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1* Seattle (10:05 ET): Felix Hernandez was once again at his best last time out, tossing seven scoreless innings in a 4-0 win over the previously red-hot A's. Now, he gets a second crack at facing an Angels team he's already shut down once earlier in the season. With King Felix available in this price range, I have no choice but to back the Mariners in this spot.
Hernandez has actually been more effective on the road w/ a 1.74 ERA in nine starts. His WHIP is 0.952 as he's 6-2. For the year, he is 8-4 in 15 starts with a 2.32 ERA and 1.032 WHIP. In 9 of his last 12 starts, he's allowed 1 ER or less. As I mentioned earlier, he had no problems with this anemic Angels lineup earlier in the season, holding them to two runs, only one earned, on five hits. He went eight innings.
Last night saw the Angels prevail 1-0, giving them a leg up through the first three games of the series. But over the last two games, they've scored only three times. That kind of production won't cut it going up against Hernandez. Don't even get me started on how awful Josh Hamilton (.210) has been this year. Hernandez should have no problem shutting the Angels down in this series finale. 1* Seattle.