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Felix is a Beast
Posted by Jason Thornbury at 4/12/2007 9:53:00 AM
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Hope you all caught Felix Hernandez's game last night. If not, I'm sure it'll be on ESPN Classic soon as it was definitely an Instant Classic. To say he dominated is way too trite. Forget the one hit allowed for a second. The Red Sox got just three balls out of the infield. Other than the two he walked, Felix went to three balls on only two batters. He allowed only four balls to be hit in the air, one of which was an infield pop-up, another a weak line drive. Not one runner advanced past first base.

I was in the Kingdome for one of Randy Johnson's 19-strikeout games, which was amazing fun. But this was different. The Unit overwhelmed batters. Felix didn't just blow it past batters, he pitched with a crafty precision, which left the Red Sox helplessly baffled. The 99-mph fastball followed by a devastating curve or his 92-mph slider with a mid-80s changeup mixed in. It was unreal.

For those scoring at home, that's 2 starts, 17 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 4 BB, 18 K, 29 GB, 4 FB, 1 XBH, 3 runners to reach second (one on a passed ball), 1 runner to reach third, 4 batters faced over the minimum, a 0.75 BAA, 6 three-ball counts. And he's 21.


Honestly, I thought Felix produced more of the "omigod I'm tingly, gotta go check the entire Seattle schedule now" feeling on opening day. Not that I'm complaining, he brought it Wednesday, too, and in a harder place to do it.
Posted by spianow at 4/12/2007 8:48:00 PM
Too bad the rest of the Seattle offense is awful. It's amazing they're above .500 (before tonight) with a team batting line of .187/.228/.303.
Posted by bscwik at 4/13/2007 8:11:00 PM

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