Gold Nuggets – Happy Felix Day

Felix Hernandez goes for his 12th win tonight vs. the Blue Jays.

Felix Hernandez goes for his 12th win tonight vs. the Blue Jays.

Throughout the season, Mariners broadcaster Aaron Goldsmith will provide content on From the Corner of Edgar & Dave, giving a behind-the-scenes look at the Mariners players and organization. Today he looks back at last night’s tough loss vs. the Blue Jays, the return of Hisashi Iwakuma and King Felix.

Monday night’s series opener against Toronto went about as well as John Gibbons and the Blue Jays could have hoped for. They survived Hisashi Iwakuma’s fifth-straight quality start, received a clutch pinch hit from 38-year-old Mark DeRosa, and  R.A. Dickey had his knuckleball dancing for nearly eight full innings.

Although Game 1 went down as a loss for Iwakuma (his first since July 4 at Texas), it’s starting to feel like he’s moved beyond his only problem all season: the long ball. Only the Orioles have blasted more homers than the Jays all season and Iwakuma kept them in the yard all night. Hisashi has not surrendered a home run since Mark Trumbo on July 14 (four starts, 28.0 innings).

  • #HappyFelixDay. The King has been especially Cy Young-like over his last four starts where he’s 2-0, 0.60 ERA (2 ER, 30.0 IP). Watching Felix this year is all the evidence needed for why wins on a pitcher’s stat line is nothing more than a pat on the back. He has back-to-back no-decisions despite holding the Twins and Red Sox to two runs over 15.0 innings.
  • Justin Smoak since May 1 is .292/.393/.505.
  • With Smoak’s homer Tuesday off Dickey, the M’s and Jays are tied with 138 home runs (only Baltimore has more with 149).
  • Since the Blue Jays are in town, here’s your token Munenori Kawasaki video. The Jays were 37-33 in Energy Boy’s 70 games this season. He was the starting shortstop for Toronto’s 11-game winning streak earlier this year.

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