MLB Top 3: Monday starters who excel at night
With all of Monday's action taking place under the lights, the focus is on starters who turn it up when the sun goes down.
Here is a look at three pitchers to consider if you're looking for strong evening performances:
Jose Fernandez, Miami Marlins (8-5, 2.45 ERA)
Considered by many to be the top National League rookie of the year candidate, Fernandez has been most dominant in the evening. The 21-year-old is 6-1 with a 1.97 ERA and 91 strikeouts in 87 night innings, compared to a 2-4, 3.25 mark during the day.
The Marlins host the Los Angeles Dodgers for a four-game series beginning Monday.
Chris Tillman, Baltimore Orioles (14-3, 3.70 ERA)
As his record may suggest, Tillman has been strong no matter what time of day he takes the hill. His night starts, however, have been especially impressive: he's 11-1 with a 3.47 ERA in the evening, while posting a 3-2 record with a 4.46 ERA in the afternoon.
The Orioles entertain the AL East-rival Tampa Bay Rays for a three-game set starting Monday.
Jordan Zimmermann, Washington Nationals (14-6, 3.02 ERA)
Zimmermann's performances have been night and day (pardon the pun), depending on what time it is. The 27-year-old is 12-2 with a 2.59 night ERA, and just 2-4 with a pedestrian 4.28 ERA in afternoon starts.
The Nationals visit the Chicago Cubs for a four-game series opening Monday.