The Seattle Mariners edged out the Chicago White Sox behind a dominant performance by Felix Hernandez. Felix allowed just 1 earned run in 7 innings, as he turned back the clocks and pitched like vintage King Felix. His contract expires following this season, so if that’s one of his last starts as a Mariner, it’s one he can feel good about. He can retire after this season, sign elsewhere, or reup with the Mariners.
Felix hinted at retirement back in July, but we’ll see where it goes. He will have time in the offseason to decide what he’s going to do. But Hernandez is going to have to accept that he wouldn’t be getting paid much. It’d be light in comparison to what he’s earned in his career, so it’s going to have to be for the love of the game. He’s already racked in millions upon millions in his career and doesn’t need the extra dollars.
It’d be tough to watch Hernandez go out without a chance to compete for a World Series. Signing with a contender to finally play baseball in October would be an idea. Success will not be found in Seattle next season. The win yesterday was only their 61st on the season to go into Sunday with a record of 61-88. Offensively, the Mariners were handcuffed with just 2 runs. That was enough, though, and was a fitting score for Hernandez who has saved the offense a lot throughout his lengthy career.
The Mariners will look to the future in 2020 and lean more heavily on guys like Justus Sheffield. Sheffield was involved in the trade for James Paxton in 2018. He’s a prospect who is expected to contribute for the Mariners in the future. The Mariners hope that includes 2020 where he will go into his true rookie season as a full timer in the major leagues. Sheffield gets the nod against Ivan Nova of the White on Sunday. Head below for our free White Sox vs. Mariners pick.
Chicago White Sox vs. Seattle Mariners Pick:
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The White Sox have not had a successful season, but Yoan Moncada and Lucas Giolito showing that they belong in the majors was a step forward. That’s an arm and a bat that the White Sox should be able to lay down a solid foundation with. They are going to need a lot more than that, and I can safely say that Ivan Nova is not in their long-term plans. The veteran started off well this season, but has since regressed. Fatigue has appeared to be an issue for him most recently, as he’s posted an ERA of 8.36 and 2.07 WHIP in his previous three outings.
The road hasn’t been too kind to Nova, either. Nova enters Seattle with an ERA of 4.92 and 1.62 WHIP in 97 innings. That also includes a lackluster .378 OBA. Whereas at home, Nova has a 1.18 WHIP and .296 OBA, so his control has been an issue while visiting venues on the road. The Mariners hold a solid .375 OBP against Nova in 48 at-bats. I don’t have the most faith in Nova to suddenly find his stroke. He has more than likely checked out in 2019 and is ready for the break.
Justus Sheffield has made only four starts and an appearance out of the bullpen with the Mariners. He trotted out of the bullpen three times with the Yankees last season and got hammered for a 10.12 ERA. It didn’t take long for the Yankees to give up on him and flip his services for James Paxton.
Thus far with the Mariners, Sheffield has been up and down. He has pitched well in his last two starts, with only 1-run allowed in 11 innings, but he did yield 12 hits and 5 walks, having to escape some jams to give up just a single run. Sheffield has also struggled in Seattle, where he has a 5.71 ERA, 1.85 WHIP, and .405 OBA in 17.1 innings pitched. I think the total should be a tad higher at 9.5 here, so the OVER at 9 carries some value with it on Sunday afternoon in Seattle.