After their 2-0 win on Monday, the Seattle Mariners have now won their last seven Opening Day contests, including four consecutive wins over the Oakland Athletics, who have now lost eight straight season openers.
Manager Eric Wedge was very pleased about how well his ace, Felix Hernandez pitched in the win to start the season, saying, “Felix, he led the way, he’s been in that situation multiple times … He put us in a good situation [to win].” Wedge told reporters after the game.
I said previously that Hernandez needs to show that he is worth the money he received in the offseason, and that is exactly what he did. Hernandez pitched “lights out”, dominating the A’s lineup over 7.2 innings, allowing no runs and striking out eight batters.
Hernandez continued his dominance in the win, as this was his sixth career Opening Day start and he has yet to lose. He has also show an incredible amount of dominance over the Oakland A’s, recording his 14th career win over the team, more than he has recorded against any other club.
In 2012, Hernandez delivered another impressive Opening Day performance that propelled him to a solid first month of the season, posting a 2-1 record with a 2.23 ERA in six starts last April. Hopefully “King Felix” will repeat that as well.
Many things have changed for the Mariners over the last few seasons, but it always great to see the incredibly consistent Felix Hernandez dominate the A’s for another Opening Day victory.