Mariners Preview: Paging King Felix
(1090 The Fan / Sports Network) – If you can beat King Felix four times in one season, you must be a good ball club.
And that’s exactly what the Texas Rangers are trying to do Wednesday when they attempt to complete a three-game sweep of the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field.
Despite Felix Hernandez being second in the American league’s ERA leaders (2.63 ERA), the Rangers sure have a way of getting under his skin. The King is 0-3 in four starts against Texas with a 5.55 ERA. But it’s not just this season: Hernandez is 4-10 with a 4.26 ERA in his last 15 starts against the Rangers.
Hernandez is also among the top three in the majors in strikeouts (192) and innings pitched (184 2/3) — those numbers still stand after his second consecutive loss which came on Friday in Anaheim against Angels.
Martin Perez, who gets the start for the Rangers, won his fourth straight start on Friday in Chicago, as he held the White Sox to a four runs and eight hits in seven innings to improve to 7-3 to go along with a 3.62 ERA.
The Rangers, who remained 2 1/2 games in front of Oakland in the AL West, have now won 11 of their last 13 road games, while the Mariners lost for the fifth straight time at home.
Texas is now 11-7 against the Mariners this season.
-Chris Coyle, 1090 The Fan
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