King Felix


Mariners phenom Felix Hernandez is the real deal.

The 19-year-old dominated the hopeless Royals in his third big league start, striking out 11 and allowing one run on three hits over eight innings Monday night.

After three starts in the Majors, King Felix has a 0.86 ERA. Opposing batters are hitting .151 against him and his walk/strikeout ratio is ridiculous — three walks and 21 strikeouts.

Hernandez has electric stuff. He threw 99 pitches — 67 of them were for strikes. He throws three quality pitches — fastball, curve and changeup. His curveball is off the chain, and his changeup is sick. He made the Royals — who have now lost 16 straight — look like a Double-A team. Hernandez was throwing two-seamers at 97 mph. That’s just unreal.

Let’s hope Hernandez can avoid the pitfalls that fellow phenoms Doc Gooden (drugs), Kerry Wood (injuries) and Rick Ankiel (wildness) went through.

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