Felix Hernandez is an All-Star again and will be traveling to the mid-summer classic in Kansas City next week to perform on a national stage. Hernandez is now a three time All-Star and in his eighth season with the Mariners.
King Felix is the obvious choice. He is the face of the organization and is one of the few bona-fide aces in baseball. Hernandez is the best player on a last place team. The season is half over and if you take a closer look at his performance so far, he has either been really good or he has pitched like the other four in the Mariners’ rotation. Unremarkable. In May, fans were asking: “What’s going on with Felix?” His velocity was down and he was getting hit hard. He has since turned things around and has been pitching like his old self.
Currently Hernandez is 6-5 with a 3.09 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 114 strikeouts. Those numbers are All-Star quality especially for a team that doesn’t score runs. In his last three starts, Hernandez gave up 2 runs in 23 innings.