"He doesn't care about the lineup," interim manager Daren Brown said.
Hernandez pitches to his strengths instead of the hitters' weaknesses, and it has worked out just fine. The Mariners' ace leads the American League in virtually every pitching category and is one of the favorites to win the AL Cy Young Award despite having a 13-12 record.
Brown said Hernandez does a good job of watching the opponents the night before he pitches and has been around the league enough to know most of the hitters.
"When they send a guy up there who has been called up from the Minors, it doesn't matter. Felix knows how he is going to pitch him."
Brown said he learned a few years ago that Felix really care who he's facing.
"I was managing [Class A] San Bernardino when we got a heads-up that Tim Salmon would be in the game on a rehab [assignment]," Brown recalled. "I gave them [Rancho Cucamonga] a heads-up that Felix would be pitching for us."
Salmon, a mainstay on the Angels' teams, was working his way back from injury.
"Felix struck him out twice, and I read in the paper the next day that Salmon said he wasn't prepared to