Felix Hernandez threw a perfect game five days ago and now has been named the AL Player of the Week because of it. And who can really argue? Well, this is the internet, so I’m sure somebody can, but I won’t.
Just as we mentioned the team’s offense hasn’t really surged all that much during this current streak, we do have to continue pointing out that the starting pitching has indeed been better. Whether it’s Hernandez positioning himself for another Cy Young Award, or Jason Vargas winning AL Pitcher of the Month for July, or Hisashi Iwakuma winning three of his last four starts and striking out 13 in a game against the Blue Jays, we’ve seen some strong outings by M’s on the mound.
And they continue to get noticed outside of Seattle.
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Hernandez never won this award in 2010 when he was wrapping up his first Cy Young. That’s a big indicator that he has managed to get himself notcied on a national scale this week, which always helps in a Cy Young race.
Also, potential frontrunner Jered Weaver of the Angels got wallopped for nine earned runs in just three innings a couple of nights back, which could indeed have pushed Hernandez out in front of this race along with Justin Verlander of the Tigers.
So, we’ll see.
But the M’s have been solid on the mound in the second half and continue to get noticed for it.
The last Mariners pitcher to earn Player of the Week honors? Joel Pinero on May 7, 2006.
Justin Smoak won the award last May. Hernandez had never won it before now.