This isn’t what Felix Hernandez had in mind for the end of his career in Seattle as a Mariner. It could be the end of his career, period, but that’s likely going to be up to him. King Felix has spent most of the 2019 season rehabbing to get back on the bump this season.
He successfully did that, pitching in his first game since May against the Blue Jays recently. He was pretty solid, but the Mariners still fell by a score of 7-5. The bullpen imploding has been a recurring scenario for Seattle this season. Hernandez knows all about it playing on this awful Mariners squad.
If Hernandez doesn’t retire and another team takes a chance on him, it will hopefully be a contender who has room for him. At this point, he deserves to go to the postseason and compete for a World Series after years of playing on a disappointing club.
The Mariners do not figure to make any leaps forward next season. Hernandez has spent his entire career in Seattle, so it’d be nice to see him go out as a Mariner. At the same time, you want to see him be on a successful team.
The Mariners were losers again Wednesday afternoon, as they fell to the Yankees by a score of 7-3. This followed a 7-0 loss the night before and 5-4 loss Tuesday. That equated to a sweep and a record of 56-78 on the season.
They are close to being statistically eliminated from the postseason, which is a foregone conclusion at this point. Felix will be called on to make his second start since returning back to the rotation. Lance Lynn, who is coming off a shaky performance, will look to rebound on Thursday. Head below for our free Mariners vs. Rangers pick.
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Felix Hernandez performed well against the Jays in his return to the rotation. He allowed 3 hits and 2 runs in 5.2 innings of work. That effort went to waste, though, as the bullpen collapsed as the Jays secured a 7-5 win. Before going on the IL, Felix was dismantled for 13 earned runs in 7.1 innings. Despite the nice showing against Toronto, he still possesses a 6.09 ERA and 1.44 WHIP on the season.
In his last three starts, he has posted an ERA of 10.38 with a 1.85 WHIP and .403 OBA. Even though he looked good against the Jays, I’m not so convinced that’s a sign of things to come for him. He’s been inconsistent the last three years, so don’t expect much. On the road, Hernandez has been consistently bad. He goes into Arlington with an ERA of 8.44 and 1.64 WHIP as a visitor. If he gets a win this evening, it will be his first win on the road in 2019.
The Rangers have seen a lot of Felix Hernandez. They’ve faced him in 391 at-bats and have connected for 11 long balls and 48 runs in that time. Seattle haven’t gotten much production out of their bullpen this season, as the relievers collectively own a 4.85 ERA. Even if the starter performs, like Hernandez did against the Jays, there is still a good chance that the pitching staff doesn’t get out of the night unscathed.
Lance Lynn enters with a 6.32 ERA and 1.85 WHIP in his last three contests. Much of that is to blame on a poor showing against the White Sox in his most recent outing in Chicago. He allowed 11 hits and 7 earned runs in just 5.2 innings of play. Lynn has typically been money on the road, has struggled a bit at home.
He owns a 4.03 ERA and in Arlington, though a stellar record of 9-1. The offense has given him plenty of run support in Texas, where the bats have been hot this season. The Rangers have averaged 5.57 runs per game at home compared to 4.43 runs on the road. Laying -175 seems like a high price, though. With an ERA of 4.66, their bullpen is fully capable of going haywire as well. There is likely more than 10 runs here, so a bet on the OVER looks warranted.