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September 23, 2010 at 8:10 AM

Felix Hernandez goes for win No. 13 this afternoon, tries to claim series for Mariners

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Wow, three home runs in one game by Jose Lopez. Good for him. Could have used a few of those back in May. Even spread out over a week, but, it is what it is. First career accomplishment like that for Lopez, setting up today series finale in Toronto where Felix Hernandez goes for win No. 13.
For me, unless Hernandez gets completely blown out his final few starts, he has already made his Cy Young case.
Let’s run down the numbers again.


ERA
Hernandez 2.35
Buchholz 2.39
Price 2.79
Cahill 2.81
Weaver 2.99
INNINGS PITCHED
Hernandez 233 2/3
Sabathia 224
Weaver 210 2/3
Santana 210 1/3
Pavano 210
STRIKEOUTS
Hernandez 222
Weaver 220
Lester 212
Verlander 198
Liriano 191
WHIP
Lee 1.00
Hernandez 1.07
Weaver 1.07
Cahill 1.07
Pavano 116
OK, let’s do the “wins” thing…
Sabathia 20
Lester 18
Pavano 17
Santana 17
Verlander 17
Yes, wins are obviously an indication of the best pitcher, judging by the number of appearances by the top-5 wins-getters atop the other major pitching categories, right? Right? Yeah, sure. Carl Pavano was the third-best pitcher in the AL. Yup.
You know what I’m thinking? Based on what the top categories say, I’d put Jered Weaver ahead of C.C. Sabathia at this point.
But No. 1 is pretty clear. You have one guy atop three of the major categories. Felix Hernandez just can’t score runs for himself. That’s what some will use to try to deny him the award. What a shame.

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