Mariners Preview (4/21/14): King’s Brilliance Needs To Snap Streak
(1090 The Fan) — It looks like the pressure will be on Felix Hernandez to snap the Mariners’ six-game losing streak. Fortunately for Seattle, there is arguably no other person in baseball who can handle pressure better than King Felix.
On Monday, the Mariners return home to host the Houston Astros for a three-game series at Safeco Field. On the hill will be King Felix, looking for his fourth win of the season.
Hernandez has been brilliant in four starts for the Mariners, going 3-0 with a 1.91 ERA. He didn’t get a decision on Wednesday in Texas, though, through no fault of his own, as Hernandez struck out nine and allowed just one run in seven innings of his team’s 3-2 loss.
Hernandez, who hasn’t won four straight decisions to start a season since 2009, is 2-1 in three starts versus the Astros with a 2.00 ERA.
As ugly as the previous six games have been for Seattle, Houston has been playing even uglier baseball. The Astros have lost seven in a row after a 4-1 loss to the Oakland A’s on Sunday.
The Astros will hand the ball to lefty Dallas Keuchel, who is 1-1 with a 3.50 ERA. Keuchel did not get a decision on Wednesday against Kansas City, but pitched well, as he surrendered a pair of runs and six hits in six innings. He also struck out five and walked a batter in his team’s 6-4 loss.
Keuchel is 0-2 in three games (2 starts) versus the Mariners with a 2.40 ERA.
Fun fact: Corey Hart, who is eight for his last 16, is just 36 hits away from joining the 1,000 hits club (he sits at 964 right now). Against Keuchel, Hart is 2-for-6 lifetime — both hits being home runs.
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