The Seattle Mariners ace Felix Hernandez achieved a personal milestone on Monday evening earning his 100th career victory against the Houston Astros. The 27-year-old hurler owns a career 100-78 record over his nine-year career with the Mariners.
Hernandez was dealing against the Astros hungry to reach the century mark fanning nine Astros in six innings of five-hit shutout ball en route to the victory. King Felix now sits 31st on the all-time active wins leaders list one win behind Kelvim Escobar who ranks 30th. Hernandez is the youngest active pitcher to be on the 100 wins list and will steadily move up the ranks.
Hernandez inked a long-term deal in the offseason to remain the face of the Mariners franchise for the next six seasons. The Venezuelan native boasts a CY Young award in his trophy case from his 2010 performance, a season in which he earned a 2.27 era in an amazing 249 innings pitched.
The much-improved Mariners are still struggling to find themselves so far this season with an 8-13 record good for second last in the American League West. The Mariners made a slew of offseason additions and appeared to be on the cusp of a respectable 2013 campaign.
The win against the Astros snaps a three-game losing streak for the Mariners who hope to build on the victory against the lowly Astros and start their climb in the AL West.