Felix Hernandez Makes Record Comeback After Illness

by Clayton Richer | Posted on Wednesday, April 27th, 2016
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The weekend has been a mixed ride for starting pitcher Felix Hernandez; having initially missed out on the game against the Angels Friday night due to a suspected flu bug, the 30 year old then came back Saturday and smashed a Mariners club record.

When the news hit Friday that Hisashi Iwakuma would replace the pitcher that evening, all speculation was focused to whether the seasoned Seattle ace would be fit enough for a game against the Angels the following evening. Even though teammates Iwakuma and 23 year old Taijuan Walker were on hand to step up to the place should Hernandez need several days out, there was no escaping that the team’s rotation would lack impact. Fortunately for those fans using Betway’s betting markets for the Saturday match, Hernandez returned in great form, striking out Rafael Ortega during the first innings.

This exceptional swing enabled the adept pitcher to achieve a team strikeout record, and therefore surpassing Randy Johnson as the Mariners’ strikeout leader. Arguably what made the achievement all the more satisfying was that it was against the Angels, a team that has systematically watched many of its batters taken out by the Venezuelan player.

Sadly however, despite reaching an impressive 2,166 strikeouts total, the record breaking didn’t manage to help the Seattle club beat the Angels who, with center fielder Mike Trout, managed to put a dampener on the nights events. The 24 year old put a stop to any chances of Hernandez getting 145th victory by smashing a 435 feet two-run shot. This sixth innings opportunity brought the Los Angeles Angels to a 4-2 win when the match ended, leaving the Mariners reeling after such an excellent start to the game.

Having started the game with a career average of .354 against Felix Hernandez, Trout managed to increase his average to .368, further cementing his record of having the highest career average of players with 50 bats against Hernandez currently playing. Now that the stakes between the two players has become even more heated, it’s likely that popular bookmakers will see an added intensity in odds and betting in matches between the Mariners and Angels in the future. The Mariners managed to win 9-4 against the Angels on Sunday, a triumph that must have been gratifying for Hernandez and his team, however with mid May the next time when the pair clash once more, both avid and casual fans of the sport will wait with bated breath.

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Clayton Richer is an MLB scribe from north of the border with a slight bias for the Toronto Blue Jays. Clayton has also been the shop-keeper at Baseball Hot Corner since the sites inception in 2012. Follow and interact with Clayton on Twitter @MLBHotCorner or @ClaytonRicher







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