Happy Felix Day! And what makes a Felix Day happier than any other? A Felix Day where Felix is pitching in a National League Ballpark. Which means he gets to bat and it’s always fun watching AL pitchers try to swing at a baseball.
The Mariners swept the first half of this 4-game home-and-home series against the Padres back in Seattle, winning 5-1 on Monday and 6-1 on Tuesday. A win today would stretch the Mariners’ win streak to 4 games.
Seattle Mariners 37-34. Last 10: 5-5.
San Diego Padres: 29-42. Last 10: 2-8.
Game Time: 7:10 PM Pacific. Location: San Diego, California. Petco Park.
EDGE: Felix. In a loss where Felix pitched 8.1 innings he actually LOWERED his ERA. The Mariners lost late, 1-0. Cashner has been suffering from a lack of run support Felix has become accustomed to throughout his Major League career, and with any other team would certainly have a winning record. But despite his sub-2.5 ERA, Cashner just can’t match what Felix has been dealing of late. Moreover, the ineptitude of the Padres offense makes me think Felix could do something special tonight down in San Diego.
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Of Note: Last night Montero hit his first home run since May of last season. He is 3-10 in the early going, and if he remains powerful could provide that righty bat the Mariners have been waiting on. Seager continued his hot hitting at Safeco Field, driving in 2-runs on a gorked double to left field. Jones stole his 11th base of the season, and Cano clubbed his 4th homer as well.
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Of Note: the Padres offense was silenced once again, managing only 4 hits while being struck out 7 times by the Mariners pitching staff. The only run the Padres notched was a home run absolutely mashed to left field by former Mariner Rene Rivera. After last night’s contest, no one on the club is hitting better than .269.
If you don’t remember what happens when American League pitchers try to hit, just imagine trying to kill a fly with a chicken thigh.
But sometimes miracles do happen. Like when Felix Hernandez hit a GRAND SLAM off of Johan Santana– yes that Johan Santana– in New York. If you want to watch it, and revel in the fact that Felix closes his eyes as he is swinging through the ball, check it out here.
Felix will be Felix tonight, but Cashner is going to duel with him until the very end. More likely than not, Cashner is going to lose one of those run-supportless games that Felix is so known for. Mariners push their streak to 4 games tonight.
Mariners 2, Padres 1.
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