No game should ever be put on one man, but whenever Felix Hernandez goes to the mound for the Seattle Mariners, there's a renewed faith that something good could and should happen.
Today in Texas, in Game 6 of the season, Felix can make a huge differene to the feel of his team. Win and the Mariners come home 3-3, a respectable road trip. Lose and they're 2-4 and who feels good about that?
The issue, of course, is whether the Mariners can score behind him, facing C.J. Wilson. Based on the first five games, it's debatable. Manager Eric Wedge is rolling out the 'A' lineup with one exception - Adam Moore will catch and Michael Olivo will sit and wait to pinch hit.
Here's the lineup vs. Texas:
Ichiro RFChone Figgins 3BMilton Bradley LFJack Cust DHJustin Smoak 1BJack Wilson 2BBrendan Ryan SSMichael Saunders CFAdam Moore CFelix Hernandez P