Wednesday, February 15, 2006
Felix Hernandez May Be Given No. 5 Slot
Starting pitcher Felix Hernandez, the 20-year-old Mariners "phenom," has been compared to a young Dwight Gooden and there's little reason to think Hernandez won't live up to the comparison. Rumors have it, however, that Hernandez will slide down to the fifth spot in the rotation, meaning that he'll miss starts every time there is a holiday, rainout, extra travel day or any other interruption in the schedule that will give the other four starters an additional day of rest. That limitation, plus a 120-pitch count, will temper his worth. Hernandez will still be very valuable, but watch spring training closely to see where he fits into the rotation and adjust your ranking accordingly.