Baseball Odds: King Felix Hernandez Day in Toronto
It may have been a disappointing beginning to the 2015 season for both the Seattle Mariners and Toronto Blue Jays. But there hasn’t been anything disappointing about the work Felix Hernandez has done so far. Hernandez has led the Mariners to seven wins (plus-5.35 systems) in his eight starts, and this Friday, he leads Seattle into Rogers Centre to face the Jays.
Hernandez (3.37 FIP) isn’t really fairly as dominant as we’ve seen in the past, however. He’s gained from a stingy.248 BABIP, and he’s stranded a career-high 88.0 percent of base runners to keep Seattle (18-21, minus-7.23 systems) from sinking any further into the red. Also, King Felix has seen his typical fast ball slip to 91.2 mph, but he’s still striking out a healthy 9.05 batters per 9 innings.
The Jays (18-24, minus-7.31 devices) react with Marco Estrada, who visited from the Milwaukee Makers throughout the offseason in exchange for Adam Lind. After beginning the year in the bullpen, Estrada (5.06 FIP) has actually made three starts for Toronto; the Jays lost all 3 games as underdogs, and Estrada failed to surpass 5 innings every time. That’s regardless of an extremely friendly.234 BABIP, with 84.0 percent of runners left on base.