Posted by Brady
While reading some of my normal, everyday baseball blogs today, I came across a post talking about the American League Cy Young Award, and it was very Team Felix. After reading it, I was skimming through the comments and saw this one.
“so then for debate sake if King felix is traded to NY and goes 24-2 then he should not be considered for the award? With that logic one could say that you are a poor sportswriter due to that fact that you write for a paper that is only good for fishwrap”
It then went on to talk about how David Price is your 2010 AL Cy Young Award recipient. And it made me seriously think about what Hernandez winning the Cy Young Award would mean.
By now, we are all well aware of what Hernandez has done in the traditional sense. 13 wins and 12 loses. A league leading ERA of 2.27, and 231 strikeouts. But does a win for Felix create a wider acceptance of advanced statistics? Hernandez is second in AL starters in WAR (6.4), 4th in FIP (3.05), and 2nd in WHIP (1.06) and only Dallas Braden and Carl Pavano had more shutouts.
Hernandez had more than 20 quality starts, and he was given a loss on 6 of them! He was betrayed by his offense, his defense, and his bullpen.
The Mariners offense ranks DEAD LAST in every category you can think of. Home runs? 101. Average? .235. On base percentage? .298. SLG% .340. The Seattle offense scored 510 runs. The lowest total of any team since the advent of the designated hitter.
The bullpen allowed 213 runs, and had a WHIP of 1.37, with a 4.40 FIP. And while the 2010 Mariners had a very rangy defense, they did make 109 errors, they allowed more than their fair share of stolen bases, checking in at 146.
The Mariners were a complete mess this year, and it seems this year, more than any other year (I’m looking at you Zack Grienke), a great pitcher will not be penalized for things beyond his control. If Hernandez wins this year, it will mark the beginning of looking for more than a 20 game winner to for the Cy Young.
All that being said, I just want to make sure people know, in case that person who posed the comment about Felix going 24-2 with the Yankees in Make Believe Land, that we here at PTAPP don’t hate 20 game winners. In fact, we love Roy Halladay.