Felix Hernandez' career has been nothing short of remarkable, and the eight-year veteran is finally starting to reach some historic numbers to prove just that.
Besides recording his 1,500 strikeout two starts ago against the Rangers, the 27-year-old had another milestone in mind as he approached Monday night's game in Houston. One that had eluded the King in his past three starts.
For Hernandez, it turned out that four times was the charm as he cruised through six scoreless innings against the Astros to get the win, the 100th of his career.
Though he pitched well enough to earn a win in his prior three starts, the woeful Mariners offense didn't give him the support he needed as the team lost each game by one run.
On this night however, Seattle's bats came alive totaling seven runs on 12 hits, which was more than enough for Hernandez. His nine strikeouts didn't hurt the M's chance of winning much either.
In picking up the victory, Felix became just the third Seattle pitcher to reach the 100-win plateau, joining two all-time Mariner greats in Randy Johnson and Jamie Moyer.
As impressive as this milestone is, it's hard not to imagine where that win total would be sitting if Hernandez had a different name on the front of his uniform, as it's no secret that the Mariners offense shows a lack of support to say the least.
Nevertheless, the King is in full reign as he evened his season record out at 2-2 and saw his ERA lower to 1.82 for the year. His 37 strikeouts are also third in all of the majors, only trailing Yu Darvish by one for the AL lead.
Though it may have taken him a lot longer than expected to reach No. 100, there's still seemingly a lot left in his tank. With his talent and some potential from this young Mariners team, there's no telling where that career wins total will be at by the time King Felix hangs up his spikes for the last time.
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