Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Marlins to face the King

Felix Hernandez, aka King Felix, faces the Florida Marlins tonight. After easily cruising through the first game against the Mariners, the Marlins will face a much bigger challenge tonight. The 22-year old fireballer has been almost unhittable with his fastball consistently in the mid-upper 90's. In his last 3 starts, he has not allowed an earned run in 21 innings of work. In fact, in his last 10 starts, he has allowed over 7 hits only once.

It'll take a solid effort from Marlins hurler Scott Olsen tonight to keep the Mariners offense where they've been pretty much this whole season, in the cellar. Olsen has been equally impressive as of late, despite his 0-1 record through those 3 games. He's only allowed 4 runs on 14 hits in his last 19 innings of work.

It sets up to be a great pitcher's battle, and the added confines of pitcher-friendly Safeco Field plus the cooler temperatures in the upper 40's all add up to what should be a great duel.

1 comment:

ASponge said...

Scott Olsen has been the tough luck starter of late. He always seems to get the difficult matchup. He pretty much stayed toe-to-toe with Moyer last time...he will have to be on top of his game.

Very informative post, thanks!