Stephen Fife (0-0, -.--) vs. Jose Fernandez (4-1, 1.59).
The Dodgers aren't the only team with an energetic Cuban. Today they face the red-hot Fernandez. How good is he? From ESPN Stats & Info:
The 1.00 [home] ERA is the lowest for a pitcher in his first 19 career home starts in the last 100 years. The previous low was Vida Blue’s 1.28 (1969 to 1971).
And this from Jayson Stark:
Fernandez actually had a higher batting average last season (.220) than the hitters who faced him (.182). But as that shouting match with [Brian] McCann last year illustrated, Fernandez's flamboyance has been known to light an occasional fire in the other dugout. So his teammates often have some explaining to do -- that their ace doesn't mean any harm. He merely has only one speed on his transmission.
So, I'm not confident about today's game — but you never know what might happen. That's why they play the games, as they say.
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