The fourth pitch Felix Hernandez threw yesterday wasn't very good at all.
I certainly couldn't have hit it -- it was a 92 mile an hour fastball, with at least a little bit of movement -- but big league hitters could. Rays leadoff hitter and Wikipedia superstar Sam Fuld could, turning on the ball and hitting it with a force and trajectory that, in most cases, one assumes will result in a hit. You can gaze upon it with your own two eyes here:
Judging by their respective reactions on contact, I'd guess that Fuld thought he had at least a double, and Felix thought he might have more.
This is Safeco Field, though, and there's room back there. The man in charge of all that room on this day was Eric Thames ("Thaymes," pronounced the opposite way from Marcus and the river for maximum confusion), who in his 153-game career had managed to cost his team a large number of runs relative to an average outfielder: -17 by Defensive Runs Saved, -12.5 by UZR (he's actually just a touch abov...