Not many positive things are certain for the Seattle Mariners these days. They are certain that they are going to be near the bottom of the standings in the MLB and the American League West, but as far as good things go, those are a little bit more up in the air. It’s mostly negative things that the Mariners can count on.
However, one of the few things that the Mariners have been able to count on this year and in most years is that whenever their ace Felix Hernandez has the ball, they are going to have a chance to win the game. For a team that largely dwells in the cellar of the league, that’s a pretty impressive and big deal.
For the season as a whole, Hernandez has been dominant. In his first nine starts he had a 5-2 record and a fantastic 1.53 ERA. He was, as often is the case looking like an elite pitcher. However, on May 19 against the Cleveland Indians, his 10th start of the year, Hernandez didn’t look like himself at all.
In that 10th start of the year, Hernandez lasted just five innings and threw 107 pitches over that time. He also allowed five earned runs and six total runs in the game while walking two batters and giving up a homer. His start was bad enough to raise his ERA from 1.53 all the way up to 2.07. He was dealing with some minor injuries for that game, but since he was out there, you would have expected him to have a much better outing.
On Saturday night, Hernandez will make his first start since that game against the Indians where he performed fully. He’s no longer listed as day-to-day, so he should be at full health when he faces the Texas Rangers. Though the Rangers are one of the most dangerous teams in the league, the Mariners will be looking for Hernandez to come out and make some noise in this start and get back to his commanding form.