Tuesday, May 24, 2005

El Cartelua Throwing Gasolina 

Joseph Yencich has an excellent writeup of Felix Hernandez' latest mastery of AAA hitters over at Inside The Park.

He ends it with a translation from Daddy Yankee song "Gasolina"...

"Be prepared for what's coming, but don't expect to be capable of handling it."

The curve is now coming in for strikes, so hitters can no longer look for the fastball. That is going to lead to a lot of frozen stares at strike three in Tacoma.

His last 6 starts show there is still some room for improvement, but with the strikeouts going up and the walks going down, he is on the path to domination.

7.0 4 0 2 9 0
1.2 3 1 1 3 4
7.0 2 0 1 8 0
7.0 2 2 4 3 3
7.0 10 1 3 5 4
5.0 4 0 4 6 1
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29.2 21 4 11 28 11

It is time to bring up this Badass. He has made his adjustment to AAA, and its going to get ugly for opponents from here on out. What better way to ease him into the majors then three more starts against the AAA hitters from Tampa Bay and Washington. Three starts in the bigs is all I'm asking, Mr. Bavasi If he's not ready, move him back down to Tacoma, and I'll be quiet.

But leaving him down in Tacoma is doing a disservice to the 2005 Mariners and their fans. We deserve our best starting rotation. We deserve a pitcher who is flat out fun to watch. We fans are prepared for what's coming and can handle it.

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