While Jose Fernandez insists he's not back to his pre-injury form, the Miami Marlins right-hander is putting up numbers that haven't been seen in more than 40 years.
"I feel, I don't want to say like I was before, but I feel I've grown as a pitcher and a person," Hernandez said after an 11-strikeout effort in Wednesday's 5-3 victory at Arizona.
Hernandez allowed three runs over seven innings in his 40th career start - and fourth since returning from Tommy John surgery. That effort left the 22-year-old with a career 2.30 ERA, the third-lowest mark for a pitcher over his first 40 starts since 1920, according to Elias Sports Bureau.
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The last player to accomplish the feat was Vida Blue of the Oakland Athletics in 1971, when he won both the American League Most Valuable Player and Cy Young awards.
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