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August 25, 2010 at 4:04 PM

Mariners at Boston Red Sox: Aug. 25, 2010 Game 2 thread

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Well, the Mariners lost their fourth in a row, 5-3, earlier today, to the Boston Red Sox. Seattle wasn’t really in the game until they got a three-run seventh inning, thanks to homers from Russell Branyan and Casey Kotchman, who is suddenly streaking.
But before that, it was 4-0 and the M’s had an infield hit in six innings off John Lackey. It is what it is. The team is now 5-6 on the road trip and caps it tonight with Felix Hernandez going against Tim Wakefield, who replaces Jon Lester, who will start later in the week because of the health of Daisuke Matsuzaka.
A bit of a break for the M’s there.
For me, Hernandez is the one thing worth watching about this team now. Hernandez is slowly working his way into Cy Young Award consideration and it isn’t just me noticing. Folks around the country are picking up on how good he’s been when you remove a won-lost record beyond his control.
This website I’ve linked to allows you to see what ESPN’s Buster Olney thinks about the race. He’s a pretty influential guy.


Over on this website, one of our favorites, Gary Armida of Full Count Pitch, makes the case for Hernandez. Armida’s website gets read by plenty of people in the game itself.
Seems like everybody is jumping on the bandwagon now. Most of us in Seattle realized a while ago that Hernandez belonged among the game’s elite despite his 9-10 record. If he was pitching for the Rays, like David Price, he’d probably already be at 20 wins.
This guy right here says that Clay Buchholz of the Red Sox has pitched his way into Cy Young contention. And I agree. When you have 15 wins and lead the league in ERA, you have to be in contention.
But that doesn’t mean he gets to finish ahead of the No. 2 guy for ERA, who happens to lead him by about 50 innings pitched. Fifty innings is five more complete games plus five innings. You cannot justify Buchholz ahead of Hernandez on any logical front if the race were to end right now. You just can’t. It would make a mockery of the system.
Because a seven-inning start is considered very good and Hernandez is at least seven or eight of them better than Buchholz right now. Doesn’t matter that Buchholz pitches for Boston on the East Coast. That’s too big an innings-gap for an argument to be taken seriously.
Unless, of course, wins and losses will again carry the day. That would be a shame.
For now, Hernandez just has to take care of business. It says here that if he does from here on in, he will win the Cy Young.

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