Hernandez was 9-0 with 1.40 ERA in 14 starts prior to dropping games to the Angels and A's. But if the right-hander doesn't have momentum, the Mariners certainly do after taking the first two contests of a three-game set with the Blue Jays.
"Those last two outings weren't good," Hernandez said Wednesday. "I've got to do something better."
"Everybody is off every now and again," said manager Eric Wedge. "But he's just been so good and so consistent, I look forward to coming out here and having him pitch a good ballgame for us."
Hernandez will be facing Henderson Alvarez, a fellow native of Valencia, Venezuela, and an admirer of King Felix.
"We talked a little bit. He told me I was his idol. I realized this week we're facing each other now. It should be fun," Hernandez said. "He's good. He's young and needs to learn, and he's going to be better. We talked about how he needs to pitch and handle things. I try to help. He's a countryman. But [Thursday], I'm not going to help. Nope."
Alvarez might not need any help after limiting the Red Sox to just two runs on four hits in 6 1/3 innings on Friday. That win broke a streak of five straight losses and lowered his ERA from 5.04 to 4.95.
"He was powerful, he threw a lot of strikes, he kept the ball on the ground," Blue Jays manager John Farrell said. "After the sixth inning, he said there was some stiffness in the back of the tricep, so we were going to [remove him] regardless of what took place ... in the seventh inning."
Mariners: Seager producing on the road
Kyle Seager has been a different batter on the road this season, hitting .294. Seager, who is hitting .254 on the season, has posted back-to-back three-hit games to open a six-game road trip.
"The way he's swinging the bat, he's really figuring it out," said Wedge. "He's been a good run producer for us. He's had big hits at big times."
Blue Jays: Romero's woes continue
Ricky Romero lost his 13th straight game on Wednesday, as the Blue Jays fell, 3-2. The left-hander, who hasn't won a game since June 22, only allowed three runs but also gave up eight hits in just four innings.
Jesus Montero's career-high nine-game hitting streak came to an end with an 0-for-4 performance on Wednesday. Montero hit .394 (13-for-33) during the streak.
The Mariners lead the season series with the Blue Jays, 6-2, heading into Thursday's finale.