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SAN DIEGO — Can a return to Petco Park in San Diego get Felix Hernandez and the Seattle Mariners back on track?History as well as the Padres‘ 2018 season says Seattle’s trip to San Diego Tuesday and Wednesday might be exactly what Hernandez and the Mariners need to rekindle their fading playoff hopes in the American League West.There is a flicker of hope here as the third-place Mariners come to San Diego trailing Houston by 6 1/2 games in the division race and Oakland by five games in the race for the American League’s second wild-card berth.Article continues below ...While the Mariners are playing the worst team in the National League — aka , the Padres — the A’s and Astros will be going head to head in Houston.The Mariners need a sweep of their two games in San Diego — the first half of a four-game, home-and-home with the Padres — and that is an attainable goal. The Padres return from a 1-5 road trip against National League playoff contenders Colorado and the Dodgers after losing three of four to division-leading Arizona at home.If the Mariners are struggling, the Padres are plummeting. San Diego has gone 7-15 over its last 22 games and are on pace to lose 101 games.And while Felix Hernandez hasn’t exactly been a “King” this season, he has always been the emperor of the Padres , particularly in San Diego.The 32-year-old, 6-foot-3, 225-pound Venezuelan has a 6-3 lifetime record against the Padres with a 2.90 earned run average in 12 starts with a .228 opponents’ batting average and a 1.076 WHIP.But he’s been even tougher on the Padres in San Diego.Hernandez owns a 5-0 lifetime record in seven starts at Petco Park with a 1.51 ERA, a 0.764 WHIP and a .171 opponents’ batting average. In 53 2/3 innings at Petco Park — or almost eight innings per start — Hernandez has given up nine runs on 31 hits and 10 walks with 60 strikeouts.Overall , Hernandez has made 12 starts against the Padres. He has given up 28 runs (27 earned) on 69 hits and 21 walks with 87 strikeouts in 83 2/3 innings.But does that Hernandez still exist? The Venezuelan has struggled this season … and the situation is not getting better as we enter the final month of the season.Hernandez is 8-11 this season with a 5.64 ERA and a 1.415 WHIP in 25 starts. Over his last four appearances (three starts), Hernandez is 0-2 with a 5.96 ERA and a 1.456 WHIP. And on the road this season, Hernandez is 4-6 with a 7.ERA and a 1.624 WHIP in 12 games (11 starts).Opposing Hernandez Tuesday will be 22-year-old Padres rookie right-hander Jacob Nix. The 6-foot-3, 233-pound Nix is 1-2 after three starts with a 6.17 ERA. After allowing only four hits and two walks over six scoreless innings in his major league debut on Aug. 10 , Nix has allowed eight runs on 10 hits and three walks with three strikeouts over 5 2/3 innings in his two most recent starts.Nix will be facing the Mariners for the first time in his career. This will also be his first interleague game. The Montgomery Biscuits (the Double-A affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays) did their best to attract millennials to the ballpark on Saturday night.Among the special features of "Millennial Night" were participation ribbons, napping stations and selfie stations, via WSFA 12 News:WSFA 12 News wsfa12newsIt鈥檚 #MillennialNight at BiscuitBaseball !!! yEylWhVSEFOh, and avocados.For those curious , the promotional night wasn't meant as a shot at millennials. It was meant to poke fun at some of the stereotypes, as Biscuits vice president of corporate and fan engagement Mike Murphy told AdWeek's David Griner earlier this month:"Eighty percent of our office are millennials, me included. We're just trying to have fun with it, have a good time with the cliches with the way people feel about millennials."We thought this would be fun. Something got lost in the sarcasm Brandin Cooks Jersey Elite , possibly."Montgomery is not the first team to host a "Millennial Night." Georgetown soccer hosted a similar event last year that included a section where cell phone use was encouraged over verbal communication.

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