Mariners News: Felix Makes History in Early Start


Happy Felix Day, everyone! The last two nights for Mariners nation haven’t been very enjoyable, but with Felix on the mound, win or lose, there is always a reason to watch. Felix won’t be around forever, folks, so appreciate him at his peak now. Don’t take a start for granted. Let’s take a look at the M’s lineup behind Felix. Reminder: The Mariners 7.0 back in the wild card behind the Twins, who they take on starting tomorrow at Target Field for a four-game set.

Before we break down the lineups, take a look at a bit of history today:

1. That’s awesome. Felix is the best player in Mariners history, and it’s interesting he hits this feat in the same week Randy Johnson, former best pitcher in M’s history, heads to the Hall of Fame. And he hits it just before Jamie Moyer is inducted into the Mariners Hall of Fame.

2. Robinson Cano is not playing today. A little getaway day never hurt anyone, especially against a tough lefty, but Cano’s had a hot bat, and the M’s need to score runs somehow.

3. Franklin Gutierrez, cleanup hitter. Enough said. Guti is great, but if a guy who was in AAA until June is now hitting cleanup, that says something.

4. No Mike Zunino today, which is expected in a day game after a night game. Another source of offense gone from the lineup. We wrote about Z’s resurrection earlier today. Read that here.

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