Welcome to Felix Hernandez Day, or as the Seattle Mariners know it, their best chance to beat a good team.
That team tonight: the Los Angeles Angels, 1 1/2 games out in the wild card race. Using a pair of unearned runs last night – to say nothing of 20 Seattle strikeouts – the Angels won, 5-4.
Tonight, it’s Felix vs. C.J. Wilson and Mr. Hernandez has this game and one more start to add to his win total (13) and Cy Young Award candidacy, which is a longshot at best.
The Mariners will start Miguel Olivo, who had three hits last night, and Chone Figgins – who hasn’t had a hit in weeks.
Here’s tonight’s Seattle lineup:
Dustin Ackley 2B
Franklin Gutierrez CF
Kyle Seager 3B
Jesus Montero DH
Justin Smoak 1B
Miguel Olivo C
Casper Wells RF
Chone Figgins LF
Brendan Ryan SS