Found May 02, 2013 on
After getting off to a so-so start, Felix Hernandez is back to being a dominant pitcher for the Seattle Mariners. That has hardly been the case when he's faced the Toronto Blue Jays in his career.
Hernandez has been pounded in his last two starts against Toronto, but he enters Friday night's opener of a three-game series on his best run of 2013.
The right-hander went 1-2 with a 3.05 ERA in his first three outings this season before turning things around over his last three. He's 2-0 with a 0.82 ERA over that span, allowing 15 hits and two walks while striking out 28 in 22 innings.
Hernandez (3-2, 1.90 ERA) gave up one earned run and five hits in eight innings to beat the Los Angeles Angels 3-2 on Saturday.
"Like always, he throw an invisible ball. It's unbelievable," catcher Jesus Montero said. "He settled in so great."
Hernandez's pitches haven't been so invisible to the Blue Jays. He's gone 3-4 with a 5.13 ERA in nine starts against them - easily his highest ERA versus a team he's faced more than once - and his last two matchups have been particularly one-sided.
Hernandez has allowed seven runs in each outing while giving up 22 hits over 10 innings. He lasted four innings and lost 8-3 at Toronto on Sept. 13 in his last start in the series.
He'll be looking to end those struggles while helping the Mariners (13-17) stay hot. They beat Baltimore 8-3 on Wednesday for their fifth victory in seven games following a 2-7 stretch.
"I feel like our guys have taken significant steps and what you are seeing now is more the norm in regard to what our guys are capable of," manager Eric Wedge said. "The way we're going to go about doing it is to be a complete team and to be able to count on all areas of our club."
Michael Morse hit his third homer in four games, a two-run shot, to become the first Mariner to have nine home runs in the team's first 30 games since Mike Cameron in 2002. Morse is 6 for 15 with four RBIs in the past four games.
Seattle now plays five straight and 14 of 17 on the road, where it has lost seven of eight.
The Mariners were scheduled to face Josh Johnson on Friday night, but the Blue Jays (10-19) placed him on the 15-day disabled list Thursday because of inflammation in his right triceps.
Ricky Romero will take his place after struggling in spring training and beginning the season in the minors to work on his mechanics. The left-hander was an All-Star in 2011, but he went 9-14 with a 5.77 ERA in 32 starts last season.
Romero, who made one start for Class A Dunedin and allowed one run in seven innings, is 1-3 with a 3.88 ERA in eight starts against the Mariners.
"Everything we've seen, it's been really good," manager John Gibbons told the Blue Jays' official website. "... He's had a lot of work, he just hasn't had a lot of game action."
Toronto lost for the sixth time in seven games Thursday, 3-1 to Boston at home. The Blue Jays also scored once in falling to the Red Sox on Wednesday.
Seattle had won five in a row against the Blue Jays until they roughed up Hernandez in September.
BEST OF MAXIM
Last season, the Baltimore Orioles owned the Seattle Mariners taking eight out of nine meetings. This year is a new season as the Mariners completed their best home stand of the season by taking their second straight series taking two of three from the Baltimore Orioles. Over the seven-game home stand, Seattle went 5-2, a positive sign after stumbling through a 1-5 road trip...
The Seattle Mariners have recalled left handed pitcher Lucas Luetge from their Triple-A Tacoma farm club. To make room for him on the parent roster, the Mariners have optioned right handed pitcher Blake Beavan to the same affiliate. Luetge will pitch middle relief.
The post Seattle Mariners Recall Lucas Luetge, Option Blake Beavan appeared first on FFLockerRoom | NFL - MLB News...
Felix Hernandez pitched eight shutout innings to win his third straight start, Kyle Seager and Jason Bay homered and the Seattle Mariners blanked the Toronto Blue Jays 4-0 on Friday night.
Seager had three hits as the Mariners won for the sixth time in eight games.
Hernandez (4-2) allowed five hits, walked none and struck out seven, improving to 3-0 with a 0.60 ERA in his past...
The Blue Jays have been a disappointment after the coup of a trade they pulled on the Marlins over the winter. Jose Reyes is out with a bum knee, Josh Johnson has been more like Ladybird Johnson and Emilio Bonafacio has contributed as much as I have.
But, that hasn’t stopped third baseman Brett Lawrie, outfielder Jose Bautista and infielder Munenori Kawasaki from getting groovy...
Brett Lawrie, Jose Bautista and Munenori Kawasaki showed off some of their dance moves this week as the Torointo Blue Jays looked to jump-start their poor 2013 campaign. The Jays spent a large amount of money in the off-season but it hasn’t translated into wins as the team is sitting at a measly 10-18 record and are bottom dwellers in the AL East. Team = Bad. Dance Moves = Good...
Ricky Romero is back with the Blue Jays after just thirty-five days.
Welcome back to the big leagues, Ricky Romero. It’s a fantastic feeling to see your favourite Toronto Blue Jays player get promoted to re-join your favourite team. What could be better right? Well, a lot really as this is not really a promotion it’s a call up due to the injury of Josh Johnson. Is it me or is...
During Tuesday's Red Sox-Blue Jays game, Toronto first baseman Edwin Encarnacion hit a pair of two-run homers in the 9-7 Blue Jays victory. While neither of Encarnacion's homers were the longest of the night (that honor went to Mike Carp's blast off the facade in right center field), E5's first homer of the evening off of Jon Lester in the fifth inning was a towering...
The Toronto Blue Jays have placed right-handed starting pitcher Josh Johnson on the 15-day disabled list due to right triceps inflammation, the team has announced. Toronto has recalled right-hander Brad Lincoln from Triple-A, and southpaw Ricky Romero is slated to start in Johnson's place tomorrow against the Seattle Mariners.
.@bluejays have placed RHP JOSH JOHNSON on...
Toronto Blue Jays right-handed starting pitcher R.A. Dickey has been cleared to make his regularly scheduled start on Saturday against the Seattle Mariners. He underwent an MRI on his neck yesterday, which resulted in a diagnosis of mild inflammation in his neck, according to The Associated Press.
Dickey exited his April 18 start due to tightness in his neck and back. He hasn...
Buffalo, NY - By all means, the game was not pretty.
The Buffalo Bisons and Louisville Bats combined to leave 28 men on base and were 4-for-33 with runners in scoring position. That didn’t stop Andy LaRoche from playing the hero role in the first extra-inning game of the Bisons season, as he lined a ball over Billy Hamilton’s head in centerfield to drive in Mauro Gomez for...
In last night's 9-7 loss against the Toronto Blue Jays, replacement umpire Clint Fagan quite possibly gave two runs to the Blue Jays. With the bases juiced in the third inning, Jarrod Saltalamacchia attempted to pick off Jose Bautista with a snap throw to first base. Salty had a good chance to get him at first but his elbow caught Fagan's mask and the ball ended up in right...
After last season break out numbers from R. A. Dickey, and his Cy Young award, the Mets were under a lot of pressure to sign him. For starters, the Mets needed a headlining name on the pitching staff, and Dickey's own personal testimony made for a feel good story. Then the Mets traded him in what became almost a nightmare for public relations for a club that needed all the positive...
The Red Sox made a blockbuster trade with the Dodgers last year, but it apparently wasn’t the only megadeal Boston considered.
According to WEEI.com’s Rob Bradford, the Red Sox had conversations with the Marlins about acquiring both shortstop Jose Reyes and pitcher Josh Johnson — and were also willing to take on utilityman Emilio Bonifacio if necessary. However, the Sox reportedly...
A month into the young 2013 season, the Seattle Mariners are hitting the fastball better than they have managed to in years. But, oh, those offspeed pitches. We take a look at the numbers and run values against fastballs and offspeed pitches for the current roster.
There are few reversal of fortune so dramatic as the 0-2 home run. When pitchers corner a batsman into an 0-2 count, said batsman has hit .154/.160/.216 through the 2013 season. The following sample of at bats combine for an immaculate 1.000/1.000/4.000 slash.
Let’s take a look at them.
This is an outlay of the all the 0-2 home runs through May 1:
Learn About Tableau