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Joe West to be crew chief for ALCS

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Boston Red Sox fans were pretty exasperated about having to watch Angel Hernandez ump their games in the ALDS. Good news for them: Angel Hernandez will NOT be on the umpire crew for the ALCS against the Astros.

But Joe West will.

Yes, the same Joe West who is often brought up alongside Hernandez when conversations about the worst umpires in the game arise. To be fair, West is a better umpire than Hernandez when it comes to calling the game — who isn’t? — but West certainly has had his run-ins with players and has spent his entire career making games about him rather than the baseball. Here’s hoping he keeps that to a minimum this postseason.

The crews, with their Game 1 assignments included. The crew chief is asterisked:

NLCS

Home: Scott Barry
1B: Alan Porter
2B: Gerry Davis*
3B: Hunter Wendelstedt
LF: Jim Wolf
RF: Brian Gorman
Replay, Games 1-2: Greg Gibson
Replay, Games 3-7: Scott Barry

ALCS

Home: James Hoye
1B: Vic Carapazza
2B: Joe West*
3B: Mark Carlson
LF: Chris Guccione
RF: Mark Wegner
Replay, Games 1-2: Bill Miller
Replay, Games 3-7: James Hoye

Félix Hernández passes Don Drysdale on all-time strikeouts leaderboard

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Mariners starter Félix Hernández pitched well enough for a win on Wednesday afternoon, but Padres starter Chris Paddack was just a little bit better. Hernández allowed one run on three hits and a walk with eight strikeouts in the Mariners’ 1-0 loss. Paddack tossed seven scoreless innings on one hit and one walk with nine strikeouts.

With eight strikeouts on the day, Hernández passed Don Drysdale to move into 36th place on Major League Baseball’s all-time strikeouts leaderboard at 2,488. Max Scherzer currently sits in 35th place at 2,493. Christy Mathewson is Hernández’s next target at 2,507.

On the season, Hernández is now 1-2 with a 3.91 ERA and a 21/3 K/BB ratio across 25 1/3 innings. The 33-year-old had a rough 2017 and ’18, but the first-place Mariners are hoping he has something left in the tank. Hernández is earning $27 million this season and can become a free agent after the season.