Felix Hernandez will continue his dominant run when the Seattle Mariners visit the Minnesota Twins on Monday. King Felix has been baseball’s best pitcher over his past 12 starts, going 8-0 with a 1.53 ERA. After throwing a perfect game two outings ago, there was an expectation of a drop-off (that’s not uncommon following the emotional and physical wear and tear of such an achievement). But Hernandez confounded the experts, giving up just one run in 7 2/3 innings against the Cleveland Indians.
Twins starter Liam Hendriks is simply over-matched. He’s 0-6 with a 7.06 ERA and has spent a considerable amount of time in the minor leagues this season. He was recalled recently, but it was more of the same for the hurler, who gave up four runs on six hits in five innings against the Oakland A’s. He’s never won in 13 Major League starts. Go with the Mariners at 1.57 over the Twins at 2.40.
Home field advantage won’t help the Texas Rangers in their match-up against the Tampa Bay Rays. Texas starter Derek Holland has shown signs of improvement as of late, having picked up a win in his last start, allowing three runs and five hits in seven innings against the Baltimore Orioles. But that was just his first win in five starts and his overall numbers (4.92 ERA) remain subpar. In his career, the Rays have also always given him trouble: he has a 6.49 ERA lifetime against Tampa Bay.
On the other hand, David Price is putting together Cy Young Award-worthy season. The Rays’ starter leads the Major Leagues with a 2.28 ERA and is 16-4. Last time out, he threw eight shutout innings against the Kansas City Royals. Take the Rays at 1.77 instead of the Rangers at 2.05.