Thursday, November 18, 2010

"King" Felix Deserved The Prize

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CONGRATS to "King" Felix Hernandez and Roy "Doc" Halladay on winning the AL and NL Cy Young Awards.

Halladay was pretty much a no-brainer. He went 21-10, 2.44 ERA, 219 K and led the majors with 250.2 IP, 4 shutouts and 9 complete games. His 21 wins led the NL and tied CC Sabathia for the major league lead.

"King" Felix, on the other hand, (for some) was more debatable. He went 13-12 with a 2.27 ERA and 232 Strikeouts. He led the majors in ERA and was second to Halladay in IP with 249.2. Had the Mariners not shut him down in his last regular season start, he would have passed Halladay for the major league-lead in IP and Jered Weaver for the AL-lead in strikeouts. Weaver (233 K) finished with one more strikeout than Hernandez.
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Many would argue that because of his 13-12 record he did not deserve the Cy Young Award. I say, that's hogwash. The Mariners, with a measly 513 runs scored, were the worst run-scoring team in the majors and in 10 of Hernandez' starts they either scored 1 run or were shut out. In his 34 starts, the Mariners scored a total of 104 runs for an anemic 3.05 runs per game.

In a nutshell, the run support the Mariners gave Hernandez was PATHETIC.

On the other hand, second-place finisher David Price (19 wins), third-place finisher CC Sabathia (21 wins) and fourth-place finisher Jon Lester (19 wins) got great run support from their respective teams. The Yankees were first in the major leagues with 859 runs scored, the Red Sox were second with 818 and the Rays were third with 802. The pathetic Mariners were dead-last, behind the Bad News Bears and my nephew's little league team.

Had "King" Felix (who had a major league-leading 30 Quality Starts) pitched for an 800-run scoring team, he probably would have easily won 25 games.

So to say that he didn't deserve the Cy Young Award because of his low win total is purely bs. The voters got it 100% right.

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