88 home runs this seaso

88 home runs this seaso
10 sie 2018 - 04:32:53
The good King or the bad King?

That is the question for the Seattle Mariners and those in attendance Thursday night at Safeco Field for the opener of a four-game series with the Boston Red Sox.

Will they get to see the Felix Hernandez who went a season-high eight innings in his last home start against Tampa Bay http://www.cowboysauthorizedshops.com/authentic-jihad-ward-jersey , giving up just one run on five hits with one walk and seven strikeouts?

Or will it be the King Felix who lasted just three innings on the road Saturday against those same Rays, getting tagged for six runs (five earned) on seven hits to a team that had lost eight straight games?

?He threw the ball very well and got very good results the last time out (at home),? Mariners manager Scott Servais said after Saturday?s 7-3 loss. ?But the key in this league is being consistent and going out there every start and giving your team a chance to win. And we were behind the eight ball after the third inning. I just want to see consistency and giving us a chance to win. And he does, too.

?Felix?s stuff wasn?t as good (Sunday). It was evident right from the get-go. The life on the fastball really wasn?t there. It?s not all about velocity. It?s about locating it. And that wasn?t really on either.?

Hardly a ringing endorsement for a six-time All-Star and the American League?s 2010 Cy Young Award winner.

King Felix is 6-5 this season with a career-worst 5.70 ERA. He has given up four or more runs in five of his past seven starts.

?I was making some good pitches and they had some hits that found some holes and there?s nothing I could do about that,? Hernandez said in his own defense Saturday. ?I think I had pretty good stuff, they just put a lot of balls in play, just a little bit of tough luck. I was a little bit up, but I think I was making good pitches.?

Maybe catcher Mike Zunino put it best Robbie Grossman Minnesota Twins Jersey , telling The Seattle Times: ?There?s been games where his velocity may not have been that high, but if he locates he can get away with stuff.?

Opposing pitchers haven?t gotten away with much against the Red Sox, who lead the American League East.

Outfielder Mookie Betts, who returned Monday from a stint on the 10-day disabled list with a left abdominal strain, leads the league with a .352 batting average and an on-base plus slugging percentage of 1.171. Teammate J.D. Martinez is second to the Los Angeles Angels? Mike Trout with 22 homers and is third in the league, behind Betts and Trout, with a 1.033 OPS.

Betts hit his first home run since coming off the disabled list Wednesday in a 5-1 victory that gave the Red Sox a sweep of Baltimore.

?I?ve done everything that I pretty much do, and I passed the test Josh Rosen Color Rush Jersey ,? said Betts, who didn?t have the benefit of a minor league rehabilitation assignment. ?Just trying to ride this wave.?

Hernandez is 8-4 with a 4.01 ERA in 19 career starts against Boston.

The Red Sox will counter with left-hander David Price (7-4, 4.00 ERA), who is 5-0 in his past six starts overall.

Price is 3-1 with a 2.62 ERA in seven career starts against Seattle.

LOS ANGELES ? The third start of Madison Bumgarner?s return to the San Francisco Giants? rotation after a broken finger will take the left-hander to a mound where he knows success.

Bumgarner will square off with Dodgers left-hander Alex Wood in the middle game of a three-game series on Saturday at Dodger Stadium.

It is a venue Bumgarner knows well, having pitched there 18 times, 17 of which have been starts. He has a career 2.31 ERA in L.A. and gave up just one run in two starts in the Dodgers? home park last season.

Add in the fact that the rivalry game will be televised nationally and all the elements to shine appear to be in place for Bumgarner (0-1, 4.76 ERA), who showed his feisty side in an outing earlier this week at Miami when he was ejected upon departing the game.

?My stuff is good enough to get people out right now; I?ve just got to execute DaeSean Hamilton Color Rush Jersey ,? Bumgarner told mlb.com after he was ejected for giving a piece of his mind to home-plate umpire Jeremie Rehak.

The mild-mannered Wood (1-5, 4.43) might be ready to show an edgier side as well. The left-hander has given up a combined 15 runs (13 earned) in his last three starts and has pitched just 11 innings in those outings.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts has already been asked if Wood is in danger of losing his starting spot, but he remains confident in the All-Star from a year ago. But left-hander Rich Hill (blister) looks close to a return from the disabled list after a solid minor league rehab start and could possibly force Wood from the rotation.

To Wood?s credit, he has remained confident, not sounding like a pitcher who needs to prove himself against the Giants on Saturday.

?There?s a lot of baseball left to be played,? Wood said, according to the Los Angeles Times. ?I can promise you that, when we get down that stretch Tarvarius Moore Color Rush Jersey , I?ll be playing my best baseball of the year.?

As a team, the Dodgers (36-32) are doing just that. For a month, the defending National League champions have looked more like the team that roared into the 2017 World Series, only to lose in seven games to the Houston Astros.

The Dodgers will enter Saturday having won 10 of their 12 games in June while posting a 20-6 record since May 17. They hit two more home runs Friday and now have 32 in June, by far the most in baseball during the month. They lead the NL with 88 home runs this season.

When that 20-6 run began, the Dodgers were in fourth place in the NL West, eight games back, and the Giants were in third place http://www.seahawksauthorizedshops.com/authentic-michael-dickson-jersey , and four games back.

After the Dodgers? 3-2 victory over the Giants on Friday, L.A. was in second place, 2 1/2 games back, and the Giants (34-36) were in fourth place, 5 1/2 games back and just a half game in front of the last-place San Diego Padres.

Pablo Sandoval homered Friday night for the Giants, who fell to 3-5 on their three-city, 10-game road trip.

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