Now he’s back and wants to put up even better stats come 2014 as Fernandez stated his goal for the 2014 campaign is to post a 1.95 ERA.
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?”
Any starter posting a season-long ERA of 2.50 is considered to be a high-level Cy Young type year, so to post a 1.95 ERA? That’s relatively unheard of.
Of course, Fernandez had no trouble mowing down batters last season, posting a 2.19 ERA during his rookie season – though he was shut down early and didn’t get a true full season in.
It’s one incredibly lofty goal, but he seems determined to do what he can to make it happen.