Aug 15, 2015; Boston, MA, USA; Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Felix Hernandez (34) is taken out of a game against the Boston Red Sox during the third inning at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports
Felix Hernandez – Not
This was arguably the worst week in King Felix’s career. Hernandez was lit up on Saturday afternoon at Fenway Park, allowing a career high 10 earned runs on 12 hits across 2.1 innings pitched. He struck out 2, walked 1 and hit a man. The Red Sox posted a remarkable .706 batting average against the perennial All-Star, and connected on 3 home runs.
Hernandez has not been his typical dominant self in 2015. He has tallied an impressive 14 wins, but his 3.65 ERA is his worst mark since 2007. Felix injured his ankle early in the season during a start in Oakland, and one has to wonder if that is to blame for his decrease in effectiveness. I would not be shocked if we find out after the season that he was battling an ankle or foot issue all season.
Felix will get a chance to put his rough outing behind him this week, as he is the projected starter for the series finale on Wednesday in Arlington against the Rangers.