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October 6, 2009 at 11:23 AM

Felix Hernandez wins AL Pitcher of the Month

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It’s not the Cy Young Award, but Felix Hernandez just picked up his second AL Pitcher of the Month award, this one for going 6-0 with a 1.52 ERA in September and his final start on Oct. 4.
Hernandez also won the award in June, when he went 3-0 with an 0.94 ERA. He becomes the first Mariners pitcher to ever win two.
Jarrod Washburn won the award in July. Technically, he won it as a member of the Detroit Tigers, but let’s get real. Washburn had not yet pitched a single game for Detroit when he won the award — the plaque he got mentions the Tigers, not the Mariners, though — right after his July 31 trade.
But in the real world, that makes three of six monthly honors for Mariners pitchers. The last team to do that was the 2005 White Sox. We know what they wound up doing. No, they didn’t finish third.
Will this help Hernandez’s Cy Young chances?
Well, the voting deadline is today, since there’s a playoff happening that still counts as part of the regular season. But I’m sure many voters already cast their ballots back on Sunday, when the season was officially supposed to end.
Anyhow, this can’t hurt his chances. Don’t know if it will help him too much, though.
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