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Posted at 12:15 PM EST.
4:10 PM ST. At this point in his career, Felix Hernandez is valuable fade material and we refuse to let up here. "King Felix" is still a name that has some pedigree in the market, so when he's taking back a price at home, heads are going to turn, but do not be fooled. Through three starts, Hernandez has failed to make it past the six-inning threshold and he's only struck out eight batters over 15 innings. A big reason for the King's decline has been the loss of his fastball. In his last start in Kansas City, Hernandez threw his four-seamer just five times out of 91 pitches. The last time he gave up on his bread and butter like that was in a game against the Astros in 2015. Before that, it was a strategic decision in his prime in 2008 in back-to-back wins where he didn't allow a run through 14-innings. Those days, however, are long gone. On Tuesday night against the Royals, Felix's fastball was registering at just 90 MPH. It's safe to say, it's over.
Sean Manaea, on the other hand, has pitched well after allowing four runs over 20 2/3 innings, while walking just two batters in that time. Manaea is 1-2 despite his quality efforts, but when you pitch for the A's such is life. The 26-year-old gave up just two runs over five innings against the NL Champion Dodgers and was strapped with the loss because his team could not muster a run in a 4-0 defeat. A 6-2 victory over the Tigers was the only night Manaea go some backing, as he took a hard-luck 2-1 loss to the now red-hot Angels in his first start of that season. The A's have hung crooked numbers on the likes of the Angels, Dodgers and these Mariners just yesterday. This wager shows how far the King has fallen. We'll try to take advantage and cash another ticket before his stock bottoms out.
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