Game 45, Padres at Mariners
Chan Ho Park vs Felix Hernandez at 1:05 pm.
Don’t look now, but Chan Ho Park is having a hell of a year. He’s throwing strikes, missing bats, and keeping the ball in the yard, all leading to a 3.27 ERA in 52 1/3 innings. While he’s seemingly been around forever, he’s only 32 years old, and pitching in PETCO may be just what the doctor ordered to revive his career.
Of course, Chan Ho Park will have only a minimal impact on who wins the game today. The victor will essentially be crowned by the King. If we get Good Felix, the one who is mixing pitches, throwing strikes, and getting ground balls, the Padres aren’t going to muster any offense. If we get Bad Felix, who misses high in the strike zone, works slowly, and throws predictable pitch sequences, they’ll jump on him early.
Let’s hope for Good Felix.