Marco Gonzales and Andrew Moore will fill in for those starts.
OAKLAND, Calif. — With the Mariners eliminated from the postseason and essentially playing for nothing more than pride and a few victories, Seattle’s front office and coaching staff decided to not have Felix Hernandez or Mike Leake make their last scheduled starts in Anaheim against the Angels in the final series of the season.
Leake was scheduled to pitch on Friday, while Hernandez was set to go on Saturday. Instead, left-hander Marco Gonzales will start on Friday and right-hander Andrew Moore will start on Saturday.
After his start on Monday night where he pitched six innings and allowed one run to improve to 6-5 on the season, Hernandez confirmed he wouldn’t pitch again in 2017. It’s something he discussed with Servais in the days leading up to it.
“He’s gone through a long year with the shoulder barking for the majority of the year,” Servais said. “I thought last night he did a really good job to hang in there. He didn’t have really great stuff. It wasn’t hurting him. But it was just kind of dead arm. He’s at the end of the year and I don’t know what benefit there would be to running him out there.”
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Hernandez had two separate stints on the DL for shoulder bursitis this season, missing from April 26 to June 22 the first time and from August 5 to September 13. He was on the disabled list for a total of 82 games. Hernandez made a total of 16 starts and posted a 4.36 ERA. It was the fewest amounts of starts for a full season in his career. Hernandez is under contract for the next two seasons and owed over $53 million.
Acquired in September from the Cardinals, Leake has been outstanding for Seattle. In five starts, he posted a 3-1 record with a 2.53 ERA. Part of what made Leake attractive was his club control for at least the next three seasons. He will be locked into a rotation spot next year and the Mariners want him to remain durable. Leake admitted that he had dealt with some unspecified physical issues with the Cardinals prior to the trade.
“Mike has actually has battled some things, a little bit of a lat issue and stuff like that,” Servais said. “He’s certainly managed it very well since joining us. Obviously if those games had meant anything and we were still in the playoff chase,…