Game 117, Royals at Mariners
RHP Runelvys Hernandez vs. RHP “King” Felix Hernandez, 7:05pm. FSN & KOMO.
When these two Hernandezes (or is that Hernandi?) get together, you may as well throw out the record books — they flatout do not like each other.
Runelvys, who I still think of as a “young pitcher” despite that we’re the same age, is eight years older than Felix. When he was Felix’s age, he hadn’t even signed his first professional contract with the Royals yet. Think about that. After signing in December 1997, he spent three years in the Dominican Summer League before breaking into full season ball in 2001, at the age of 23. By the time Felix turns 23, he’ll probably have 50 big league wins under his belt.
3B The Ignitor
One of the weirdest lineups of the season, for reasons we’re beating to death in the comments.
Roster moves: C Miguel Ojeda and OF Jamal Strong are up from Tacoma. C Wiki Gonzalez is back to Tacoma.
“You know you’re having a bad season when…” Department: 3B coach Jeff Newman is out for the season with a torn ACL. 1B coach Carlos Garcia will take his place the rest of the way, with minor league roving instructor Mike Goff “called up” to take over at first.