5 Need, 5 Wants Fans Are Looking For From The 2017 Seattle Mariners
Felix Hernandez NEEDS To Give The Mariners 200 Quality Innings.
If the Seattle Mariners are going to make the playoffs in 2017, they will need a healthy “King” Felix. Hernandez was a major disappointment in 2016 and is as responsible for the team missing the playoffs as anybody.
The team needs the King to be his 2015-self, to stabilize the rotation and give the team a chance to win every five days. A repeat of 2015 would require 200 innings of 3.33 xFIP and 8.5 K/9. Not unreasonable for the future hall of famer.
We WANT Felix Hernandez To Return To His 2014-Self.
If Felix can come close to repeating his 2014 season (236 IP, 2.14 ERA, 248 K’s) the Mariners go from playoff contender to a World Series favorite.
Hernandez is working hard this off-season to return to his Cy Young form. He is strengthening his lower half, which should help with his endurance and perhaps velocity.