July 10, 2003 · Filed Under Mariners · Comments Off on  

Speaking of people who are at it again, ladies and gentleman, Felix Hernandez is the man.

Coming into tonight’s start against Tri-City, he’d tossed 12 innings, allowed 9 hits, 1 run, walked 5, and struck out 17. That’s a 0.75 ERA. His ERA would have led the league had he qualified, and he was tied for the league lead in wins. In 3 appearances, he’d won 3 games. Doesn’t get much better than that.

Well, apparently, it does. Hernandez tonight:

5 innings, 1 hit, 0 runs, 2 walks, 9 strikeouts. That brings his season ERA to 0.53, folks. His K/9 is now 13.76, second only in the NWL to Rich Hill, who is 23-years-old. Hernandez is 6 years younger than Hill.

The M’s have a legitimate phenom on their hands. You don’t want to get too excited about performances in short-season leagues, but this kid is for real.