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November 4, 2014 at 3:28 PM

No surprise: Felix Hernandez named finalist for American League Cy Young award

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The finalists for the annual Baseball Writers’ Association of America Awards were announced on MLB Network on Tuesday afternoon.

As expected, Felix Hernandez was named a finalist of the award. He is joined by Cleveland’s Corey Kluber and Chris Sale of the White Sox. The winner will be announced on MLB Network on Nov. 12 at 3 p.m. PST.

“To be a finalist for the Cy Young Award is great, that’s what we work for every year, to be one of the best,” Hernandez said in a statement. “This recognition is a testament to the hard work that I put in during the offseason and it is great to be mentioned as one of the best pitchers in the American League.”

The announcement comes a day after Hernandez was named the American League Outstanding Pitcher by his peers in the MLB Players Choice Awards. Last week,  he was named the American League’s Outstanding Pitcher by “The Sporting News.” He was also named a finalist for the Rawlings Gold Glove, was Seattle’s nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award and is Fred Hutch Award nominee (community service award).

But the Cy Young Award is the most coveted honor for pitcher. It’s something he experience in 2010 when he posted a 13-12 record and led the AL in ERA (2.27), starts (34) and innings pitched (249.2).

His numbers in 2014 might be even better.

He went 15-6 with an AL best 2.14 ERA and 0.915 WHIP in a league-high 34 starts

The 2.14 ERA is the lowest by an AL pitcher since Pedro Martinez posted a 1.74 mark in 2000. Hernandez also led the league in in WHIP (0.915), opponent batting average (.200) and opponent on-base percentage (.243). He finished second in the league in innings pitched (236.0) and fourth in strikeouts (248).

And of course there was his MLB record setting streak of 16 straight starts of allowing two runs or fewer in at least seven innings pitches. The previous record was 13 by Tom Seaver in 1971.

Hernandez was the Mariners’ only finalist for a BBWAA award.

 

Monday, November 10, 6:00 p.m. ET:

  • AL Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year: Jose Abreu, Dellin Betances, Matt Shoemaker
  • NL Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year: Jacob deGrom, Billy Hamilton, Kolten Wong

 

Tuesday, November 11, 6:00 p.m. ET:  

  • AL Manager of the Year: Mike Scioscia, Buck Showalter, Ned Yost
  • NL Manager of the Year: Bruce Bochy, Clint Hurdle, Matt Williams

 

Wednesday, November 12, 6:00 p.m. ET:

  • AL Cy Young Award: Felix Hernandez, Corey Kluber, Chris Sale
  • NL Cy Young Award: Johnny Cueto, Clayton Kershaw, Adam Wainwright

Thursday, November 13, 6:00 p.m. ET:

  • AL Most Valuable Player: Michael Brantley, Victor Martinez, Mike Trout
  • NL Most Valuable Player: Clayton Kershaw, Andrew McCutchen, Giancarlo Stanton

 

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