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King Felix Quiets the Reds’ Bats
Felix Hernandez was his typically dominant self when he took the mound versus the Cincinnati Reds this weekend. The 30-year-old right-hander cut right through the Reds’ lineup, pitching 6 shutout innings while allowing just 4 hits. Hernandez struck out 5 and issued 3 free passes. He limited the Reds to a .190 batting average and 1.17 walks/hits per inning.
This week’s win pushed King Felix over the .500 mark, as he now boasts a 4-3 record with a 2.21 ERA across 9 starts. He has struck out 47 and walked 25 through 57 innings pitched this season. The opposition is hitting just .205 against Felix, and he has posted a respectable 1.19 WHIP.
A lot has been said about the drop in Felix’s fastball velocity and his increase in walks. The numbers don’t lie and he has regressed somewhat in 2016. However, Hernandez is still getting the job done. As long as he keeps the opponent off the scoreboard, does it really matter how he does it? I don’t think so.
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