Felix Hernandez
SP SEA
2 days ago

Hernandez has been named the starter for the Mariners' Cactus League road opener against the White Sox, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

King Felix, who has looked impressive thus far in throwing sessions, will thus get his first crack at opposing hitters against a White Sox squad against which he went 1-0 with a 3.86 ERA last season. Hernandez is also on Team Venezuela's WBC roster and began his offseason throwing program earlier than usual this offseason as a result. He's scheduled for at least one more Cactus League start in addition to Tuesday's before WBC play begins on Mar. 10.

Felix Hernandez
SP SEA
4 days ago

Hernandez impressed in his second throwing session of spring training Sunday, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

The Mariners' ace got in a 10-minute session despite dealing with some rainy weather, and as he had Thursday, looked impressive while also drawing raves for his transformed physique, which includes several pounds of new muscle after a rigorous offseason training regimen. Hernandez is working on an accelerated throwing schedule overall this spring in anticipation of his participation in the World Baseball Classic with Team Venezuela.

Felix Hernandez
SP SEA
1 week ago

Hernandez threw his first bullpen session of spring training Thursday, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

It was the earliest spring mound debut for Hernandez in several seasons, as he begins gearing up for both his participation in the World Baseball Classic for Team Venezuela, and his role as the Mariners' Opening Day starter against the Astros on Apr. 3. Hernandez threw a total of 27 pitches and reported everything went off without a hitch. He'll look to bounce back from a so-so 11-8 record and 3.82 ERA in 2016, with the victory total his lowest since the 2008 season and the ERA representing his highest since the 2007 campaign.

Felix Hernandez
SP SEA
1 week ago

Hernandez, who has notably added muscle to his frame this offseason, is determined to improve on what he considered an average 2016 season, Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reports. "I've got to prove people wrong," he said. "I feel fine. I'm healthy and that's the main thing."

EDGE Analysis

The former Cy Young winner posted a respectable 11-8 record and 3.82 ERA over 25 starts last season, but given the bar he'd set over 11 previous campaigns, those numbers were somewhat lackluster. The drive to bounce back fueled an intense offseason workout regimen that has impressively increased his body weight from 207 to a more muscular 224. New York-based trainer Glenn Freeman, who already works with the likes of Hernandez's teammates Robinson Cano and Nelson Cruz, spearheaded Hernandez's transformation, which consisted of a varied routine that included weights, medicine balls and elastic bands and had a defined goal of attempting to get the 31-year-old's velocity back into the 93-94 mph range. The Mariners ace trained with Freeman before and after two Venezuelan Winter League starts and up to approximately one week ago. With Hernandez also slated to pitch for Team Venezuela in the World Baseball Classic, he started his throwing program earlier than usual this offseason, and he'll likely begin bullpen sessions within a few days. He's scheduled to make two Cactus League starts and pitch a total of four innings before WBC play begins on Mar. 10th, and has already been named Seattle's Opening Day starter.

Felix Hernandez
SP SEA
2 weeks ago

Hernandez, who has been named the Mariners' Opening Day starter, will play for Team Venezuela in the WBC, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

The veteran ace, who first participated in the second WBC in 2009, will make his return after having skipped the 2013 edition of the tournament. He'll be part of a talented pool of pitchers that includes the Red Sox' Eduardo Rodriguez, the Cubs' Hector Rondon and the Rangers' Martin Perez, with the exact extent of his workload still to be determined. The 30-year-old will once again helm the Seattle pitching staff in 2017 while attempting to bounce back from the serviceable but below-standard 11-8 record and 3.82 ERA he generated last season.

Felix Hernandez
SP SEA
1 month ago

Hernandez will be the Mariners' Opening Day starter, MLB.com's Greg Johns reports.

EDGE Analysis

No surprise here, as the former AL Cy Young Award winner is clearly still Seattle's ace. He'll be looking for something of a rebound season in 2017, as he has finished the last two seasons with an ERA north of 3.50 following a 2014 season where he finished with a 2.14 ERA in 236 innings over 34 starts.

Felix Hernandez
SP SEA
5 months ago

Hernandez allowed three runs on four hits across just three innings in Sunday's loss to the Athletics. He struck out three.

EDGE Analysis

King Felix allowed a solo homer in the first inning before yielding another pair of runs during a rally in the third, and he was pulled from the game after throwing just 47 pitches. Hernandez will finish the season with pedestrian numbers by his loft standards, as he compiled a 3.82 ERA, a 1.32 WHIP and a career-low 7.2 K/9 rate. He dealt with various injuries in 2016, so he will look to put the year behind him and head into 2017 fully healthy and ready for a bounce-back campaign.

Felix Hernandez
SP SEA
5 months ago

Hernandez allowed eight runs (four earned) on ten hits and two walks over 5.2 innings in a loss Tuesday to Houston.

EDGE Analysis

Hernandez wasn't helped by two Seattle errors, but he was falling behind Astros hitters all night, as he threw just 16 first-pitch strikes to 29 batters. He hasn't been his sharpest to close the season, as Hernandez has given up four or more runs in five of his past seven starts. His ERA is up to 3.71, which would be his worst mark since he posted a 3.92 ERA as a 21-year-old in 2007.

Felix Hernandez
SP SEA
5 months ago

Hernandez threw seven innings of no-run ball, allowing just two hits and three walks while striking out four in an extra-inning victory over the Blue Jays on Wednesday.

EDGE Analysis

The right-hander has been hot and cold as of late. In two of his last five starts, he threw at least six shutout innings, but in the other three outings, Hernandez gave up at least five runs. He's walked quite a few lately, posting a 5.0 BB/9 rate in those latest five starts. Fortunately, his three free passes didn't plague him Wednesday. Hernandez is 11-6 with a 3.61 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and 116 strikeouts in 144.2 innings this season. He will pitch next on Tuesday against Houston.

Felix Hernandez
SP SEA
5 months ago

Hernandez (11-6) lost after allowing six runs (five earned) on eight hits -- including two home runs -- in 4.1 innings Friday against the Astros. He walked three and struck out three.

EDGE Analysis

Hernandez allowed multiple home runs for the second time in three September starts, but luckily for him nobody was on base for either one. The 30-year-old has struggled lately, allowing at least five earned runs in three of his past four starts, causing his ERA to rise to 3.79. Most of his peripherals have trended in the wrong direction this year, as his 1.2 HR/9, 3.9 BB/9 and 7.3 K/9 are all the worst of his career, resulting in a career-worst 4.72 FIP. He'll look to right the ship in Wednesday's home start against the Blue Jays.