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MINNEAPOLIS – Really, there was no other choice for John Farrell. Sure Max Scherzer has been outstanding and Yu Darvish has been good as well, but no pitcher was more deserving to start Tuesday’s all-star game than Felix Hernandez.
“There are many deserving candidates to be the starter of this team,” Farrell said. “But given what he’s done over his long successful career, what he’s doing this year, it’s an honor to name Felix our starter for tomorrow.”
With his son, Jeremy, seated next to him on the stage, Hernandez was all smiles, thanking Farrell for the opportunity.
“It’s an honor to be here to be part of this,” he said. “It’s always. I’ve just have to go out there and do what I have to do, throw zeroes out there and help my team to win.”
Farrell, the manger of the American League all-star team, announced that the Mariners’ ace would make the start at Monday’s annual press conference.
Hernandez has been stellar for the Mariners this season. He’s 11-2 in 20 starts with a 2.12 earned run average. In 144 1/3 innings pitched, he’s struck out 154 batters, walked just 25 and allowed just five homers.
In his last 11 starts, he’s pitched seven or more innings and allowed two or less runs. It’s the longest single season streak of those starts since Gaylord Perry did it in 1974. In those 11 starts, he’s 7-1 with a 1.48 ERA.
Hernandez is the first Venezuelan pitcher to start the all-star game.
“To be the first Venezuelan guy, it’s something special,” he said.
Here’s the American League starting line-up that will play behind Felix.