(1090 The Fan / Sports Network) – Felix Hernandez will try to keep the good times rolling for the Seattle Mariners Friday in the opener of a three-game series versus the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Safeco Field.
Hernandez is looking to get out of a bit of a funk he has slipped into. He’s gone 1-2 with a 3.44 earned run average in his last five starts — and the Mariners are 1-4 in that time frame.
Hernandez allowed five runs and five hits in five innings in last Saturday’s 15-3 loss at Texas and dropped to 12-6 through 26 starts. His earned run average went from 2.44 to 2.62.
In addition to giving manager Eric Wedge a welcome back win (Wedge has been away from the team for roughly a month after suffering a mild stroke) King Felix will be trying to win 13 games for a fifth straight year. The odds are with him too; Hernandez is 2-0 with a 3.00 ERA in three starts against the Angels this season.
One factor that can help Felix Friday is the slugging of his offensive teammates. Seattle has homered 150 times, tied with Toronto for second-most in MLB.
The Mariners hope rookie second baseman Nick Franklin will return to the lineup Friday and he missed Wednesday’s game with a laceration to his left knee. Franklin needed five stitches and was expected to miss four of five days.
Seattle is 7-6 against the Angels this season and swept a three-game set from July 12-14 at Safeco Field.
(TM and © Copyright 2013 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. CBS RADIO and EYE Logo TM and Copyright 2013 CBS Broadcasting Inc. Used under license. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Sports Network contributed to this report.)