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Monday, May 13, 2019

Examining Félix Hernández’s Hall of Fame case after 2,500 strikeouts

Seattle Mariners starter Félix Hernández joined elite company on Saturday when he reached 2,500 career strikeouts. Among the 35 other players to do so, 22 are in the Hall of Fame and five more — Roger Clemens, Curt Schilling, Justin Verlander, CC Sabathia and Max Scherzer — likely to join them before long.

Even more impressively, Hernández is the sixth youngest player to do so at 33 years at 33 days old. That only trails Hall of Famers Nolan Ryan, Walter Johnson, Pedro Martinez, Tom Seaver and Bert Blyleven.

But one day after reaching the milestone, Hernández landed on the 10-day injured list with a right shoulder strain. That’s the way things have been going lately for the one-time Cy Young Award winner.

Once considered a surefire lock for the Hall of Fame, Hernández’s career has rapidly regressed, and he’s likely on the outside looking in for Cooperstown.

A consideration of Felix Hernandez’s chance at the Hall of Fame- nothing that will be news to us, but still something to talk amongst ourselves about.

QLE Posted: May 13, 2019 at 03:43 AM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: felix hernandez, hall of fame, strikeouts

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Video: Félix Hernández records his 2,500th career strikeout

Mariners right-hander Félix Hernández passed a notable career milestone during Saturday’s start against the Red Sox, becoming just the 36th pitcher in major-league history to record at least 2,500 strikeouts.

The auspicious strikeout arrived in the bottom of the second inning. With runners on the corners and no outs, Hernández worked a 1-2 count against Michael Chavis, who then missed a 92-m.p.h. sinker right on the edge of the strike zone for a called strike three. (In the next at-bat, the right-hander induced a swinging strikeout from Jackie Bradley Jr. for strikeout no. 2,501, too.)

Per the club’s PR department, Hernández is the sixth-youngest MLB pitcher to reach this particular mark. The 33-year-old trails Hall of Famers Bert Blyleven, Tom Seaver, Pedro Martínez, Walter Johnson, and Nolan Ryan, all of whom were between the ages of 31 and 33 years old when they logged their 2,500th career whiffs.

The sort of thing that makes one wonder what could have been….

 

QLE Posted: May 12, 2019 at 04:12 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: felix hernandez, strikeouts

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Félix Hernández passes Don Drysdale on all-time strikeouts leaderboard

Mariners starter Félix Hernández pitched well enough for a win on Wednesday afternoon, but Padres starter Chris Paddack was just a little bit better. Hernández allowed one run on three hits and a walk with eight strikeouts in the Mariners’ 1-0 loss. Paddack tossed seven scoreless innings on one hit and one walk with nine strikeouts.

With eight strikeouts on the day, Hernández passed Don Drysdale to move into 36th place on Major League Baseball’s all-time strikeouts leaderboard at 2,488. Max Scherzer currently sits in 35th place at 2,493. Christy Mathewson is Hernández’s next target at 2,507.

I have to wonder: Where would Hernandez be on this list if the last few seasons hadn’t taken the tole that they did?

 

QLE Posted: April 25, 2019 at 05:50 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: don drysdale, felix hernandez, strikeouts

Tuesday, April 02, 2019

Felix turns back the clock, and the Angels, in 2019 debut | The Seattle Times

The bar is set pretty low.

The Mariners weren’t supposed to be 6-1 at this point, and Felix wasn’t supposed to be able to compete.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 02, 2019 at 06:03 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: felix hernandez, mariners

Monday, April 01, 2019

‘King Felix’ opens his season vs. longtime nemesis

Mike Trout and Felix Hernandez have had some epic matchups over the years.

Perhaps the best example came two years ago, when Trout had a 14-pitch at-bat against King Felix before fanning on a called third strike. There’s even a pitch-by-pitch video sequence of that showdown on FanGraphs.

The two are set to meet again Monday night, as Trout and the Angels travel to Seattle, where Hernandez is scheduled to make his season debut.

The two stars seem to be at opposite ends of their career trajectories, however.

Mind you, any given matchup could go against the general trends….

 

QLE Posted: April 01, 2019 at 08:10 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: felix hernandez, mike trout

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Mariners’ Felix Hernandez has reason to be upset, but he also has an opportunity | The Seattle Times

When will they just release him?

These weren’t scorched-earth reactions that will drive an immediate wedge between Hernandez, his teammates and Servais. Regardless of the $27 million Felix will receive in this final year of his contract, everyone understands that regression still hurts.

In the past five years, Hernandez’s ERA has ballooned from 2.14, to 3.53, to 3.82, to 4.36 to 5.55. Throw in the seven earned runs he allowed in three innings Sunday, and a 2019 resurgence seems closer to impossible than it does improbable.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 13, 2019 at 09:26 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: felix hernandez, mariners

Sunday, March 10, 2019

‘What do you want me to say?’: Unhappy Felix Hernandez struggles in final Cactus League start for Mariners | The Seattle Times

But could this current acrimony lead to disruption? Hernandez has never been malicious, but he also hasn’t always been mature. It’s certainly something that will be monitored. At what point is his presence a diminished value? The Mariners won’t hinder the progress of top prospect Justus Sheffield for the sake of loyalty and nostalgia.

His $27 million salary is a sunken cost. Even if he somehow performs above expectations and becomes of value to another team, it’s a dollar figure that no GM would assume — or even half of it. But if a change-of-scenery trade presented itself, the Mariners would be interested.

And if Hernandez continues to struggle with wandering command, run-filled innings and shortened starts, the cost of walking away will be the same as burying him in the bullpen.

There is no “if” pertaining to the end of the relationship between the Mariners and Hernandez. It’s now just when.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 10, 2019 at 10:14 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: felix hernandez, mariners

Saturday, March 09, 2019

Felix Hernandez’s historic opening day streak is coming to an end

All good things must come to an end.

For longtime Seattle Mariners ace Felix Hernandez, that includes his decade-long streak of making opening day starts.

According to ESPN’s Marly Rivera, manager Scott Servais has informed Hernandez that he will not be getting the ball when the Mariners open up the regular season against the Oakland Athletics on March 20 in Japan. The Mariners have not decided who will make the start. They just know that for the first time since 2008, it won’t be “King Felix.”

The King appears to be facing the threat of being deposed.

 

QLE Posted: March 09, 2019 at 03:32 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: felix hernandez, mariners, opening day

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Mariners’ Hernandez gets off to shaky spring start

Felix Hernandez says he’s all set for a bounce-back season.

Now pitching entirely from the stretch, King Felix made his spring training debut Saturday, giving up four runs in 1 1/3 innings as the Seattle Mariners lost to the San Diego Padres 6-4.

The six-time All-Star allowed four hits, only one of them solid. He didn’t walk anyone, but hit a batter and threw just 23 strikes in 42 pitches.

The King hopes that this is small sample size in action….

 

QLE Posted: February 24, 2019 at 08:49 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: felix hernandez, mariners, spring training

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

King Felix entering critical last season of Seattle contract

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — Every day for several years, Felix Hernandez has walked past large photos of himself and Randy Johnson — the Seattle Mariners‘ only Cy Young Award winners — in the hallway leading to the clubhouse of their spring training complex.

King Felix will make those walks for perhaps the last time this year, with a bigger goal as motivation.

“I know this is my final year, but I don’t think I am done,” the 33-year-old Hernandez said on Tuesday following Seattle’s first spring training workout. “I think I can do a lot of good things, and it is going to be a push for my Hall of Fame career. It means a lot. Now Edgar (Martinez) is in the Hall of Fame. We’ll see.”

Will he be able to maintain his hold on the throne, or will he be forced to go into exile?

 

QLE Posted: February 13, 2019 at 04:47 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: felix hernandez, mariners

 

 

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