No place like Houston
Due to the lack of anything really positive happening last week, I decided to extend the week by one day, mainly to include a real highlight.
Last weeks segment features tonight’s win, Felix Hernandez‘s 100th of his professional career.
The Mariners, fresh off a whooping in Arlington over the weekend, headed into Houston to take on the Astros.
The media reports have been swirling, and several fans have already threatened to jump ship. We’re not even into May and people are already counting this team out. But who can blame them really?
We were promised a better future, and we will see that future one day. But the month of April doesn’t seem to have us any closer to a .500 finish than we were the past three years.
And then Monday happened
Felix took the mound with an early one nothing lead. That can mean only one thing; trouble to the opposing hitters.
All of this happened at the precise time for a struggling Mariners team.
Teams used to wish to visit Seattle when they were slumping. We now know the other side of that feeling. Houston has been the doormat of the NL for almost as long as the M’s have been in the AL.
I’m not saying that we will go on and win out for the rest of the year, but it sure is nice to be able to sit back and enjoy a baseball game for once.
Felix shines again
Felix Hernandez struck out 9 Astros en route to career win number 100, and win number two on the young season.
He was yanked after the 6th after throwing 93 pitches, and appeared to have suffered some sort of tightness, probably from going hard after a ground ball early in the game.
Whatever the cause, it didn’t seem to be as bad as the one that Franklin Gutierrez suffered. Guti was pulled off the field after diving for a ball in center. When he came up, it appeared he was holding his hamstring, which is never a good injury to have.
Here is the video up on Mariners.com from the win Monday night mlb.com