Mariners Season Of Change Could Result In Multiple Postseason Awards
By Dan Hughes
Jul 15, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; American League pitcher Felix Hernandez (34) of the Seattle Mariners throws a pitch in the first inning during the 2014 MLB All Star Game at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports
Cy Young Award
When Felix won the Cy Young award in 2010, many writers took to the internet blasting the process. Claiming that a player with a record of 13-12 had no reason to win the Cy Young. People overlooked his MLB-best 2.27 ERA and the fact that he played on a subpar team.
Now, Felix is having a fantastic season. He won’t win 20 games – though he was on pace for a time – but he is at or near the top of several pitching categories in the American League.
His 2.14 ERA is second to Chris Sale. His 14 wins is tied for 8th, three behind the AL leader Jared Weaver of the Angels. Mariners fans know all too well how many wins he should have right now.
He’s 2nd in the AL in innings pitched, opponents are batting .202 against him (3rd in the AL) and his WHIP stands at a league-best 0.92. He is also 4th in the AL in strikeouts.
You could also make a strong argument for Hisashi Iwakuma, who missed the first month of the season and still has 14 wins.
But this is Felix’s award to lose in my opinion. Some will vote for Chris Sale, some will vote for Max Scherzer and that’s fine, but it’s been Felix’s award to lose since Opening Day.