Two years ago today, Jose Fernandez took the mound for the last time against the Washington Nationals. The beloved Marlins’ pitcher would go on to pitch arguably the best game of his career. His stat line was: 8IP, 3H, 0R, 0ER, 0BB, and 12K. Just incredible.
The former Marlins’ ace was able to strikeout the first batter of his last inning but ran into trouble afterwards. Jose would give up back to back singles putting runners on second and third with one out.
Jose got a huge strikeout in Danny Espinosa but then had to face the best hitter in Washington’s lineup in Daniel Murphy.
Murphy was called off the bench to pinch hit for pitcher Tanner Roark. Murphy would go on to ground out to second basemen Dee Gordon on a 91 mph change-up. It was by far the most important out Fernandez got in his last appearance.
Fernandez was widely efficient that night throwing seventy four strikes and only thirty four balls. He mostly used his fastball throwing it for fifty five percent of his total pitches. His average velocity of his fastball that night was 96 mph.
Jose threw his slider and change-up for 23 percent each of his total pitch count. His average slider velocity was 85mph and I think we can all remember how nasty Jose’s slider was. His average changeup velocity was 88mph, sometimes that’s another pitcher’s fastball.
As sad as it is that Jose would go on to never pitch again, he left us the memory of arguably his best performance of his career. Jose did not leave us with a poor performance he left us with a performance that we could rewatch and remember how elite he was and how great he could’ve become.
Fernandez loved the game and the city of Miami. He was blessed and grateful to have had the opportunity to perform the best he could on the big league stage. Rest in peace to arguably one of the best Marlins to ever put on the uniform and one of the best human beings you could meet.