Either way, he still wouldn’t be pitching again after that start.
The Nationals now fall to 3-4 in their last seven games. They don’t have a realistic chance to overtake the Braves being down 14 games in the National League East. Currently, they sit 7.5 games back in the Wild Card race, behind the St. Louis Cardinals, Cincinnati Reds, and Arizona Diamondbacks.