Another solid start from Felix Hernandez last night in Toronto that as Larry points out in his game story can only help his Cy Young resume.
UPDATED: Thought I'd mention that Felix is scheduled to start on Tuesday vs. Trevor Cahill of the A's and on Sunday, Oct. 4 against the Rangers and Scot t Feldman -- those could always change, but he'll have two more starts.
Here's some facts from Mariners baseball information guru Jeff Evans.
- Overall is 17-5 with a 2.49 ERA (62 ER, 224.1 IP) and 207 strikeouts in 32 starts (as of 9/25/09)
- Scheduled to make two more starts this season: 9/29 vs. Oakland & 10/4 vs. Texas. Leads all Major League starters with 27 quality starts and has the 2nd-lowest opponents batting average (.228/190x830).
- Also ranks 2nd in the AL in ERA (2.49), T2nd in starts (32), T2nd in wins (17), 4th in strikeouts (207), 6th in K/9.0 IP (8.30).
- In 10 no-decisions, has a 2.15 ERA (16 ER, 67.0 IP) and received only 2.28 runs of support per game.
- Is currently the only pitcher to rank in the top 5 in the AL in each of the 3 pitching "Triple Crown" categories (W, ERA, K).
- Since Aug. 1 is 6-1 with a 1.94 ERA (17 ER, 79.0 IP) in 11 starts (lowest ERA among AL starters during stretch).
- Has recorded a quality start in 22 of his last 23 starts, going 13-2 with a 1.93 ERA (36 ER, 167.2 IP) since May 24.
- Leads the AL with 7 starts of at least 7.0 shutout innings. Lasted at least 8.0 innings in 10 starts, 2nd-most in the AL.Finished his "road" season going 10-2 with a club-record 1.99 ERA (28 ER, 126.2 IP) in 18 starts.
- Assuming he finishes with an ERA below 3.00, will become just the 2nd pitcher in club history to post a season of 200.0 IP, 200 K's, 15 W and sub 3.00 ERA...Randy Johnson accomplished this in 1995 & 1997.
- Threw his 2nd CG of the season (9.0 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 1 ER, BB, 3 K) on 9/18 vs. NYY.
- The Mariners have gone 23-9 in his 32 starts. Felix has followed a Mariners loss in 22 of his 32 starts, going 14-4 with a 2.47 ERA (42 ER, 153.1 IP) in those games.
- ESPN.com's Cy Young Predictor has Felix 1st the AL with 172.9 "Cy Young Points". Zack Greinke is 2nd with 166.3. -- http://espn.go.com/mlb/features/cyyoung.