The Mariners simply couldn’t do it anymore, they had to send Felix Hernandez to the bullpen.
Seattle manager Scott Servais told reporters after the Mariners’ 8-6 win over the Astros on Thursday, King Felix would be moved out of the rotation.
“You have to take a look at where we are at going forward,” Servais said, via the Seattle Times. “I think the next time that spot comes around we’ll be over in Houston and they’ve also got a good club. We’ve got to give ourselves a chance every time out there to win the ballgame.”
The 2010 American League Cy Young Award winner is in the midst of a season in which he has posted a career worst ERA, WHIP, K/BB and WAR.
He is also on pace to allow more home runs this season than in any previous year. He has given up 20 home runs in 124 innings pitched. His career high of 23 came in 2016 in 191 innings.
He is 8-10 with a 5.73 ERA and coming off of a start in which he gave up 11 runs (seven earned) to the Rangers.
Hernandez was mum about the demotion after the announcement.
“I got nothing to say,” he said.
Felix: “I got nothing to say.”
— Ryan Divish (@RyanDivish) August 10, 2018