The Seattle Mariners have some good news to share as they end the 2013 season. Ace starting pitcher Felix Hernandez will pitch again. MLB.com's Greg Johns reports that Hernandez threw a pain-free bullpen session on Thursday, and he will start this coming Sunday against the Los Angles Angels. In fact, Hernandez is adamant about starting on Sunday. "You can book it, Sunday," he proclaimed when asked after he completed his bullpen session.
Hernandez last pitched on September 2. He was sidelined with a right oblique strain that he suffered late in that game. He was initially scheduled to pitch in the Mariners' game with the Detroit Tigers, but manager Eric Wedge had him perform one last workout instead. When he takes the mound on Sunday, he will need to pitch 5.2 innings to surpass 200 for the sixth straight year. He should have one more start at the end of next week versus Oakland to ensure that he hits that milestone.
Hernandez, AKA "King Felix," is 12-9 with a 3.01 ERA in 29 starts. He has a WAR of 5.0 for a starting pitcher on a Mariners team that has a record of 67-86 entering play on September 20. For his career, he has an average WAR of 4.2 in 8-1/2 seasons. He also has averages of 215 strikeouts and 1.204 WHIP, all of which has earned him a seven-year, $175 million contract extension that lasts through 2020.
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