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Seattle Mariners v Oakland Athletics

This year in Seattle, things were going to be different. The Mariners front office had enough of the lackluster offense. They had enough stranding Felix Hernandez on an island with no food, water, or run support.

The Mariners went deep into the world of run prevention and, after one surprise nice season, saw the other side of that coin. The desolation turned off fans, who stopped coming out to the ballpark in the same numbers as before.

This year would be different. The Mariners cast their established model of “defense and pitching in a gigantic ballpark” in a two-fold move. First, they made the gigantic ballpark smaller! Then, they changed the makeup of their club, bringing in a parade of DH-type players and veteran sluggers. The result: the Mariners are right back where they started, with a feeble offense and a fourth place finish in their sights.

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Seattle Mariners v Oakland Athletics

Another day, another ho-hum eight innings of one-run ball. Only six strikeouts and he did allow a walk and a five hits, all in service of a 2-1 Mariners win over the Pirates in Pittsburgh today. I think he’s finally slipping.

According to Fangraphs, this outing brings his season ERA down to 1.53, his FIP down to 2.16. It does shrink his strikeout to walk ratio down to a pedestrian 56/8. He’s slipping, obviously.

Matching Felix pitch for pitch today was A.J. Burnett, who allowed two runs and walked four but managed to strikeout nine Mariners. Both pitchers posted identical game sores of 70, which isn’t Matt Harvey but it ain’t Mike Leake, either.

This many Ks!

This many Ks!

At some point every day during the baseball season, I look at the scheduled starters for that night’s games. As the season wears on, the matchups all sort of blur together. Off days and skipped starts all conspire to distribute the quality pitchers evenly through the league. For the first few weeks, many rotations remained lined up so that one team’s number one starter tends to match up against the other team’s number one, or at least something close.

Last night, the matchup of Felix Hernandez and the Seattle Mariners hosting Max Scherzer of the Detroit Tigers presented the most mouth-watering affair of the inning. The King’s Court in full effect while strikeout master Scherzer gets to buzz through the Mariners lineup. On paper, it had the makings of a great game.

Amazingly, the effort put forth by Felix and Scherzer exceeded any and all expectations. The Tigers sub-ace was dominant, striking out Mariners with extreme prejudice. Felix was just as good, if not better. Both men went eight strong innings, striking out 12 batters apiece while surrendering just a single run each. Felix’s run wasn’t even earned!

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That is pretty large animal to cast in a commercial like this. W.C. Fields doesn’t know what he’s missing (mostly because he’s long dead.) Seeing a buffalo (or is it a bison) on Getting Blanked means only one thing: today is Seattle Mariners commercial day also known as the best day of the Hardball Talkin’ year!

The first post-Ichiro Mariners commercial day does not disappoint, largely because King Felix aka Larry Bernandez is just SO DAMN LIKEABLE*.

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Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Seattle Mariners

Well, I don’t think many around the baseball world saw this coming, but that huge contract the Mariners and Felix Hernandez agreed on may have hit a snag, according to Buster Olney.

The deal, which Drew covered the other day, would have seen the 26-year-old right-hander make $175 million over the next seven years. The extension would have officially been a five-year, $135.5 million deal that would start in the 2015 season. Hernandez’s current deal with the Mariners has two years remaining on the contract worth $39.5 million.

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PLATINUM JETPACKS FOR ALL!

PLATINUM JETPACKS FOR ALL!

Welp. The Seattle Mariners are really going all in on this whole “keep Felix in Seattle forever” thing as Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports the Mariners and their King are on the verge of announcing a seven-year, $175 million contract extension, though nothing is official quite yet.

The reported deal makes Felix Hernandez one of the highest paid players on an annual average income basis as well as the life of his deal.

Wow.

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Ken Rosenthal is the best baseball reporter working today. He is diligent and respected and gets it right more often than not. He does a thankless job well when he takes his turn as the sideline reporter for Fox and seems affable and self-aware on twitter.

He is also very good at spending other people’s money it seems. Within the last 48 hours, Kenny Rosenthal has committed a quarter billion dollars to Felix Hernandez and Buster Posey in the hypothetical world.

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