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Seattle Mariners' Offense, Bullpen Lets Down Felix Hernandez: A Fan's Reaction

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Felix Hernandez pitched an absolute gem for the Seattle Mariners on Thursday (April 19), but still failed to pick up a win. Hernandez went 8 innings, striking out 12 Cleveland Indians without giving up a run. He allowed only six base runners on the night, and gave the Mariners a great chance to win the game.

It just didn't happen, though, as the offense let him down and then closer Brandon League blew the game in the ninth inning.

It was the second consecutive game where Hernandez pitched brilliantly but couldn't get a win for his efforts. That last start, coming against the Oakland Athletics on April 13, turned into a 4-0 loss when the offense once again failed to show up. The bullpen wasn't any better in that game, giving up late runs that helped the Athletics add a cushion to the 2-0 lead they had when Hernandez exited the field.

In all honesty, Hernandez should have a 4-0 record this year after giving up just three runs total in the three games he has not won. He should have started the season 1-0 after going eight innings and allowing one run during his start in Japan (March 28), but the offense couldn't find a way to score runs until the extra frames. This all leads to the question of exactly how long that smile will stay on his face as the franchise continues to lose games that he pitches. It's a definite way to get trade rumors started about Hernandez going to a contender.

Through four starts, Hernandez has a 2.76 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and 31 strikeouts. He has only one win to show for it, though, once again setting up a situation where he could fail to reach 15 wins for the season. This is his eighth season in Major League Baseball and Hernandez has only won 15 games in a season one time. That is despite starting 209 games in that span and pitching 1417 2/3 innings. He is the type of pitcher who could get inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, yet could get kept out if he never reaches 200 wins.

The offense has got to start performing more consistently or Hernandez is going to want out of Seattle. He may enjoy playing for the Mariners at the moment, but the time is going to come (soon) when he can't take the losing any longer.

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*Ryan is a lifelong Seattle Mariners fan who never misses an opportunity to attend a game at Safeco Field. He has been attending games since 1985, and has fond memories of The Kingdome, Edgar Martinez, and the historic 1995 team. Sodo Mojo!

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