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Mariners v. Royals series preview: Four meaningful games

ARLINGTON, TX - AUGUST 02: Kyle Seager
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SEATTLE, WA – JULY 20: Starter Felix Hernandez /

Game Three – Saturday – First Pitch: 6:15 PM CT

Saturday’s game pits Felix Hernandez against Danny Duffy. The latter, one of Kansas City’s more effective starters has seen his 2017 shortened due to injury, but the product he has turned out in his time has been solid. At home, he’s posted an ERA of 2.93, and in three of his last four starts, has surrendered just one run. In his career against the Mariners, He’s 1-1 with a 2.25 ERA.

Felix will need to be sharp if the Mariners are going to take game 3. Fortunately for the M’s he has shown glimpses of his old self in the past few weeks. Obviously, he’s had to change his style, so it’s not exactly his old self, but the results somewhat resemble that of vintage Felix.  Most recently, Felix had a tough night in Texas, but the bats bailed him out, and the Mariners took home the win. It won’t be too hard a task to win Saturday, but Felix will need to have solid command and velocity if they’re going to.