Elbow issues or not, contract extension or not, the Mariners’ starting rotation still begins and ends with Felix Hernandez.
The 2010 Cy Young winner is the rock of the rotation. And maybe four other teams in baseball have a pitcher of his caliber to lead their rotation.
“Obviously, it all starts with Felix,” Mariners manager Eric Wedge said.
But beyond Felix, the Mariners’ pitching rotation is far from dominant. Many of the candidates are unproven.
Seattle will likely go with Hisashi Iwakuma, the soon to be acquired Joe Saunders, youngster Erasmo Ramirez and probably Blake Beavan to round out the …