This is their last chance to see it for quite a while.
With the 21-year-old All-Star near a predetermined innings limit, the Marlins say his final start will come Wednesday night against the Atlanta Braves .
A likely-to-be spirited Miami crowd will include 30 of Fernandez's friends and relatives as the right-hander closes his case for NL Rookie of the Year honors.
"I'm looking at it like, 'I've got to go home already?'" he said. "It flew by."
Fernandez (11-6, 2.23 ERA) leads the majors in opponent batting average (.181) and ranks second in ERA. He has 182 strikeouts - easily the most among rookies - through 165 2-3 innings.
Miami set a 170-inning limit and is sticking to it even though he's remained dominant, not allowing a run in four of his past seven outings while posting a 0.98 ERA. His best performance may have come Friday, surrendering only an infield single in seven innings in a 7-0 win over Washington.
He'll remain with the team despite being relegated to the role of cheerleader.
"Really I was going to ask if I can be a bat boy for some games because I don't imagine myself just sitting in the dugout, I need to do something," Fernandez said. "I'm the guy that's always moving around."
The NL-worst Marlins (53-90) have 30 wins at home, with 12 coming in games Fernandez started. He's 8-0 with a 1.19 ERA in 14 home starts.
"(Jose) brings so much excitement to the ballpark and this team and you can just tell the guys really feed off of that," manager Mike Redmond said.
Fernandez's only loss in his last 10 outings came Aug. 30 in his lone start against the Braves (87-57). A two-run homer to Freddie Freeman was one of three hits he allowed in six innings, striking out eight in the 2-1 defeat.
Fernandez didn't face Evan Gattis , who has posted three straight two-RBI games with two homers, two doubles and a single. Gattis is hitting .414 with 10 RBIs in eight matchups with Miami this year.
It's unclear whether Justin Upton will play after leaving Atlanta's 4-3 win Wednesday with a bruised knee.
B.J. Upton replaced him after being out of the starting lineup for a second straight game along with Dan Uggla . Upton is hitless in 16 straight at-bats, Uggla is in a 5-for-60 slump and Atlanta's two highest-paid players are both batting below .200.
"You've got to go with whatever you think is best to win that day," manager Fredi Gonzalez told the Braves' official website.
Gonzalez will send Mike Minor (13-6, 3.06) to the mound. He has a 1.87 ERA in his last 10 road starts after giving up two runs and striking out nine in seven innings of a 2-1 loss at Philadelphia on Friday.
The left-hander has given up four runs in each of his three home starts against the Marlins this year, but he's yielded one run in 13 innings at Miami while going 1-0. He has a 1.50 ERA in his last four outings there.
Justin Ruggiano is 6 for 13 with two homers off Minor this season, and Giancarlo Stanton 's three hits in 16 career at-bats against him were all home runs. Stanton had an RBI double Tuesday after missing two games with a sore ankle.
The Braves have won the first two of this four-game set and are 21-5 at Miami since the start of 2011.
|September 10, 2013||Justin Upton||Day-to-Day||Bruised right knee|
|August 29, 2013||Justin Upton||Day-to-Day||Left hand injury|
|August 22, 2013||Jason Heyward||15-Day DL||Fractured right jaw|
|August 21, 2013||Brandon Beachy||15-Day DL||Right elbow inflammation|
|August 20, 2013||Justin Upton||Day-to-Day||Strained upper back|
|August 15, 2013||Tyler Pastornicky||15-Day DL||Torn left ACL - out for season|
|September 09, 2013||Jeff Mathis||Day-to-Day||Left game - bruised right thumb|
|September 08, 2013||Giancarlo Stanton||Day-to-Day||Left game - sore right foot and ankle|
|September 02, 2013||Henderson Alvarez||Day-to-Day||Left game - tight right hamstring|
|September 01, 2013||Giancarlo Stanton||Day-to-Day||Right ankle|
|August 19, 2013||Placido Polanco||7-Day DL||Concussion|
|August 19, 2013||Placido Polanco||7-Day DL||Concussion|
MIAMI (AP) -- Jose Fernandez was in no mood to celebrate when his marvelous rookie season ended with a victory Wednesday. Instead, he trudged through a quiet stadium hallway to seek out the Atlanta Braves so he could apologize for his behavior.
Fernandez pitched seven innings and hit his first major-league homer to help the Marlins to a 5-2 win. But he drew a rebuke from his manager for showboating, and engaged in a standoff with the Braves that cleared both benches and bullpens.
"I feel embarrassed," the 21-year-old Fernandez said. "I feel like I don't deserve to be here, because this isn't high school. This is a professional game. I made a mistake. I'm going to learn from it."
The game was the last of the season for the demonstrative Fernandez because he passed his 170-inning limit set by the Marlins. A top candidate for NL Rookie of the Year, he finished 12-6 with an ERA of 2.19, second-lowest in the majors behind only the Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw . He went 9-0 in 15 home starts.
But he wasn't happy with the way he finished.
"I had a good year, and it ends up like this," he said sheepishly. "I embarrassed a lot of people. It's just not right for the game. For sure I can promise 120 percent that that will never ever happen again. I won't show anybody up like that."
Leading 4-0, Fernandez became agitated in the sixth inning, when the Braves scored their only run off him on Evan Gattis ' home run. Fernandez reacted with a cocky grin, and the Braves let him know they didn't appreciate his expression.
"Somebody hits off him, and he smiles," Braves pitcher Mike Minor said. "It seems like you're not supposed to get a hit off of him."
Fernandez stared at the Atlanta bench muttering as he walked off the mound to end the inning, then waved his arms in agitation in the dugout.
When he homered a short time later, he stood admiring the hit before slowly starting into his trot. He spat as he rounded third base as third baseman Chris Johnson said something to him.
"He stood there for a while, and that's disrespectful to Mike," Johnson said. "That was bad."
As Fernandez crossed the plate, he traded words with catcher Brian McCann . Umpire Sam Holbrook stepped between them, and other players quickly joined the dispute.
Fernandez laughed as he was pulled away by teammates, and the crowd of 25,111 roared. Shoves were swapped but no punches were evident, and no one was ejected.
"I think he realized that he messed up," McCann said. "I think emotions got the best of him."
Fernandez agreed. He sought out McCann and Minor after the game.
"I said, `I'm really sorry, I'm embarrassed and that's something that won't ever happen again,"' Fernandez said. "McCann said, `Hey, man, you're a kid but you're in the big leagues. You need to do what big leaguers do."'
Marlins manager Mike Redmond said he talked with Fernandez after the game and was certain there would be no more showboating by the youngster.
"Tonight showed some immaturity on Josie's part," Redmond said. "Showing the other team up with a home run, that's not what we're doing here. We're 30-some games under .500. We don't have the right to be flashy or show anybody up."
The crowd had no problem with Fernandez's theatrics. When he slowly walked off the mound for the final time after the seventh, he removed his cap as fans gave him a standing ovation.
He allowed five hits and struck out five. Two relievers pitched the final two innings.
Miami's Giancarlo Stanton hit his 20th homer and drove in three runs off Minor (13-7), who allowed four earned runs in six innings.
Notes: Braves RF Justin Upton was back in the lineup after leaving Tuesday's game when he fouled a ball off his right knee. ... Hanging in the Marlins dugout near the bat rack was a team jersey, and on the back it read, "Never Forget 9/11." ... Marlins RHP Nathan Eovaldi is likely to be scratched from scheduled start Thursday against Atlanta because of back tightness. Rookie LHP Brian Flynn would take his place.