In his last start against the Texas Rangers, Hernandez was looking to be the first pitcher in MLB history to record his 1500th strikeout and 100th win in the same game. Obviously, the 27-year-old did not earn the win, but he did record his 1500th career strikeout, making him one the youngest pitchers to do so.
In his eight-year MLB career, Hernandez has dominated the Tigers, going 9-2 with an impressive ERA of 2.65 in 12 career starts.
Hopefully, this will be the matchup that Hernandez needs to finally earn this win because it seems like it has become a distraction. After earning his 99th win on Opening Day against the Oakland Athletics, “King Felix” has put together back-to-back mediocre outings.
Max Scherzer will be pitching for the Tigers. He has been mixed in his first two starts of the season, allowing five earned runs in 11 innings pitched. The 28-year-old right-hander has had a good amount of success against the Mariners, posting a 4-1 record and a 3.05 ERA in five career starts.
It hasn’t been hard to have success against the Mariners recently, so that isn’t incredibly impressive. Scherzer should be hittable for the Mariners, but they have struggled to score runs with their ace on the hill, as they have scored a total of eight runs in Hernandez’s three starts this year.
Seattle’s offense should be rejuvenated with the powerful Michael Morse and hot-hitting Franklin Gutierrez returning to the lineup. Hopefully, the third time is the charm for Hernandez and he is able to earn his 100th career win on Wednesday.