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April 7, 2008
BASEBALL: The King And His Castle

Felix Hernandez has great stuff and potential, and at 22 it's too early to conclude that he won't be a great pitcher someday, or even someday soon.

But it's probably past time to recognize that King Felix's success so far, such as it has been, owes a lot to SafeCo Field. Check out his career splits:

ParkERAH/9HR/9BB/9K/9
Home3.418.640.752.338.25
Road4.579.391.132.937.88

The HR numbers are the least surprising - SafeCo is obviously death to fly balls - but also a reminder that for all Hernandez' vaunted ground ball tendencies, his ability to avoid the Big Fly is largely a creature of his home park. But the K rate is the most worrisome, since his high strikeout rate is generally the most positive indicator for his future.

That said, the road numbers still are not bad for such a young pitcher. But he has a ways still to go.

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