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Two starts left for Felix Hernandez – they shouldn’t be missed

Post by Ryan Divish on Sep. 29, 2009 at 3:30 pm with No Comments »
September 29, 2009 3:41 pm

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Felix Hernandez will make the first of his two remaining starts this season and further his campaign for this year’s AL Cy Young award. Do I think he’s going to win it? If we had to vote today, I’d say no. But two dominant starts could change the voters’ minds.

So I can’t think of a better reason to come to the ballpark. Yes its going to be a bit nippy. It’s cool already. Yes it’s the Oakland A’s, and they aren’t exactly packing a lot of starpower. But you know what that means? No obnoxious opposing fans (like the Red Sox or Yankees) and plenty of available seating – close 29,000 seats available.

As I wrote a few months back, – when I was covering the team on a more frequent basis, Felix should be must see viewing as a Mariners fans. Something magical, memorable or historic can happen anytime he takes the mound.

The first is tonight against the Oakland A’s (75-81), who have played better of late.

Here’s who he’ll be facing and what they are hitting against him.

  1. Adam Kennedy — .111 (1-9), 2 Ks
  2. Rajai Davis — never faced him
  3. Ryan Sweeney — .143 (2-14), 3 Ks
  4. Kurt Suzuki — .333 (2-6)
  5. Jack Cust — .238 (5-21), 2 HRs, 11 Ks
  6. Daric Barton — .417 (5-12), 3 Ks
  7. Mark Ellis — .323 (10-31), 7 Ks
  8. Eric Patterson — .000 (0-2)
  9. Cliff Pennington — .000 (0-5)

A few other Felix notes from today’s game notes.

  • In his last start, he recorded W#17 in Mariners 5-4 victory at Toronto on Sept. 24… tossed 5.0 scoreless innings, before allowing a 3-R HR to V. Wells in the 6th… also allowed a run in the 8th…struck out a season-high 11 batters (3rd career start with 11 or more K’s, last 12 on 4/2/07 vs. OAK)and also recorded his 800th career strikeout.
  • He is 4-0 with a 1.15 ERA (5 ER, 39.0 IP) in 5 starts in September…since Aug. 1 is 6-1 with a 1.94 ERA (17 ER, 79.0 IP).
  • Felix among AL leaders, ranks 2nd in ERA (2.49), 1st in quality starts (27), T2nd in opponents batting avg. (.229), 4th in strikeouts (207), 7th in strikeouts/9.0 IP (8.30), T2nd in wins (17), T3rd in games started (32) and T3rd in innings pitched (224.1)…is the only AL pitcher to rank in the top 4 in the three “Triple Crown” pitching categories (W-ERA-SO).
  • Hernandez has recorded a quality start in 22 of his last 23 starts, going 13-2 with a 1.93 ERA (36 ER, 167.2 IP) since May 24…had string of 11 consecutive quality starts (May 24-July 22), tied with Tim Lincecum for the longest streak in the Majors this season…was also tied for the 3rd-longest quality start streak in club history: Erik Hanson, 14 (1990-91); Erik Hanson, 13 (1992-93), Mark Langston, 11 (1988-89).
  • He recorded his 200th strikeout of the season on Sept. 24 at TOR…is just the 5th Mariners pitcher (done 13x) to record at least 200 strikeouts in a single season, ranking 12th on the Mariners single season K’s list.
  • In 10 no-decisions, has a 2.15 ERA (16 ER, 67.0 IP) and received only 2.28 runs of support per game.
  • Allowed a season-high 7 runs 7/27 vs. TOR to snap career-high 7G winning streak…first loss since May 19…allowed 4, 2-out runs in 6th.
  • Leads the AL with 8 starts of at least 7.0 shutout innings…has pitched at least 7.0 innings in 22 of 36 starts, 3rd most in the Majors.

Here’s the lineup that will be supporting him..

  1. Ichiro RF
  2. Gutierrez CF
  3. Lopez 2B
  4. Griffey DH
  5. Beltre 3B
  6. Carp 1B
  7. Hall LF
  8. Johnson C
  9. Jo. Wilson SS
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