Resides during the off-season in Miami, FL and Bellevue, WA...He and his wife, Sandra, have two kids, one daughter, Mia, and one son, Jeremy.
Made 15 starts, his fewest since his debut season in 2005, after missing time with a right shoulder strain…Went to the 10-day IL on 5/12 and returned on 8/24...His 71.2 innings were the fewest of his major league careerDid not start Seattle's opener to snap a string of 10 straight Opening Day starts…It was the longest active streak in the major leagues...Recorded his 2,500th career strikeout on 5/11 at BOS…Became the 36th pitcher in Major League history to reach that milestone…At 33 years, 33 days of age, was the 6th-youngest pitcher in Major League history to reach 2,500 strikeouts… He was behind only Nolan Ryan (31.101), Walter Johnson (31.197), Pedro Martinez (32.221), Tom Seaver (32.287) and Bert Blyleven (33.000)...Also became one of 12 pitchers in Major League history to record at least 2,500 strikeouts with one club…Joined Walter Johnson-WAS (3,515), Bob Gibson-STL (3,117), Steve Carlton-PHI (3,031), John Smoltz-ATL (3,011), Phil Niekro-ATL (2,912), Don Sutton-LAD (2,696), Mickey Lolich-DET (2,679), Roger ClemensBOS (2,590), Bob Feller-CLE (2,583), Tom Seaver-NYM (2,541) and Christy Mathewson-NYG (2,504)...Collected his only win in his first start of the season, allowing three runs, one earned, over 5.1 innings to beat Los Angeles (AL), 6-3, on 4/1...Dropped eight of his final 14 starts, compiling a 6.78 ERA (50 ER/66.1 IP)…The Mariners went 4-10 in these starts…His eight-game losing streak is tied for the longest of his career…Also lost eight consecutive decisions, 7/6-9/26 in 2018...Went 1-2 with a 3.57 ERA (14 ER/35.1 IP) in six home starts and 0-6 with a 9.17 ERA (37 ER/36.1 IP) in nine road starts...Made five starts on his major league rehabilitation assignment across three different levels of the Mariners system (Single-A Modesto, Single-A Everett, Triple-A Tacoma).
Totals - Went 8-14 with a 5.55 ERA (96 ER, 155.2 IP) with 125 strikeouts and 59 walks in 29 games (28 starts) with Seattle..Ring 'Em Up - With 125 strikeouts, brought his career total to 2,467 strikeouts… recorded his 2,465th career strikeout on Sept. 26 vs. Oakland, surpassing Mark Langston for the 37th-most career strikeouts all-time…since the beginning of the season, climbed from 48th on the all-time strikeouts leaderboard to 37th, surpassing Hall of Famer Robin Roberts, Charlie Hough, Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax, Kevin Brown, Hall of Famer Dennis Eckersley, Luis Tiant, Jamie Moyer, Andy Pettitte, Sam McDowell, Jim Kaat and Langston...One-Run Madness - Of the 21 decisions he received as a starter, 7 came in one-run games…those 7 decisions in one-run games tied for 3rd-most by a starter in the Majors in 2018 (also: Blake Snell-TB and Tanner Roark-WAS), behind Jameson Taillon-PIT (10) and James Paxton (8)…Hernández was 3-4 in one-run decisions as a starter...Length - Worked at least 5.0 innings in 23 of his 28 starts, including 16 starts of at least 5.0 innings pitched and 3 or fewer earned runs allowed...In Relief - Made his 1st career relief appearance on Aug. 14 at Oakland, tossing 5.2 innings while allowing 2 runs on 5 hits (1 home run) with 2 strikeouts and 2 walks…his relief appearance came after 398 consecutive Major League starts; only Mike Mussina made more career starts (498) before his 1st relief appearance (ESPN Stats & Info)...2nd Half Struggles - Made 10 appearances (9 starts) in the 2nd half, going 0-7 with a 6.44 ERA (36 ER, 50.1 IP)...DL Stint - Placed on the 10-day disabled list with lower back stiffness on July 10 (retroactive to July 8)…activated on July 21...Catching Rays - On June 3 vs. Tampa Bay, worked 8.0 innings while allowing 1 run on 5 hits and 1 walk while striking out 7…marked his 66th career start of at least 8.0 innings pitched and 1 or fewer runs allowed…since 1990, his 66 such starts rank T9th-most (also: Mike Mussina), behind Randy Johnson (94), Greg Maddux (91), Roger Clemens (83), Curt Schilling (72), Pedro Martínez (70), Roy Halladay (69) and Kevin Brown (68)...Opening Day Tidbits - Tossed 5.1 scoreless innings in the Mariners 2-1 Opening Day win vs. Cleveland on March 29, allowing just 2 hits and 2 walks while striking out 4…improved to 7-2 with a 1.52 ERA (13 ER, 76.2 IP) with 78 strikeouts in 11 career Opening Day starts… marked Hernández's 6th career Opening Day start allowing 1 or fewer runs, tied for 2ndmost all-time (also: Juan Marichal and Tom Seaver); trails only Walter Johnson (8)… lowered his career Opening Day ERA to 1.52 (13 ER, 76.2 IP), 2nd-lowest all-time among pitchers with at least 70.0 innings pitched on Opening Day (Walter Johnson, 1.31/18 ER, 124.0 IP)…now ranks 4th all-time in the Majors with 78 strikeouts on Opening Day (most: Randy Johnson, 107)…became the 7th pitcher in Major League history to record 10 consecutive Opening Day starts, the longest active streak in the Majors…is one of 14 pitchers in Major League history to make 11 Opening Day starts (most: Tom Seaver, 16).
The Totals - Was 6-5 with a 4.36 ERA (42 ER, 86.2 IP) with 78 strikeouts in 16 starts... Short Year - His 6 wins, 16 starts, 86.2 innings and 78 strikeouts were his fewest since his rookie season in 2005... Strong Return - In first 6 starts after return from first stint on DL, was 3-2 with a 3.25 ERA (13 ER, 36.0 IP) with 38 strikeouts…he made two more starts before going back on the DL... Second Return - Was 1-1 with a 4.85 ERA (7 ER, 13.0 IP) with 9 strikeouts in his final three starts after his second stint on the disabled list... Injuries - Had two stints on 10-day DL with right shoulder inflammation April 26 -June 23), making 3 rehab starts with AAA Tacoma, and with right shoulder bursitis Aug. 5 (retro to 8/2)-Sept. 13 before starting on Sept. 14 without rehab outing (sim game on Sept. 8)... Injury - Left start April 25 at Detroit after just 2.0 innings with right shoulder inflammation... 2,500 - Recorded his 2,500th career inning Sept. 25 at Oakland, becoming 5th active pitcher with 2,500.0+ IP (Bartolo Colon, CC Sabathia, John Lackey & Justin Verlander)... Pride of Venezuela - Recorded 157th career win on June 23 vs. Houston, surpassing Freddy Garcia for the most career wins by a Venezuelan-born pitcher…he now holds record for most starts (375), innings (2502.1) and strikeouts (2,342) among his countrymen... Lid Lifter - Made his 10th career Opening Day start on April 3 at Houston, extending his club record for OD starts and becoming the 9th pitcher in Major League history to make at least 10 Opening Day starts with one franchise…he joined Steve Carlton-PHI, Bob Gibson-STL, Walter Johnson-WSH, Juan Marichal-SFG, Jack Morris-DET, Robin Roberts-PHI, Tom Seaver-NYM and Warren Spahn-BSN/MLN.
The Totals - Went 11-8 with a 3.82 ERA (65 ER, 153.1 IP) with 122 strikeouts and 65 walks in 25 starts...For Openers - Made his 9th career Opening Day start April 4 at Texas…holds the club record for Opening Day starts (9), consecutive starts (8), wins (6) and strikeouts (68)...He's Our Leader - Became the Mariners all-time leader in strikeouts (4/23 at LAA) and wins (5/9 vs. TB)…joined Colorado's Jorge de la Rosa as the only active pitchers who hold their respective club record for career wins and career strikeouts...10 - Recorded his 10th win of the season on Sept. 5 vs. TEX…has recorded at least 10 wins in 10 of his last 11 seasons, including each of his last 8 seasons…the streak of 8 consecutive seasons with at least 10 wins is currently tied for the 3rd-longest active streak in the Majors…trails only John Lackey (13) and Zack Greinke (9), while tied with David Price…it is the longest such streak in club history, ahead of Jamie Moyer (7) and Randy Johnson (6)...Pride of Venezuela - Tossed 6.0 innings on Opening Day on April 4 at Texas to give him 2,268.1 IP in his MLB career, the most by a Venezuelan-born pitcher, passing Freddy Garcia (2,264.0)…Felix holds the all-time record for most strikeouts by a Venezuelan (2,264) and his 154 wins rank 2nd (Freddy Garcia, 156)...April to Remember - Went 2-2 with 1.38 ERA (5 ER, 32.2 IP) in 5 starts in the month of April...during the month he limited opponents to a .165 (19x115) average...his 1.38 ERA is the 2nd-lowest in club history in the month of April, trailing only Floyd Bannister's 1.21 ERA in April in 1980...his .165 average was also 2nd-lowest in April in club history, trailing only Hisashi Iwakuma's .160 opponent average set in 2013...Dime - Struck out season-best 10 batters April 10 vs. Oakland, his 35th career doubledigit strikeout game, 2nd-most in club history (R. Johnson, 94).. Six Up, Six Down - Struck out 6 consecutive batters Aug. 15 at Los Angeles-AL… six consecutive strikeouts are T2nd-most in club history (also: Taijuan Walker, Charlie Furbush & Rafael Soriano), trailing Mark Langston (7)…Felix is the first pitcher in club history to accomplish this feat twice... DL Stint - Placed on the 15-day disabled list on June 1 (retroactive to May 28) with a right calf strain…activated on July 20…marked his first trip to the DL since 2008... Ranked - At the time of his DL stint (6/1), among American League leaders, ranked 8th in in ERA (2.86) and T8th in opponent's average against (.217). Rehab Recap - Made his first rehab start with Short-A Everett on July 10 vs. Spokane, allowing 3 runs on 6 hits in 3.2 innings (2 BB, 6 SO)…earned the win on July 15 vs. Colorado Springs with AAA Tacoma, allowing 1 run on 5 hits over 5.2 innings (1 BB, 7 SO)...After DL - After being activated from 15-day DL on July 20, was 7-4 with a 4.48 ERA (45 ER, 90.1 IP) with 69 strikeouts in 15 starts…Seattle went 10-5 in those 15 starts.
Totals - 18-9 with 3.53 ERA (79 ER, 201.2 IP) in 31 starts. ... Leaderboard - Among A.L. leaders in wins (T3rd), shutouts (2, T1st), quality starts (20, T8th), strikeouts (191, 8th), K/9.0 IP (8.52, 9th), innings (13th), ERA (14th), opponent OPS (.682, 14th), & opponent average (.240, 16th). ... 18 Wins - Won 18 games, becoming the third Mariners pitcher to post multiple 18 win seasons with the club, joining Randy Johnson (3) & Jamie Moyer (2). ... Shutouts - Tied for MLB lead with 2 shutouts…since debut season in 2005, 11 shutouts are most in A.L. and trail only Roy Halladay (14), Clayton Kershaw (12) and Cliff Lee (12). ... Double Digit Wins - Won 18 games, his 7th straight season with at least 10 wins and ninth 10+-win season in career…his 7 straight seasons with at least 10 wins is T5thlongest among active pitchers: Mark Buehrle (15, 2001-c), John Lackey (12, 2003-c), James Shields (9, 2007-c), Zack Greinke (8, 2008-c) and David Price (7, 2009-c). ... 200.0 - Had 201.2 innings, his 8th straight 200.0 IP season, T1st since 2008 (J. Shields)… eight 200.0 inning seasons are most in club history (J. Moyer, 7 & R. Johnson, 6). ... Strong Finish - Was 4-1 with a 2.74 ERA (13 ER, 42.2 IP) with 40 strikeouts in last 6 starts of season…2-3 with 8.48 ERA (27 ER, 28.2 IP) in his previous 5 starts (July 29-Aug. 21). ... Bad Outings - Had four starts in which he allowed 7+ earned runs (10, Aug. 15 at BOS; 8 June 12 at HOU; 7 July 29 vs. ARI & 7 June 1 vs. NYY)…those four starts accounted for 32 of the 79 earned runs allowed on the season. ... 6-Time All-Star - Selected to play in his 6th All-Star game, setting Mariners record for All-Star game appearances by a pitcher (Randy Johnson, 5)…trails only Ken Griffey Jr. (10), Ichiro (10) and Edgar Martinez (7) for most All-Star selections in a Mariners uniform. ... 2,000 Strikeouts - 2,000th career strikeout May 10 vs. Oakland, the 4th-youngest to reach milestone…ranks 61st on all-time strikeout list with 2,142, 4th among active players. ... Innings Record - Set Mariners career record for innings pitched April 29 at Texas, passing Jamie Moyer (who finished with 2,093 innings with Seattle). ... VZ Pride - Became Venezuelan "K" king, passed Johan Santana (1,988), May 4 at LAA. ... 5 Straight Wins - Tied career high winning 5 consecutive starts April 18-May 10…7- game win streak Sept. 28, 2014-May 10, 2015, T3rd-longest winning streak in career. ... 8 Straight K's - Struck out 8 straight batters faced over two starts April 18 vs. Texas (last 4 batters) & April 24 vs. Minnesota (first 4)…first time by Mariners pitcher since Arthur Rhodes (8, May 4-8, 2002) and by starter since Mark Langston (8, Sept. 22-28, 1986). ... Walking Tall In Texas - Was 5-0 with 1.83 ERA (7 ER, 34.1 IP) with 34 strikeouts in 5 starts against Texas…first A.L. pitcher to start 5 or more games against an opponent in one season and win all of them while posting an ERA below 2.00 since 1985, when Bert Blyleven, pitching for both Indians & Twins, went 5-0 with a 1.40 ERA in 5 starts vs. Texas. ... A.L. West - Against A.L. West was 11-3 with 2.87 ERA (35 ER, 109.2 IP) in 17 starts. ... Lid Lifter Strikeouts - Recorded 10 strikeouts in season-opening win over the Angels… 3rd career OD start with 10+ strikeouts…joins Hall of Famers Randy Johnson (4), Pedro Martinez (3) and Bob Gibson (3) as only pitchers with 3+ OD starts with 10+ strikeouts. ... Young Gun - Prior to his 29th birthday on April 8, Felix recorded 1,961 strikeouts, the 4thmost by a pitcher in MLB history before turning 29…trailed only Sam McDowell (2,156), Walter Johnson (2,118) and Bert Blyleven (2,082). ... Moving Up - Recorded 131st career win May 10 vs. OAK, moving ahead of J. Moyer for 2nd in Mariners history (currently 2nd with 143 wins trailing R. Johnson - 145). ... 7.0 Scoreless - Had 5 starts with 7.0+ scoreless frames; 3rd-most in AL behind Dallas Keuchel (7) & Scott Kazmir (6). ... Double-Digits K's - Recorded pair of double-digit strikeouts: 4/18 vs. TEX (12) & 4/6 vs. LAA (10)…34 career starts with 10+ strikeouts, 2nd-most in club history trailing Randy Johnson who had 94 double-digit strikeout games in his Mariners career. ... Lid Lifter - Made 8th career Opening Day start April 6 vs. LA Angels…earned win allowing 1 run (HR to Mike Trout in 1st inning) on 2 hits in 7.0 innings…struck out 10 batters. ... Opening Day - Is 6-0, 1.49 ERA (10 ER, 60.1 IP) in his 8 career Opening Day starts… has 7 consecutive OD starts (2009-2015), the longest active streak in Majors…holds club records for Opening Day starts (8), consecutive starts (7), wins (6) and strikeouts (62). ... Since 2009 - Over last 7 seasons is 104-65 with 2.83 ERA and 1,549 strikeouts in 230 starts.
15-6, 2.14 ERA (56 ER, 236.0 IP) with 248strikeouts in 34 starts (27 quality starts)... Claimed his second AL ERA title with a 2.14 markahead of Chris Sale (2.17)... Was thestarting pitcher for the AL in the All-Star game in Minneapolis (scoreless inning, 2 K)…second pitcher in club history to be named the AL starting pitcher, joining Randy Johnson (1995 & 1997)…ﬁrst Venezuelan pitcher to start an All-Star game... 2.14 ERA was the lowest by an AL pitcher since Pedro Martinez recorded a 1.74 mark in 2000…set a single-season club record lowering the mark he already held of2.27 set in 2010…owns 5 of top 10 ERA's in single-season club history... American League All-Star (starting pitcher)…BBWAA Pitcher of the Year(Seattle Chapter)…Cy Young Finalist (2nd place)…MLBPA Players Choice Award (ALMost Outstanding Pitcher)… Sporting News American League All-Star (Starting Pitcher ofthe Year)…Rawlings® Gold Glove Finalist…Roberto Clemente Award (Seattle nominee)…Fred Hutch Award Nominee (community service award)... Finished 2nd in the Cy Young voting (76% of votes) and 10th in MVP... Led the AL in WHIP at 0.915, the lowest by an AL pitcher since Pedro Martinez in 2000 (0.737)…set Mariners single-season WHIP record... ERA (1st, 2.14),Opponent Batting Average (1st, .200),Innings (2nd, 236.0), Starts (T1st, 34),Strikeouts (4th, 248), Wins (T8th, 15),Strikeout-to-Walk Ratio (4th, 5.39),Strikeouts per 9.0 IP (5th, 9.46)... Set MLB record with16 consecutive starts allowing 2 or fewerruns in 7.0 or more innings May 18-August11…old mark was 13 by Tom Seaver in1971…led the Majors with 22 such starts(7.0 or more IP, 2 or fewer runs), nextclosest AL pitcher was Corey Kluber with19…110 FQS since 2009, most in theMajors ahead of Clayton Kershaw (89)... Only pitcher to record 200strikeouts in each of the last 6 seasons…recorded 6th straight season with 200+strikeouts and 200.0 IP; tied for 3rd-longest streak in MLB history behind TomSeaver (9, 1968-76), Roger Clemens (7,19867-92), Walter Johnson (7, 1910-16)... Posted the 4th-lowest ERA for an AL pitcher in a season of 230.0 or more innings since the adventof the Designated Hitter in 1973, behindthe Yankees Ron Guidry (1.74 in 1978),Toronto's Roger Clemens (2.05 in 1997) and Baltimore's Jim Palmer (2.09 in 1975)... First pitcher with 215 or more strikeouts in at least six consecutiveseasons since Randy Johnson (1997-2002)…only pitcher in baseball history with 200 ormore strikeouts with 75 or fewer walks in at least 6 consecutive seasons... Posted a 1.66 ERA (7 ER, 38.0 IP) in 6 starts in September (2-1, 3 ND)... American League Pitcher of the Month (June) and Player of the Week (June 2-8)... Allowed 2 or fewer runs in AL leading 25 starts (Kluber 2nd with 23)... The Mariners were 22-12 when Felix started on the mound…postedan 8-4 record and 2.10 ERA in 19 starts following a Mariners team loss... Recorded a 1.88 ERA in 13 no-decisions (2.09 run support average in no-decisions)... Ranked 6th in the AL in overall WAR (2nd amongst pitchers) at 6.2.... Selected to play in his fifth All-Star game, tying Randy Johnson for the most All-Star game appearancesby a Mariners pitcher... Named the AL June Pitcher of the Month…went 3-1 with a 1.22 ERA and 54 strikeouts in6 starts…fourth career AL Pitcher of theMonth award (June 2009, September2009, August 2012, June 2014)…25-8,2.63 ERA in 47 career June starts... Named the ALPlayer of the Week for June 2-8 following 15-strikeout performance June 8 at Tampa Bay…second career AL Player of the Week honor (Aug. 13-19, 2012)... Struck out a career-high 15 batters June 8 at Tampa Bay…12th time in club history that a pitcher had atleast 15 strikeouts in a game, ﬁrst since Randy Johnson had 15 on July 11, 1998 vs. Angels…Johnson (17), Mark Langston(2x) and Mike Moore (1)... Made his 300th career start (all with the Mariners) Sept. 13 vs. Oakland… joined Jamie Moyer (323) as only pitchers in club history with at least 300 starts…onlyactive pitcher to make 300+ starts with current team and joins Mark Buehrle (365 withWhite Sox) as the only other active pitcher to make 300 or more starts with a club... Ejected for the ﬁrst time in his career May 12 vs. Tampa Bay (Mark Ripperger)... Has 1,951 strikeouts, tied for 4th-most by a pitcher before turning 29(Sam McDowell-2,156, Walter Johnson-2,117, Bert Blyleven-2,082, Amos Rusie-1,951)... Made seventh career Opening Day start March 31 at LA Angels…allowed 3 runs (2 ER) and struck out 11 in 6.0 innings to earn the win…6th time in clubhistory a starter recorded 10+ strikeouts on Opening Day (2nd time by Felix)…improvedto 5-0, 1.52 ERA in his 7 career Opening Day starts (2007, 2009-14)…holds club Opening Day records for starts (7), consecutive starts (6), wins (5) and strikeouts (52)... Is the only pitcher inMLB history (since 1900) with 7 Opening Day startsas a pitcher before turning 28…there are 4 pitcherswith 6 Opening Day starts before turning 28: BertBlyleven, Dennis Eckersley, Dwight Gooden, and Fernando Valenzuela... Over last six seasons is 86-56 with a2.73 ERA and 1,358 strikeouts in 199 starts... Is 125-92 with a 3.07 ERA in303 career starts since making his debut on Aug.4, 2005…ERA is 2nd-lowest among active startingpitcher (Adam Wainwright - 3.01).
Went 12-10 with a 3.04 ERA and 216 strikeouts in 31 starts in his 9th Major League season. Selected to his fourth All-Star Game (also: 2009, 2011, 2012)…pitched a scoreless 4th inning in AL's 3-0 win…is the 6th player in club history to be selected to at least four All-Star games, and the second pitcher (Randy Johnson). Among AL starting pitchers, ranked 3rd in strikeout-to-walk ratio (4.70), 5th in strikeouts (216), 5th in K/9.0 IP (9.51), 6th in ERA (3.04), 7th in WHIP (1.131), 7th in opponent OPS (.644) and T9th in quality starts (22)…also 4th in opponent GIDP (24), 3rd in wild pitches (13) and 12th in pitches per game (102.4). Recorded his 5th consecutive season with 200+ innings and 200+ strikeouts…joins Randy Johnson (7 seasons) as the only Mariners pitchers with at least 5 seasons of 200 or more strikeouts, and the two are tied with 5 consecutive 200-K seasons (Felix: 2009-2013, Johnson: 1991-95)…Felix and Justin Verlander (DET) are the only pitchers with 200 innings and 200 strikeouts in each of the last 5 seasons (since 2009). Recorded a career-high strikeout rate, fanning 9.51 K/9.0 IP…previous highs were 8.65 in 2012 and 8.55 in 2011. Tied for 2nd in the AL with 20 starts allowing 2 or fewer runs…was 11-1 with a 1.07 ERA (17 ER, 142.2 IP) in those games. Was 10-4 with an AL leading 2.53 ERA at the All-Star break (20 GS), and 2-6, 4.11 ERA in 11 starts following the break. Strung together a career-high 24.0 inning scoreless streak July 8-26, tied for the 5th longest streak in club history. Struck out 10 batters in 4.0 innings Sept. 22 at LAA, becoming the first pitcher in more than 100 years to post a doubledigit strikeout total in a game in which he recorded no more than 12 outs…last pitcher to do this was Smoky Joe Wood (Boston-AL), 10 strikeouts in 4.0 innings of relief at Cleveland on July 17, 1909. Did not make a start from Sept. 3-21 with a strained oblique. Tied for the AL lead with 15 Ultra Quality Starts (7.0 IP, 2 or fewer runs allowed)…James Shields (KC) also had 15 UQS. Recorded his 100th career victory April 22 at Houston, becoming the 6th-youngest pitcher to earn 100th victory among players who began their career since divisional play began in 1969…only 5 have reached 100 wins at a younger age than Hernandez (27 years, 14 days old): Dwight Gooden (24.215), Bert Blyleven (25.076), Fernando Valenzuela (26.162), Don Gullett (26.199), Vida Blue (26.361). Made sixth career Opening Day start April 1 at Oakland (7.2,3,0,0,1,8) while recording his 99th career victory…tied Randy Johnson for most career (6) and consecutive (5) OD starts among Mariners pitchers…is 4-0, 1.33 ERA (7 ER, 47.1 IP) with 41 strikeouts in 6 OD starts (2007, 2009-2013)…the six Opening Day starts are tied with Dwight Gooden and Bert Blyleven for most in MLB history before turning 27 (since 1920). Since 2009 is 71-50 with a 2.85 ERA and 1,110 strikeouts in 165 starts…only Clayton Kershaw (LAD) has a lower ERA over that span (2.43) and only Justin Verlander (DET) has more strikeouts (1,194). Has recorded 1,703 strikeouts, 4th-most in MLB history by a pitcher before turning 28: Sam McDowell (1,956), Bert Blyleven (1,910) and Walter Johnson (1,886).
Went 13-9 with a 3.06 ERA (5thin AL) in 33 starts...led the ALin shutouts (5), ranked 2nd ininnings pitched (232.0) andcomplete games (5), 3rd instrikeouts (223) and strikeoutto-walk ratio (3.98), T5th inquality starts (21), 9th with 8.65K/9.0 IP and T13th in wins (13) ... Threw the 23rd Perfect Gamein MLB history Aug. 15 vs.Tampa Bay in a 1-0 victory...7thPerfect Game in MLB history tobe decided in a 1-0 game, and first in the AL since 1984 ... Selected to play in third All-Star Game (also: 1999 in St. Louis, 2011 in Phoenix) -- DNP...became the 6th player in club history with at least 3 ASG selections ... Named Mariners Pitcher of the Year by the Seattle chapter of the Baseball WritersAssociation of America for the 5th consecutive season...also named Mariners recipientfor the Roberto Clemente Award and the Marvin Miller Man of the Year...one of 10 finalistsfor the Hutch Award ... Led the Majors and set a Mariners record with 5 shutouts (6/28 vs. BOS, 7/14 vs. TEX, 8/4at NYY, 8/15 vs. TB, 8/27 at MIN)...became the first pitcher since Randy Johnson in 1998to record 5+ shutouts over a 12-start span...joined Bert Blyleven (1989), Roger Clemens(1992) and David Wells (1998) as the only AL pitchers with 5 shutouts in a season over thelast 24 seasons (since 1989) ... Had a start pushed back and pitched on 11-days rest June 12 after leaving start June 1at Chicago (AL) with lower back stiffness.Posted 4th consecutive season with 200.0innings, 200 strikeouts, 30 starts and a sub3.50 ERA...first pitcher in club history with fourconsecutive seasons with 200.0 innings & 200strikeouts...only Randy Johnson (5, 1991-95)has recorded more consecutive seasons with200+ strikeouts as a Mariner ... First pitcher since Roger Clemens (1986-89)to record 4 consecutive 200-strikeout seasonsthrough age 26 season (computed 6/30 eachseason)...first pitcher since Dwight Gooden torecord at least 230 GS through age 26 season ... Went 9-0 with a 1.40 ERA (17 ER, 109.0 IP) with5 shutouts, 100 strikeouts and a .183 opp avg(70x383) over a 14-start stretch June 17-Aug.27...tied his career-high with a 9-game winningstreak (T2nd-longest in the AL, Weaver, 10 G) ... Went 4-0 with a 1.08 ERA (5 ER, 41.2 IP) and 3 shutouts in 5 August starts to be namedthe AL Pitcher of the Month...all three shutouts were by 1-0 score, becoming the thirdpitcher in MLB history with three 1-0 shutout in a calendar month: Carl Hubbell (July1933) and Dick Rudolph (Aug. 1916)...also earned AL Player of the Week honors Aug. 20 ... Recorded four 1-0 shutouts (of his MLB leading 5 shutouts)...just the third pitcher duringthe divisional era (since 1969) to have four wins with the score 1-0 in a single season (allCG shutouts), joining Hall of Famers Fergie Jenkins (1974) and Bert Blyleven (1976)...Don Drysdale and Bob Gibson also had four 1-0 shutouts in 1968 (record is 5, last: DeanChance in 1964) ... Pitched at least 7.0 innings in a 22 of his 33 starts, ranking 2nd in the AL (David Price had23 starts of 7.0+ IP)...also allowed 2 or fewer runs in 21 of 33 starts, tied for 2nd-mostamong AL starters (David Price, 22)...led the Majors with 17 starts allowing 1 or fewerruns (Greinke was 2nd with 16) ... Among AL starters, ranked 1st in FIP (2.84) and WPA (4.2), T2nd in xFIP (3.20), 4th inopponent OPS (.629), 7th in WHIP (1.142), 7th in WAR for pitchers (4.6), 8th in AdjustedPitching Wins (2.0) and 10th in Adjusted ERA+ (122) ... Finished with the 2nd-lowest run support average in the AL at 3.65...received 2 or fewerruns of support in 18 of 33 starts...club averaged 3.52 runs/game in Felix starts (16-17) ... Recorded 12 starts allowing 1 or fewer runs in 8.0 or more innings pitched (8-0, 0.45ERA, 4 ND)...twice as many as any other AL pitcher (Matt Harrison/Bartolo Colon/JamesShields - 6)...had club-record 13 such starts during his Cy Young season in 2010 Retired 32 consecutive batters from Aug. 10-15, one off John Montague's club record.Tied for the AL lead with 11 no-decisions,posting a 2.45 ERA (21 ER, 77.0 IP) with a 2.22run support average...had a MLB leading fourno-decisions allowing 1 or fewer runs in 8.0 ormore IP, tied for most by a pitcher in a singleseason dating back to 1918 ... Recorded three shutouts with 12 or morestrikeouts, including 2 shutouts with 12+strikeouts and zero walks (7/14 vs. TEX & 8/15vs. TB)...first pitcher with three shutouts with12+ strikeouts since Pedro Martinez in 2000 ... Recorded double-digits in strikeouts inconsecutive starts June 23 at San Diego (10K's) and June 28 vs. Boston (13 K's)...became 6th pitcher in club history to record backto-back 10+ strikeout starts; first since Freddy Garcia in 1999...had 5 starts with doubledigitsin strikeouts (21 in career) ... Strung together 20.0 consecutive scoreless innings June 23-July 3, his 3rd careerscoreless streak of at least 20.0 IP (22.0 - April 17-May 4 2009; 20.0, June 10-21, 2009)...also had streak of 19.2 consecutive scoreless IP July 8-19 ... Tossed shutout Aug. 4 vs. New York (AL) at Yankee Stadium (9.0,2,0,0,2,6)...became the3rd pitcher, joining Jim Palmer & Billy Hoeft) since 1930 with 2 shutouts allowing 2 hitsor fewer at Yankee Stadium (also: 6/30/10)...led the Mariners to their first 1-0 win vs. theYankees on the road since May 17, 1991...recorded first 1-0 ShO by a visiting pitcher atYankee Stadium (new or old) since Greg Swindell Sept. 6, 1988...is 5-2, 2.06 ERA (12ER, 52.1 IP) in 7 career starts vs. the Yankees in New York (4-1, 1.13 ERA in 5 GS at newYankee Stadium) ... Went 1-for-3 with a 2-run double June 23 at San Diego...has a double and a grand slamamong his 4 career hits (.148/4x27, 7 RBI) ... Made 5th career Opening Day start March 28 vs. Oakland in Japan (4th consecutive)...2nd-most OD starts in club history (Randy Johnson, 6)...3 career Opening Day wins arethe most in Mariners history (R. Johnson - 2)...in 5 OD starts is 3-0 with a 1.59 ERA (7 ER,39.2 IP) with 33 strikeouts ... Has led the Mariners in ERA in each of last 6 seasons, extending his club record...oldrecord was 4 by Randy Johnson (1993-95, 1997).
Ranked amongst AL starters in several pitching categories: Complete Games (5, T2nd), Strikeouts (222, 4th), Innings (233.2, 6th), Starts (33, T6th), K/9.0 IP (8.55, 7th), Quality Starts (22, T7th), ERA (3.47, 16th) and Wins (14, T13th)...Named Mariners MVP pitcher by the Seattle chapter of the Baseball Writers Association ofAmerica...4th consecutive yearto win the award...First pitcher in club history with 3 seasons (2009, 2010, 2011) with at least 30 starts, 200strikeouts, 200.0 innings and an ERA under 3.50...combined to go 46-31 with a 2.73 ERA(219 ER, 722.0 IP) and 671 strikeouts over the last 3 seasons...Recorded 3rd consecutive 200-strikeouts season (222 in '11, 232 in '10, 217 in '09)...3rdpitcher in club history with 200 K's in 3 consecutive seasons: Randy Johnson (5 straight,1991-95) and Mark Langston (3 straight, 1986-88)...one of only 2 pitchers over the last20 seasons with a trio of 200-strikeout seasons at 25 years or younger (Kerry Wood-1998, 2001, 2002)...he is the first pitcher since Roger Clemens (1986-88) to record 3consecutive 200-strikeout seasons through age 25 season (computed on 6/30)...Struck out 1,264 batters, 6th-most most for any pitcher through his age-25 season...Elected to play in his 2nd All-Star game (also: 2009), but did not participate due to startingfinal game before break vs. LAA...Lasted at least 6.0 innings in 30 of 33 starts (22 quality starts)...had string of 30 straightstarts of at least 6.0 IP (dating back to 5/13/10) snapped April 16 at Kansas City (5.0 IP),3rd-longest streak in club history...Left his final start Sept. 24 at Texas after being hit by a line drive on his right forearm (3.1IP)...snapped a streak of 23 straight 6.0+ IP starts, May 17-Sept. 18.
Won the AL Cy Young Award, garnering 21 of 28 first-place votes ... joins Randy Johnson (1995) as only other Mariner to win the Cy Young...Went 13-12 with a 2.27 ERA (63 ER, 249.2 IP), 232 strikeouts and 30 quality starts...Named Sporting News AL Pitcher of the Year...named Mariners Most Valuable Pitcher by the Seattle Chapter of theBBWAA for 3rd straight year. ... Set a Mariners club record for ERA (2.27), bettering the previous mark of 2.28 by RandyJohnson in 1997, and recorded the most strikeouts by a RHP in club history. ... Became 2nd pitcher in club history to lead the AL in ERA (Randy Johnson, 1995) ... has ledMariners in ERA in each of last 4 seasons. ... Led the American League in ERA (2.27), innings pitched (249.2), quality starts (30),opponent batting average (.212), T1st in starts (34), 2nd in strikeouts (232), 3rd incomplete games (6), T3rd in shutouts (1), 7th in K/BB ratio (3.31), 7th in K/9.0 IP (8.36)and T4th in opponent GIDP (25). ... Threw 209 scoreless "frames" (inning in which he appeared and was not charged with anyruns) ... that's the most in the Majors this season and most since Randy Johnson posted252 scoreless frames in 1999 ... allowed 1 or fewer runs in an inning in 236 of 256 inningsin which he appeared in (92.2%). ... Led the AL with 249.2 innings pitched ... 2nd-highest innings total by an AL pitcher overthe last 12 seasons; Roy Halladay threw 266.0 innings for Toronto in 2003 ... 5th-mostsingle-season innings total in Mariners history ... finished the season with a single-seasonclub record 25 consecutive starts (May 23-current) pitching into at least the 7th inning. ... Tallied 232 strikeouts, 2nd-most in the AL (Jered Weaver had 233) and 8th-most in clubhistory...most K's by a RHP in club history. ... Had lowest run support average in the AL at 3.10...in 12 losses, received 7 total runs ofsupport (runs scored when he was in the game) ... Mariners scored 1 or fewer runs in 10 of34 starts, and 2 or fewer runs 15 times...Mariners did not score a run in 7 of last 14 starts. ... Posted a 1.53 ERA (19 ER, 112.0 IP) in 15 starts following the All-Star break ... was T3rdlowestby an AL starter post-ASG over the last 25 years: R. Clemens (0.97 in '90), J.Santana (1.21 in '04), D. Alexander (1.53 in'87)...was 7-5, 2.88 in 19 starts prior to theAll-Star break. ... Recorded a quality start in 30 of 34 starts(6.0 or more IP, 3 or less ER), setting aclub record ... most quality starts by anAL pitcher since Bret Saberhagen (30in 1989) ... had string of 17 consecutivequality starts snapped 9/11 at LAA...hasrecorded a quality start in 43 of last 47starts, including club-record 18-QS streakAug. 1, 2009-April 26, 2010.Led the AL with 15 starts where he allowed 1 orless runs in at least 7.0 innings, most by an ALpitcher since Pedro Martinez (15 in 2000) andRoger Clemens (19 in 1997) ... lasted at least8.0 innings in 16 starts, including an AL leading5 starts of 8.0 shutout innings ... had 13 startsallowing 1 or fewer runs in 8.0 or more IP. ... Recorded 1,000th career strikeout Aug. 25 atBoston (6th inning, D. Ortiz) ... at 24 years, 139 days old, became the 4th-youngest pitcherin MLB history to reach 1,000 career K's (see chart)...current career total of 1,042 ranks4th in club history. ... Went 5-1 with a 0.63 ERA (4 ER, 57.1 IP) in 7 starts against the AL East, including 3-0,0.35 in 3 starts against the Yankees...threw a 2-hit shutout on June 30, becoming the firstpitcher to throw a shutout at new Yankee Stadium ... against teams that were in the playoffhunt (CIN, MIN, NYY, SD, TEX), posted a 2.47 ERA (29 ER, 105.2 IP). ... Career-high 13 strikeouts Aug. 10 vs. Oakland ... had 3 double-digits strikeout games in2010, 9 in his career. ... Recorded a CG 2-hitter in 1-0 loss Sept. 23 at Toronto...4th 2-hit CG loss in club historyand 2nd in a 1-0 game (also: G. Abbott, 9/1/81). ... Threw 9.0 innings in 3 consecutive starts (6/19 vs. CIN, 6/24 vs. CHI, 6/30 at NYY), butonly 2 counted as complete games ... posted CGs against the Reds (6/19) and Yankees(6/30), and a 9.0-inning no-decision against the Cubs (6/24). ... Recorded 4th CG July 10 vs. NYY (9.0,10,1,1,2,9,HR)...was his 3rd consecutive completegame against the Yankees (9/18/09, 6/30/10, 7/10/10), becoming the first pitcher toaccomplish this since Jamie Navarro (1990-91 w/MIL) ... 2nd Mariners pitcher to do so(J. Beattie, 1984). ... Recorded 4 strikeouts in the top of the 8th inning June 3 vs. Minnesota ... became 3rdMariners pitcher (last: Kaz Sasaki, 4/4/03 at TEX) and 22nd in AL history...9th AL pitcherto strike out all 4 batters in consecutive order. ... Went 4-1 in June with a 2.36 ERA (13 ER, 49.2 IP) in 6 starts ... among AL starters in themonth, ranked first in strikeouts (51) and opponent batting average (.164), and 2nd ininnings pitched (49.2) ... career .833 winning percentage in June (15-3) is the best All-Time(min. 15 decisions) ... Jim Konstanty (12-3/.800) & Arthur Rhodes (16-4/.800) are T 2nd. ... Made 3rd career Opening Day start April 5 at Oakland (ND, 6.2,3,3,3,6,4) ... also hadOpening Day starts: April 6, 2009 at Minnesota (W, 8.0,5,1,1,3,6) and April 2, 2007 vs.Oakland (W, 8.0,3,0,0,2,12) ... is 2-0 with a 1.59 ERA (4 ER, 22.2 IP) in 3 career OD starts. ... Over last 2 seasons, combined to go 32-17, 2.38 ERA (129 ER, 488.1 IP) and 449strikeouts ... leads Majors with 59 quality starts since the start of '09 ... first pitcher sinceRoger Clemens (2.43 in 2004-05) to post a sub 2.50 ERA over a 2-season stretch (min.400.0 IP).
Finished 2nd in the AL Cy Young race behind Zack Greinke...received 2 first-place votes and 23 of 28 2nd-place votes...Won 2009 Seattle Sports ProStar of the Year...Winner of the Luis AparicioAward, voted as the best Venezuelan in the Majors...Set career-highs in wins (19), starts (34), strikeouts (217) and innings pitched (238.2)...Led the AL with a .792 winning percentage...also listed among AL leaders in wins (T1st),ERA (2nd), starts (T2nd), innings pitched (3rd), strikeouts (4th) and K/9.0 IP (7th)...Joined Roy Halladay as only AL pitchers to rank in the top 5 in each of the three pitchingTriple Crown categories (W-ERA-K)...Named Mariners Most Valuable Pitcher by the Seattle Chapter of the BBWAA for thesecond consecutive season...Recorded a quality start in 24 of his last 25 starts, going 15-2 with a 1.98 ERA (40 ER,182.0 IP) from May 24-end of season...ERA over that stretch was tops in the Majors...The Mariners went 25-9 in his 34 starts...followed a Mariners loss in 23 of his 34 starts,going 15-4 with a 2.46 ERA (44 ER, 161.0 IP) in those games...Etched name in Mariners single-season record book, ranking 3rd in ERA (2.49), T4th inwins (19), 4th in winning % (.792), T8th in innings pitched (238.2), 9th in strikeouts (217),9th in starts (34) and first in wild pitches (17)...set Mariners record for wins by RHP...Named the AL Pitcher of the Month for June (3-0, 0.94) and September (6-0, 1.52)...becamethe first player in club history to earn two honors during the same season...Tied for ML lead and set club record with 1.99 ERA (28 ER, 126.2 IP) in 18 road starts...Led the Majors and set club record with 29 quality starts...previous club record was 25by Floyd Bannister in 1982...finished season with career-high and single-season clubrecord-tying 13 consecutive quality starts...Won 5 straight starts to end the season, posting a 1.88 ERA (8 ER, 38.1 IP)...Selected to his first All-Star squad...was 23 years, 97 days on All-Star Tuesday, becomingthe 5th-youngest Mariners All-Star and the youngest player in the 2009 MidsummerClassic in St. Louis...retired Orlando Hudson (F9), Albert Pujols (6-3) & Justin Upton (6-3)...Allowed 1 run and 5 hits in 8.0 innings on Opening Day at Minnesota (4/6)...in 2 careerOD Starts (also 4/2/07 vs. OAK), is 2-0 witha 0.56 ERA (1 ER, 16.0 IP)...Tossed CG, 2-hit shutout June 16 at SanDiego...allowed singles in the 2nd & 9th...was first career 2-hitter (has one 1-hitter)...Recorded career strikeout #600 in 2nd start(106th career start) April 11 at Oakland...at23 years, 3 days old, became the fastest toreach 600 career strikeouts since DwightGooden on May 28, 1986 (21 years, 193days)...also recorded career K's #700 and#800 during the season...Recorded career-high 22.0 consecutive scoreless innings April 17-May 4...streak rankedT10th-longest in club history...also had a 20.0 scoreless streak June 10-21...Went 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA (0 ER, 8.2 IP) in 2 G/1 GS for Venezuela in the 2009 WorldBaseball Classic.
Led the Mariners in wins (9), starts (31), innings (200.2), strikeouts (175), and ERA (3.45)...Started at least 30 games for the third year in a row and reached the 200.0 inning plateau for first time in his career...Named Mariners Most Valuable Pitcher by the Seattle Chapter of the BBWAA...Among American League pitchers, ranked T8th in ERA (3.45), 9th in strikeouts (175), 6th in road ERA (3.01) and 7th in strikeouts per nine innings pitched (7.8)...ERA was the lowest by a Mariners starter since Jamie Moyer had a 3.27 ERA in 2003...By pitching 200.2 innings, became only the second Mariner to toss at least 200 innings before his 23rd birthday, joining Dave Fleming (228.1 IP in 1992)...Recorded 9 starts of at least 7.0 innings and less than 2 earned runs allowed, but was only 3-2 despite a 0.91 ERA (7 ER, 69.1 IP) in those games...Had the 2nd-lowest run support average (3.86) in the American League, receiving 2-or-less runs in 17 of 31 starts...In 11 no-decisions, recorded a 2.72 ERA (22 ER, 72.2 IP) and allowed fewer than 3 earned runs in 9 of those starts...Recorded his 500th career strikeout June 11 at Toronto (R. Barajas in 8th inning)...among pitchers who debuted since 1900, at 22 years, 64 days, he is was the 6th-youngest to reach 500 career K's and the youngest since D. Gooden (20 years, 294 days) in 1985...Struck out the side in the fourth inning June 17 vs. Florida on 9 pitches...one of two pitchers in '08 (R. Harden, A's vs. Angels, June 8)...prior to 2008, the last AL pitcher to do it was Pedro Martinez (BOS) on May 18, 2002 vs. Seattle...Started the season with consecutive starts of 7.0 innings or more and 5 hits or fewer without allowing an earned run...became the third pitcher in the last 50 years to start a season like that and have no wins (David Cone, 1997; Bob Miller, 1963)...He became the first Mariners pitcher to hit a home run in club history when he homered off the Johan Santana on June 23 at Shea Stadium...was the first grand slam by a pitcher in Interleague history and he became the first pitcher to hit a grand slam off a Cy Young Award winner since Steve Carlton hit one off the Dodgers' Fernando Valenzuela on May 16, 1984...Struck out a season-high 10 batters April 27 vs. Oakland, but still received the loss after allowing four runs in 7.0 innings...Tossed at least 6.0 innings in 24 of 31 starts, including a team-leading 19 quality starts...Pitched a pair of complete games, both at Oakland; a 9.0 inning effort on April 16 where he allowed one earned run while striking out eight, and an 8.0 inning loss on Sept. 19 when he allowed just two earned runs...Was 3-0, 1.38 ERA (4 ER, 26.0 IP) in four June starts, the lowest single month ERA of his career...ranked 2nd in the AL in June ERA (John Lackey, 1.16 ERA)...In 11 starts between May 31-Aug. 7, was 5-2 with a 2.22 ERA (17 ER, 69.0 IP), averaging 9.1 strikeouts per nine innings and limiting opponents to a .209 batting average...ERA ranked 3rd in the Majors during that time (Rich Harden, 1.76 ERA)...Tied a club record with 3 consecutive starts not allowing an earned run (5/31 vs. DET, 6/6 at BOS & 6/11 at TOR)...7th pitcher in club history and first since Gil Meche in 2003...Career-high 5-game losing streak April 27-May 26...went 0-5, 5.54 (23 ER, 37.1 IP) in 6 GS and received only 7 runs of support during the streak...Had career-high 6-game winning streak snapped April 27 vs. Oakland (L#1, 7.0,6,4,4,4,10)...went 6-0, 2.54 (22 ER/78.0 IP) during 11-start stretch Sept. 3, 2007-April 22, 2008.
Led team in strikeouts (165), 2nd in wins (14) and 3rd in innings (190.1) despite missing 19 games on 15-day DL...set career-high with 14 wins...Mariners were 21-9 (.700) in his 30 starts...worked 6.0 or more innings in 22 of 30 starts and tossed 8.0 innings or more in 7 starts...ranked 10th among AL starters with 7.80 strikeouts per 9.0 IP...recorded career-high 12 strikeouts April 2, Opening Day vs. Oakland...was the Majors' first Opening-Day pitcher to strike out at least 12 batters without allowing a run since Bob Gibson (STL) in 1967...4th pitcher since 1900 to start and win an Opening Day game before his 21st birthday...also became just the third pitcher over the last 25 years to record 12 or more strikeouts on Opening Day...recorded 9th one-hitter in club history April 11 at Boston...first 1-hitter since Gil Meche (5.0 IP - rain-shortened) on June 13, 2000 vs. Kansas City and first 9.0 inning 1-hitter since Randy Johnson on July 16, 1998...allowed 4 hits and 0 runs in his first 17.0 innings for a .075 opponents batting average (4x53)...scoreless streak was the longest to start a season by a Mariners starter in Club history and longest since Dontrelle Willis in 2005 (24.0)...last time a pitcher threw that many innings while holding his opponents to such a low batting average in his first two starts of a season was in 1970 when two pitchers did it: the Mets' Nolan Ryan threw 17.0 innings and held opponents to 3 hits in 51 at-bats (.059); and the Orioles' Tom Phoebus threw 17.0 IP, holding opponents to 4 hits in 53 at-bats (Elias Sports Bureau)...left game on April 18 vs. Minnesota with tightness in his right elbow...HERNANDEZ (continued)Mariners 1-HittersJim Beattie, 9/27/83, vs. KCMike Trujillo, 9/20/86, vs. KCMark Langston, 9/24/88, vs. TEXBrian Holman, 4/20/90, vs. OAKRandy Johnson, 8/14/91, vs. OAKRandy Johnson, 5/16/93, vs. OAKRandy Johnson, 7/16/98, vs. MINGil Meche, 6/13/00, vs. KC (5.0 inn.)Felix Hernandez, 4/11/07, at BOSAL Strikeout Leaders (2006-08):1. Javier Vazquez................5972. Scott Kazmir...................5683. A.J. Burnett.....................5254. Josh Beckett...................5245. Felix Hernandez............5166. C.C. Sabathia..................5047. John Lackey....................4998. Gil Meche........................4959. Ervin Santana..................48110. Johan Santana................48011. Roy Halladay...................47712. Justin Verlander..............47013. Erik Bedard....................4642009 MARINERS82placed on the 15-day disabled list April 23 (retro 4/19) with right elbow strain; activated May 15...was 2-1, 1.56 ERA prior to DL stint; was 12-6, 4.09 in 26 starts following return from DL...was 8-1, 3.81 (37 ER, 87.1 IP) over final 13 starts (July 27-Sept. 30)...team was 11-2...won the first (4/2 vs. OAK) and final (9/30 vs. TEX) games of the season; only 2nd pitcher in club history (Randy Johnson, 1995)...judged by baseball analyst Bill James to be the 5th-best young player in baseball.
The 20-year-old pitched better in the second half of his first full Major League season, striking out 20 with just two walks over his final three starts. He allowed one run in seven innings of his final start on Sept. 30 against Texas, as he earned his 12th victory of the season. Hernandez struck out 176 in 191 innings for the Mariners, and had his first shutout on Aug. 18 against the Angels.
Had 10 "Quality Starts" in 12 ML starts...Limited opposing batters to a .203 batting average against: LH were 27x148/.182 and RH were 34x152/.224...Pitched 8.0 or more innings 5 times, 7.0 or more in 10 of last 11 games...Allowed just five home runs in 84.1 innings pitched...Struck out 77 while walking only 23; allowed 2 or less walks in 7 of 12 starts...had more strikeouts than walks in every start...Did not allow an extra base hit until his fifth ML start (Aug. 30, 30.0 innings, 112 batters faced/see box)...Tossed 16 consecutive innings without allowing and run and 18 consecutive innings without allowing an earned run Aug. 4-15, the longest streak by a Mariners starting pitcher in 2005...Recalled from AAA Tacoma and made ML debut Aug. 4 at Comerica Park vs. Detroit; charged with the loss in a 3-1 setback, despite allowing just two runs, one earned, in 6.0 IP... allowed two hits and two walks to first four batters, but retired 14 of the final 16 batters faced...debut made him just the third 19-year-old to debut as a starting pitcher since 1984 (also: Dwight Gooden, 4/7/84, and Todd Van Poppel, 9/11/91)...Recorded first ML win in second career start on Aug. 9 vs. Twins, tossing 8.0 scoreless innings, allowing only 5 hits and striking out 6...was the shortest game in Safeco Field history at 2:01...Struck out 11 batters on Aug. 15 vs. Kansas City; according to the Elias Sports Bureau that made him the first teenager to fan 10 or more in a game since Dwight Gooden did it 15 times in 1984...before Gooden, it was Bert Blyleven in 1970...Allowed 2 solo HR in 8.0 IP in a 2-0 loss vs. the Yankees (Randy Johnson) Aug. 31...Took a no-hitter into the seventh inning in a 3-2 win at Toronto Sept. 22...gave up a one-out single in the seventh (Koskie)...snapped a season-high two-game losing streak...Pitched 9.0 complete innings for the first time in his career Sept. 27, but picked up no-decision in Mariners 11-inning loss to Texas...allowed a run in the first, but held Texas scoreless until 9th inning...Named PCL Rookie of the Year and PCL Pitcher of the Year with Tacoma...Was 9-4, 2.25 in 19 AAA games, 14 starts, striking out 100 in 88.0 innings...allowed only three home runs...Did not pitch June 14-July 10 due to right shoulder bursitis; made five appearances out of the bullpen when he returned.
Split season between Inland Empire and San Antonio finishing a combined 14-4, with a 2.95 ERA and 172 strikeouts...finished 3rd among all Mariners farmhands and 12th in the minor leagues in strikeouts...allowed three or less runs in 22 of 26 starts...began season with Inland Empire, appearing in 16 games, 15 starts...struck out seven or more batters in nine starts, including a season-high 11 strikeouts on June 26 at High Desert...named to the California League All-Star team...named Cal. League pitcher of the week twice, April 12-18 and June 21-27...promoted to San Antonio on June 30...tossed a seven- inning complete game shutout, allowing only three hits and striking out seven on Aug. 26 vs. Wichita...played with the World Team in the 2004 All-Star Future's Game...named Mariners Minor League Pitcher of the Year by the Seattle organization.
Started season with short-A Everett...began season 5-0, 0.82 (22 IP, 2 ER, 31 K)...struck out a season-high ten batters three times (July 27, Aug. 13 & Aug. 29)...finished 5th in the league with 73 strikeouts in 55.0 IP (11.9 K/9 IP)...held opponents to a .218 average...made two starts with Wisconsin striking out 18 batters in 14 innings to end the season...named to the Northwest League All-Star team...named Everett's Most Valuable Pitcher by the Seattle Mariners...participated in the Mariners 2003 Arizona Instructional League...played for Lara in the Venezuelan Winter League.
Pitched with Aguirre in the Venezuelan Summer League.