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Mariners Noon Number: King Felix resumes his rightful throne

June 24, 2017

Felix Hernandez struck out six over six innings and allowed three runs on eight his and one walk to lead the Seattle Mariners over the A.L. West-leading Houston Astros 13-3 on Friday at Safeco.

Hernandez wasn’t spectacular, but he was solid in his return from the disabled list with a bout of bursitis in his pitching shoulder. He gave up a couple of hard hit balls early, including Jose Altuve’s 11th home run of the season and a double into the right-field corner by Carlos Beltran.

Alex Bregman popped his eighth of the campaign off The King in the fifth, but it was on a good pitch, down in the zone. The youngster just went down and put a good swing on it.

Hernandez isn’t the pitch he once was – not by a longshot. But he is still big league quality, which for the M’s in the first half of the season has been a luxury. It’s amazing that they still in a position to be competitive considering the sheer number of pitchers they’ve had to trot out in the first 2 1/2 months of the season.

Getting their staff leader back a couple of weeks after James Paxton reestablished himself in the rotation does wonders to stretch the staff out. Andrew Moore looked every bit ready to join them in his audition on Thursday, and Ariel Miranda has been a revelation thus far. Maybe some day we’ll even see Drew SMyly pitch in a Mariners uniform.

Wouldn’t that be something?