Game 107, The King Is Here
As everyone knows by now, King Felix makes his major league debut today, becoming the first teenage pitcher to start a major league game since Todd Van Poppel in 1991. That’s a bit of a chilling sentence, but the fact is that Felix Hernandez is the best pitcher in the organization right now. His command is still a problem, but his stuff is so good that it won’t stop him from being effective.
The M’s have been hard to watch for 24 months. We’ve gotten bad news on top of bad news this week, as the club hoped to turn the focus to the future but instead has had to deal with a steroid suspension and yet another arm injury. But Felix is our glimmer of hope. He’s something to genuinely get excited about, a reason to watch the games, incentive to go to the ballpark.
From the all-star break of 2003 to the present, the Mariners have been a depressing cloud of disappointment. Today brings the hope of something better.
All Hail the King. Long Live the King.