Braves' Wood, Marlins' Fernandez set to duel again on Tuesday night

Associated PressApril 28, 2014 

Can the sequel possibly top the original?

When Miami's Jose Fernandez and Atlanta's Alex Wood faced each other Tuesday night, they combined to strike out 25 hitters -- with no walks -- in eight innings. The 21-year-old Fernandez fanned 14, allowing only three hits in a 1-0 win for the Marlins.

The same two pitchers -- both sporting ERAs under 2.00 -- will be on the mound Tuesday night when Miami hosts the Braves.

"You know it's going to be a low-scoring ball game, so you know what you've got to do," Wood said after last week's loss. "You've got to bring your best."

Of course, baseball can be unpredictable, so perhaps the hitters will make the necessary adjustments for the rematch?

"You just never know," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "I've seen situations where you think you've got a great matchup and then both starters are out by the third inning."

Fernandez highlights an impressive group of young pitchers -- all born in the 1990s -- who have shown plenty of potential through the first few weeks of the season. That group includes Wood, Martin Perez of Texas, Julio Teheran of Atlanta, Yordano Ventura of Kansas City and Michael Wacha of St. Louis.

With young arms like that all over baseball, no wonder strikeouts keep increasing.

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