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New, improved Felix – and the lineup behind him

Post by Larry Larue / The News Tribune on June 17, 2012 at 11:46 am with 1 Comment »
June 17, 2012 11:46 am

The Seattle Mariners send out the ace of their staff today, armed with a slight mechanical change that may get him back to being his usual, dominant self.

Felix Hernandez will face the San Francisco Giants in the rubber match of this three-game series, and he’ll do it from a windup that will begin with him facing home plate. Video showed he’d drifted and begun his delivery while facing third base, which exagerated his turn.

“My turn is shorter and my pitches were down because my arm wasn’t hurrying to catch up with my body,” Felix explained.

Now, will it make a difference on the mound? We’ll see.

Behind Felix, the only significant lineup change is that Michael Saunders gets a day off, something he didn’t get often befoe Franklin Gutierrez was healthy.

Here’s Seattle’s lineup:

Ichiro   RF
Franklin Gutierrez    CF
Kyle Seager       3B
Jesus Montero         DH
Casper Wells          LF
Justin Smoak       1B
Miguel Olivo          C
Dustin Ackley      2B
 Brendan Ryan          SS
Felix Hernandez       RHP

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  1. wabubba67 says:

    No Ichiro tonight against the D-Bags (err…D-Backs)!

    I’m now a little more excited to go to Chase Field over the next three days.

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