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.
Hernandez 233 2/3
Weaver 210 2/3
Santana 210 1/3
OK, let’s do the “wins” thing…
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.