Sodo Mojo’s In-Game Twitter Poll: The King Vs. Altuve
Felix Hernandez has been one of the best starting pitchers in baseball over the last decade, but he seems to always struggle getting one particular player out: Jose Altuve.
For our first in-game poll of the 2017 Mariners season, we asked M’s fans how many times would Felix Hernandez get Jose Altuve out tonight?
The majority of mariner fans voted that Felix would only get Altuve out once during Opening Day.
Well, the fans voted wrong.
Tonight Altuve faced Felix twice, both times Felix got the best of him striking Altuve out in consecutive at-bats.
Unfortunately, Felix had to leave the game after only five innings due to a leg injury suffered while covering first base in the fourth inning.
Altuve normally gets the best a Felix, a rare feat in itself.
In 24 career at-bats against Felix, the 5’6” Altuve has 13 hits including four doubles. Altuve also has three walks against Felix, with only two strikeouts. Those are good enough for a .542 batting average and a .593 on-base percentage. Altuve has been terrorizing the Mariners for years.
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At only 26 years of age that looks to continue.
Felix finished his five-inning outing giving up two solo home runs, striking out six Houston hitters, and his command was decent allowing no free passes.
Felix’s injury didn’t look too bad as he was able to finish another inning after the initial injury so we should be seeing this Altuve matchup again throughout the season especially with Altuve being in the same division.
Altuve finished the game going 1-4.
We will be continuing to do these in-game Twitter polls throughout the season so keep an eye out. Tonight Felix succeeded in overcoming this statistical anomaly but the Mariners could not get the bats going.
Maybe tomorrow the poll will be how many home runs will Nelson Cruz hit, maybe then the twitter poll luck will swing the offenses way.
Stay tuned to @SodoMojoFS tomorrow night for the poll.