Time to fish out the ol’ K-Card! It probably could use the love.
In what will be his second start back since returning from his second DL stint of the season, Félix Hernández will look to get the better of Rangers righty Andrew Cashner for the second time in less than a week.
I’d second that.
Last Thursday, the bats pounded Cashner for 5 runs in 4.1 innings, courtesy of 6 hits, 5 walks, and one very formidable Boomstick. Félix, meanwhile, was refreshingly effective, surrendering just a single run without walking anyone, despite being restricted to 54 pitches across 3.2 IP.
Scott Servais has mentioned that Félix could see his pitch count increase to 75 tonight.
Of course after last night’s loss coming on the heels of a series sweep at the hands of the Astros, there’s certainly an argument to be made for shutting down some of the team’s more senior and injury-prone players. Nobody’s name is higher on that list than Félix’s.
Mathematically speaking, the M’s aren’t dead yet. Just nearly-dead. But if there’s one thing Félix Hernández has been able to consistently do throughout his career, it’s to give us something to cheer about—even when things are at their bleakest.
|TEXAS RANGERS||SEATTLE MARINERS|
|Delino DeShields Jr. - CF||Jean Segura - SS|
|Shin-Soo Choo - RF||Mitch Haniger - RF|
|Elvis Andrus - SS||Robinson Cano - 2B|
|Adrian Beltre - DH||Nelson Cruz - DH|
|Nomar Mazara - LF||Kyle Seager - 3B|
|Joey Gallo - 1B||Yonder Alonso - 1B|
|Robinson Chirinos - C||Mike Zunino - C|
|Rougned Odor - 2B||Ben Gamel - LF|
|Drew Robinson - 3B||Guillermo Heredia - CF|
|Andrew Cashner - RHP||Felix Hernandez - RHP|