by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (5/18/2013) Rays starting pitcher Roberto Hernandez was pulled after pitching to one batter in the third inning of Saturday's game against the Orioles. He finished the day after allowing five earned runs on eight hits, striking out one and walking none, but didn't receive the loss after his team rallied in the ninth inning.
It was the shortest outing of the season for Hernandez, who pitched at least six innings in six of his first seven starts. His next turn in the rotation comes Friday against the Yankees.
Roberto Hernandez pitches long enough to earn win
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (5/12/2013) Rays starting pitcher Roberto Hernandez improved to 2-4 after Sunday's 4-2 win against the Padres. The right-hander allowed two runs on five hits and two walks in six innings, while striking out four.
Hernandez had a 1-0 lead before the Padres tied the game in the fourth and took the lead in the fifth on a solo home by from Alexi Amarista. Hernandez has allowed two earned runs or fewer in three of his last four starts.
Hernandez is expected to start Saturday at Baltimore. He is 0-2 with a 5.25 ERA in two starts against Baltimore this season.
Roberto Hernandez has best outing with Rays
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (5/7/2013) Rays starter Roberto Hernandez, who had his last start wiped out by inclement weather, finished a strong outing Tuesday at home against Toronto. Unfortunately, the Rays' bullpen couldn't hold another lead.
Hernandez needed 103 pitches to allow just one earned run on five hits and a walk over six solid innings, but he settled for a no-decision despite leaving the game with a 4-1 lead. He struck out seven and his only mistake was allowing a solo homer to Adam Lind in the second. His ERA is at 4.66.
The 32-year-old had arguably his best outing with the Rays, as his record stands at 1-4. He's walked just one batter over his last two starts after allowing 10 free passes in his first four outings. Hernandez is slowly pitching better and he'll hope that continues when he next takes the mound Sunday against San Diego.
Rain, snow wipe out Roberto Hernandez's start
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (5/2/2013) Rays starting pitcher Roberto Hernandez, who endured a rough outing his last time out, turned in a decent effort before his outing was interrupted by inclement weather.
Thursday's contest between the Rays and the Royals was postponed due to rain and snow. Hernandez, who entered Thursday 1-4 with a 5.28 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP, surrendered one run and three hits in three innings of work. He struck out two and walked one on 42 pitches.
The Rays have yet announce their pitching plans for Hernandez. He is originally scheduled to start Tuesday at home against Toronto, barring any changes. The veteran right-hander is 1-1 with a 3.55 ERA in two starts at Tropicana Field.
Roberto Hernandez needs to remain calm under pressure
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (5/2/2013) Rays starting pitcher Roberto Hernandez takes the hill Thursday at Kansas City having lost four of his first five starts. He allowed at least four runs for the fourth time in his last start Friday against the White Sox and manager Joe Maddon said the veteran right-hander needs to slow down on the hill.
"When he's gotten hit a couple of times, he's speeding up a little bit, and the ball gets up in the zone," Maddon said, per MLB.com. "Because he has a tendency to want to over-boogie sometimes. To me, he's a classic example of a guy who could try easier, or try less, when it gets hotter. Don't try to throw harder, try actually to throw softer when things get hotter. And I think to this point, he's done the opposite of that, where he tries to do more. My point is, if he tried to do less, the ball would move more down and work to his benefit."
Roberto Hernandez serves up three homers in defeat
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (4/27/2013) Rays starter Roberto Hernandez was knocked around as he served up three long balls and suffered his fourth loss of the season during Friday's contest against the White Sox.
Hernandez (1-4), who made his fifth start of the season, gave up a solo home run to Hector Gimenez and a two-run shot to Tyler Greene in the fifth. He also served up a solo shot to Conor Gillaspie in the sixth and was charged with five runs and eight hits in six innings of work in a 5-4 defeat. He struck out five and did not issue a walk in 91 pitches, 63 strikes.
Hernandez has a 5.28 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP. He has allowed four runs or more in three of his first five starts. He'll try to bounce back Thursday at Kansas City. The 32-year-old is 2-3 with a 4.89 ERA in his last seven starts against the Royals.
Roberto Hernandez wins first with new moniker
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (4/21/2013) Rays starter Roberto Hernandez wasn't particularly sharp Sunday afternoon at home against the Athletics. He got the job done for the victory, though.
Hernandez walked three and hit a batter, but showed the ability to work himself out of jams consistently. He also struck out seven batters as he won his first decision since he was named Fausto Carmona.
Hernandez (1-3) gave up just one earned run on three hits over 103 pitches in the performance for his first win since September of 2011.
The 32-year-old lost each of his first three decisons on the year, but has struck out 25 batters through 24 2/3 innings and his WHIP is decent at 1.30. He's been better than his win-loss record would suggest and he'll get another opportunity to prove that in his next outing scheduled for Friday at the Chicago White Sox.
Roberto Hernandez already has three losses
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (4/16/2013) Rays starter Roberto Hernandez needed 112 pitches to get just one out into the sixth inning Tuesday night in Baltimore. Hernandez walked three batters and suffered the loss to drop to 0-3.
Displaying excellent stuff but poor command, Hernandez struck out seven batters. It wasn't enough, however, as he surrendered five earned runs on five hits and the three walks over his 5 1/3 innings for the loss. He gave up a solo homer to Matt Wieters in the second inning.
Hernandez has made three starts for the Rays and lost them all, though he doesn't seem too far from figuring it out. Manager Joe Maddon will stick with him for now, and he gets another start Sunday against Oakland.
Roberto Hernandez drops to 0-2
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (4/9/2013) Rays pitcher Roberto Hernandez got the start Tuesday in Texas. He appeared to be in for a nice night after his first two scoreless innings, but eventually came undone in the defeat.
Hernandez allowed the Rangers to plate two runs in each of the third, fifth and seventh innings as he gave up six runs -- five earned -- on eight hits and two walks over 6 2/3 innings to fall to 0-2 for the Rays. He struck out four and needed 113 pitches to get two outs into the seventh.
Hernandez, who won the No. 5 rotation spot over Jeff Niemann and should hold it for a while as Niemann is likely done for the year, has not looked sharp this season after two outings. He's allowed 10 runs -- nine earned -- over 13 1/3 innings with 11 Ks.
The former Fausto Carmona will look to win his first game as a member of the Rays in his next start scheduled for Monday at Boston.
Roberto Hernandez allows four runs in first start
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (4/4/2013) Rays starting pitcher Roberto Hernandez surrendered four earned runs on six hits and two walks in 6 2/3 innings during Thursday's 6-3 loss to the Orioles, striking out seven and throwing 105 pitches.
Hernandez, who won the final spot in the Rays' rotation despite a shaky spring, is scheduled to take on the Rangers in Texas in his second start of the year.
Roberto Hernandez ready to take the hill for the Rays
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (4/4/2013) Rays pitcher Roberto Hernandez will make his first start Thursday against the Orioles.
Hernandez, formerly known as Fausto Carmona, is the first free-agent pitcher to start for the Rays in 1,207 games. Manager Joe Maddon said he's looking for a lot of ground balls out of Hernandez, and believes Hernandez will have a strong season.
The 32-year-old only tossed 14 1/3 innings with the Indians last season, and is hoping to re-establish himself in the majors in 2013.
Don't fall for the Roberto Hernandez trap
by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer (3/29/2013) It's an objective fact that the Rays are astute at finding and fostering pitching talent. But they cannot be infallible, and Roberto Hernandez [insert Fausto Carmona joke here] will be their downfall.
Hernandez has been good exactly twice in his career, and "good" is a relative designation in Fantasy. Two seasons of sub-4.00 ERA and sub-1.30 WHIP hidden in an overall 4.64 ERA and accompanied by five seasons of 5.00-plus ERA do not make for a Fantasy stud. Plus, Hernandez has a career 1.43 WHIP and sports an unattractive 5.4 career K/9.
He also aged quite a bit from his Fausto days when his true identity was revealed, and is indirectly responsible for Chris Archer having to toil in the minors for an undertermined amount of time.
Please don't look at the Rays rotation and think, "Roberto Hernandez as their number three? I should add him to my team!"
Even if he does somehow manage a 3.80 ERA, you still won't get strikeouts. Consider a much safer Mark Buehrle-style option on your roster instead.
Roberto Hernandez wins spot in Rays' rotation
by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com (3/29/2013)Roberto Hernandez has won the fifth-starter spot in the Rays rotation, CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman reports.
Hernandez allowed a 5.33 ERA with 14 strikeouts against six walks in 27 spring innings. Although he allowed nearly twice as many runs as Jeff Niemann, his main competition for the role, Niemann struggled with velocity throughout camp and the Rays didnt' feel comfortable with him opening the season in the rotation.
Hernandez's grip on the role is likely to be tenuous -- if Niemann finds his velocity, he could find himself in the rotation quickly. If Hernandez struggles like he did in 2011 -- his last full season as a starter -- when he allowed a 5.25 ERA in 188.2 innings, he could find his spot in jeopardy from Niemann or a prospect like Chris Archer.
Roberto Hernandez out of rotation running?
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (3/26/2013) It appears that Jeff Niemann will slot into the final rotation spot for manager Joe Maddon and the Rays. That is because Roberto Hernandez struggled in his final spring start against Philadelphia Tuesday.
Hernandez allowed nine earned runs on 11 hits and a walk over six innings. He did not strike out a batter and allowed a two-run home run to Freddy Galvis in the fifth. His ERA is 5.33 on the Grapefruit League season, and he's likely to be the long man in the bullpen.
Rays No. 5 starter competition winding down
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (3/23/2013) Rays manager Joe Maddon expects to make his final decision on the final spot in the starting rotation by the middle of next week. He is choosing between Roberto Hernandez and Jeff Niemann, the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Hernandez has appeared in six spring games and has pitched to a 3.00 ERA over 21 innings with 14 strikeouts. Niemann has a 3.86 ERA over 18 2/3 innings with 14 Ks.
Every game 'important' to Roberto Hernandez
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (3/21/2013) Rays starting pitcher Roberto Hernandez, who is competing with Jeff Niemann for the final spot in the team's rotation, allowed a run on three hits in six innings Thursday against the Blue Jays. Hernandez's lone mistake was a solo homer to Colby Rasmus in the fifth inning. Hernandez struck out two. He has a 3.00 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and is holding opponents to a .213 batting average through six spring outings (five starts). He also has 15 strikeouts in 21 innings.
"Every game is very important for me, whenever I have an opportunity to go to the mound," Hernandez said to MLB.com. "Every pitch is important. Today I think [was a] great game, throwing strikes, keeping the ball down and getting some ground balls."
Rays manager postponing SP decision
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (3/21/2013) Rays manager Joe Maddon said Thursday a decision on the team's fifth starter likely won't happen after this turn through the rotation, according to the Tampa Bay Times.
Hernandez is 0-1 with a 3.60 ERA through five spring outings (four starts), while Niemann is 1-1 with a 2.13 ERA through five spring outings (three starts).
Rays, Twins rained out Wednesday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (3/20/2013) A minor-league game between the Rays and Twins scheduled for Wednesday has been rained out.
Matt Moore, who was scheduled to start for the Rays Wednesday, will pitch in a minor-league game Thursday instead. Roberto Hernandez will remain the Rays' starter for Thursday's matchup with the Blue Jays.
Roberto Hernandez with K per inning
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (3/16/2013) Rays' rotation long shot Roberto Hernandez took the hill for a start against the Red Sox on Saturday afternoon in Grapefruit League action. Hernandez lasted five full innings with five strikeouts.
Hernandez surrendered three runs -- two earned -- on six hits and one walk before being replaced by Jake McGee. His spring ERA is now 3.60 as he looks likely to land a spot in the rotation.
Hernandez upping his workload
(3/11/2013) Rays pitcher Roberto Hernandez made his longest start of the Grapefruit League on Monday night against the Twins. He allowed three runs (two earned) on five hits over four innings of work. Hernandez, who is competing for a spot in the rotation, also struck out three with no walks.
Hernandez with solid spring outing
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (3/5/2013) Tampa Bay rotation candidate Roberto Hernandez, formerly Fausto Carmona, had a solid afternoon against the Twins in Grapefruit League action on Tuesday. Hernandez pitched 2 2/3 hitless innings and allowed just one run which scored after he left the game. Hernandez walked two and struck out three during his time on the mound. He's now made three spring appearances with two runs and two hits allowed over six innings with four Ks.
Hernandez making his pitch
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (2/28/2013) Rays starting pitcher Roberto Hernandez stretched out to 2 1/3 innings in his second spring start Thursday against the Tigers. After throwing a scoreless inning in his debut Saturday, Hernandez allowed one run on two hits and two walks Thursday. He struck out one. His ERA stands at 2.70 after two starts.
Hernandez on mound for Rays
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (2/23/2013) Rotation candidate Roberto Hernandez opened the spring for the Rays on Saturday against Pittsburgh in Grapefruit League action. Hernandez got just one inning of work this early in the spring and it was a flawless inning for the starter. He was replaced by Jeff Niemann in the second.
Hernandez in the mix to start?
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (2/15/2013) Rays manager Joe Maddon told the Tampa Bay Times that starting pitcher Roberto Hernandez, formerly known as Fausto Carmona, will earn a shot for a spot in the starting rotation. "We will treat him as a starter right now," Maddon said. "If we choose to do something else, like with all the different candidates, then you would just do that later in camp. At the beginning we need to auger out innings as starters for a lot of guys. We'll treat him as a starter and then revert back."
Hernandez, Rays have a deal
by Al Melchior | Data Analyst (12/18/2012) The Tampa Bay Times reports that the Rays agreed to a deal with starting pitcher Roberto Hernandez on Tuesday. The pitcher formerly known as Fausto Carmona will receive $3.25 million plus incentives on a one-year deal. He will be expected to fill a swingman role, as his incentives kick in based on innings and relief appearance targets.