Hernandez allowed two runs on seven hits and a walk with eight strikeouts in eight innings Saturday in a win against the Brewers. Hernandez, who took a shutout into the eighth inning, looks to be rounding into form after an inconsistent season that also included a trip to the disabled list. He's stuck out eight in each of his last three outings, giving up five runs combined. Especially encouraging is that his control was in check Saturday after he walked eight in each of his previous two starts. He needs to keep it up, of course, but perhaps he's getting back on the right track.
Hernandez struck out eight while allowing one run on three hits and four walks over seven innings in a no-decision against Detroit on Wednesday. King Felix and Justin Verlander battled to deuce, to borrow a term from the tennis world, with the Mariners' late rally making a winner out of reliever Arquimedes Caminero. Despite the control issues, this qualifies as far and away Hernandez's best start since coming off the DL following the All-Star break. Despite the fact that he gained a couple wins in his first five outings after returning, that span of starts was, in a word, bad -- he allowed 21 earned runs with an unattractive 25:12 K:BB over 31.2 innings. The longtime ace has seen a serious decline in his velocity at the age of 30, and if his 3.39 ERA doesn't exactly reflect that, his peripherals (including a 4.45 FIP) certainly do. Don't pay for him like he's the name-brand pitcher he once was until he can string some good starts together.
Hernandez (6-4) tossed eight innings, allowing four runs on three hits while walking three, and was the winning pitcher in Friday's 6-4 win over the Angels. He struck out six. Hernandez dug himself a quick hole, surrendering a three-run shot to Mike Trout in the first inning, but his offense saved him in the same inning, taking advantage of the ailing opposing starter, Tim Lincecum with a six-run first. While he didn't offer much variety in his first start against the Angels this season -- 50 fastballs on 100 pitches --the right-hander savored his second win since coming off the disabled list. Hernandez will carry a 3.55 ERA into his next start against the Tigers on Wednesday at home.
Hernandez didn't factor into the decision Sunday versus the Cubs, but struck out eight and gave up just two earned runs on two hits and five walks over five innings. The veteran ace has looked progressively better in each of his three starts since returning from a near two-month absence. Although Sunday was his shortest outing of the three, Hernandez's strikeout total was the highest since his return, and he looked to be in vintage form while notching 16 swinging strikes. However, the 30-year-old did experience significant problems with his control, as his walk total was his highest since Apr. 16 against the Yankees. Hernandez will look to get back in the win column when he takes on the Angels next Friday.
Hernandez, who allowed four runs in six innings Tuesday in his second start since coming off the disabled list, said his mechanics are still rusty after being out nearly two months, the Seattle Times reports. Hernandez struggled with his command in the first three innings before settling down. "I didn't have any feel with my pitches," he said. "I had no curveball, slider was OK, changeup was up, fastball was up. It's what you get when you've been out for a long time." Hernandez he did not have any issues with his previously injured calf and it's just a matter of pitching more. "I feel fine," he said. "I've got no problems at all. I just have to get out of the middle of the plate. I just need to pitch a little bit more and I'll be better."