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Felix Hernandez | Starting Pitcher | #34

Team: Seattle Mariners
Age / DOB:  (30) / 4/8/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 225
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2002 / UDFA / SEA
Contract: view contract details

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Felix Hernandez was on his game in Venezuela's World Baseball Classic loss to the United States on Wednesday, firing off five scoreless innings.
Hernandez and Drew Smyly were locked into a fun little pitcher's duel on Wednesday. For his part, King Felix scattered three hits and struck out three without walking a batter. He is looking to improve on a 2016 season in which he posted a 3.82 ERA in 25 starts. A sign of his consistent greatness -- that was his highest earned run mark since 2007. Mar 16 - 12:23 AM

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Felix Hernandez pitched fairly well in Friday's loss to Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic, allowing two runs (one earned) on two hits in 2 2/3 innings.

The veteran right-hander struck out three and walked two on the night. All of the damage against him came in the third inning, on a sacrifice fly by T.J. Rivera and a bases loaded walk to Carlos Beltran. He was sitting in the low 90s with his fastball on Friday, a bump up from the 90.5 mph that he averaged during the 2016 season.
Mar 11 - 12:03 AM

Felix Hernandez yielded two earned runs in three innings Sunday in a Cactus League start versus the A's.

He struck out five and walked none, but Ryon Healy hit an RBI double in the top of the first and Mark Canha followed with an RBI single. Hernandez will now report to duty for Team Venezuela in the World Baseball Classic, having allowed three runs in five Cactus League frames.
Mar 5 - 5:35 PM

Felix Hernandez allowed one run over two innings Tuesday in his Cactus League debut versus the White Sox.

Hernandez gave up three hits, including an RBI double with two outs in the bottom of the second inning. The important thing is his velocity looked good: he hit 92 mph with his fastball in the first, after averaging 90.5 mph with that pitch during his relatively disappointing 2016 season. King Felix will soon depart Mariners camp for World Baseball Classic duty with Team Venezuela.
Feb 28 - 4:13 PM

Felix Hernandez said Tuesday in Mariners camp that he is back up at 224 pounds.

Hernandez, officially listed at 225 pounds, dropped down to 207 pounds heading into last season and wound up with a relatively disappointing 3.82 ERA, 1.32 WHIP, and 122/65 K/BB ratio in 153 1/3 innings. So he decided to cultivate some mass this winter. "I've got to prove people wrong," the buffed-up Seattle ace told reporters Tuesday.
Feb 14 - 5:14 PM

Mariners manager Scott Servais announced Thursday that Felix Hernandez will be the club's Opening Day starter on April 3 against the Astros.

Hernandez posted a relatively disappointing 3.82 ERA, 1.32 WHIP, and 122/65 K/BB ratio in 153 1/3 innings last season for Seattle, but he remains the ace of this staff leading into 2017. The 30-year-old right-hander is due $81.6 million from the Mariners on a contract that runs through 2019.
Jan 26 - 2:40 PM

Felix Hernandez has concluded his Winter League season with his hometown Magallanes team after they were eliminated from the postseason.

He could have opted to put his name in the draft which is held to allocate players from eliminated teams to the remaining postseason contenders, but Hernandez didn't want to pitch for any other club. The veteran right-hander threw 63 pitches in his final start, allowing a pair of runs on two hits and two walks in the first inning then firing three perfect innings before departing. He opted to pitch in winter ball to build up his arm strength prior to the World Baseball Classic, where he'll pitch for Venezuela.
Fri, Dec 30, 2016 09:31:00 PM

Felix Hernandez is scheduled to go two innings in his debut Thursday night with Navegantes del Magallanes of the Venezuelan Winter League.

It will be his first live appearance in his native country since 2003, when he was 17 years old. King Felix is only expected to pitch a handful of times for Navegantes del Magallanes as he readies to represent Venezuela in the 2017 World Baseball Classic. The 30-year-old right-hander posted a relatively disappointing 3.82 ERA, 1.32 WHIP, and 122/65 K/BB ratio in 153 1/3 innings last season with the Mariners.
Thu, Dec 22, 2016 02:47:00 PM

Felix Hernandez is planning to pitch for Navegantes del Magallanes of the Venezuelan Winter League in late December.

It'll be his first time pitching in his native Venezuela since 2003, when Felix was 17 years old and just beginning his professional baseball career. Hernandez will probably only appear in a handful of games for Navegantes del Magallanes, using the experience as prep for the Winter Baseball Classic and the 2017 MLB season. The 30-year-old right-hander finished 2016 with a disappointing 3.82 ERA, 1.32 WHIP, and 122/65 K/BB ratio in 153 1/3 innings.
Tue, Nov 15, 2016 06:10:00 PM

Felix Hernandez allowed three earned runs over just three innings Sunday in a loss to the Athletics.

Stephen Vogt hit a solo home run in the top of the first inning and the A's added two more runs via RBI singles in the top of the third. It was only a 47-pitch outing for Hernandez, who finishes the 2016 season with a relatively disappointing 3.82 ERA, 1.32 WHIP, and 122/65 K/BB ratio in 153 1/3 innings. He's due $25.9 million in 2017.
Sun, Oct 2, 2016 05:48:00 PM

Felix Hernandez gave up 10 hits and eight runs -- four earned -- over 5 2/3 innings in Tuesday's loss to the Astros.

King Felix allowed two runs out of the gate but settled in after that, hurling four scoreless frames before the fateful six-run sixth inning. Hernandez got himself into some trouble in that inning, but a two-out error by first baseman Adam Lind prolonged the inning and paved the way for four more unearned runs to cross the plate before the bleeding stopped. The loss dropped the 30-year-old to 11-7 with a 3.71 ERA through 24 starts. His last start of the 2016 season will come Sunday against the Athletics.
Wed, Sep 28, 2016 12:29:00 AM

Felix Hernandez took a no-decision but pitched stupendously in Wednesday's 2-1, 12-inning win over the Blue Jays, firing seven innings of two-hit, shutout ball.

King Felix wasn't striking out batters left and right (he finished with four whiffs on the afternoon) and he struggled with his control at times (he walked three), but no matter. This was a clutch performance in a big spot as the Mariners cling to hope for a late Wild Card run. The veteran hurler finished his seven innings of work having thrown 112 pitches, 64 for strikes. Hernandez holds a 3.61 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and 116/63 K/BB ratio across 144 2/3 innings for the season as a whole. Up next on the docket is a potentially huge road date with the Astros.
Wed, Sep 21, 2016 08:13:00 PM

Felix Hernandez had an off night Friday, giving up six runs -- five earned -- in 4 1/3 innings against the Astros.

There's no good time to give up six runs, but that the Mariners were shut out completely tonight suggests they were going to lose this one even if Hernandez pitched reasonably well. Unfortunately, Hernandez is making a habit of giving up six runs; he's done so in three of his last four starts, taking his ERA from 3.14 to 3.79. The Mariners are going to need him to step it up.
Sat, Sep 17, 2016 01:58:00 AM

Felix Hernandez picked up his 11th victory of the season on Saturday, allowing just six hits over six shutout innings against the Athletics.

The veteran right-hander struck out two while walking one on the afternoon. The M's offense staked him to a big early lead, and all Hernandez had to do was throw strikes and cruise to victory. While the strikeout numbers are down this season, he still sports a very respectable 3.58 ERA and 1.28 WHIP over 133 1/3 innings. He'll look to carry over this fine effort when he squares off against the Astros at home on Friday.
Sat, Sep 10, 2016 10:32:00 PM

Felix Hernandez beat the Rangers despite giving up six runs in 5 2/3 innings on Monday.

It's the first time since 2012 and just the second time since 2007 that Hernandez has won while giving up five or more runs. The score was 8-6 when he exited today, but the Mariners offense added on six runs in the bottom of the sixth and went on to win 14-6. It leaves Hernandez 10-5 with a 3.75 ERA.
Mon, Sep 5, 2016 08:30:00 PM

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Starting Pitcher
S1Felix Hernandez
2Hisashi Iwakuma
3James Paxton
4Drew Smyly
5Yovani Gallardo
6Ariel Miranda
7Chris Heston
8Robert Whalen
9Dillon Overton
Relief Pitcher
R1Edwin Diaz
2Steve Cishek
3Marc Rzepczynski
4Nick Vincent
5Evan Scribner
6Daniel Altavilla
7Casey Fien
8Tony Zych
9Shae Simmons
10Jonathan Aro
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