Obviously, Felix Hernandez has had better outings for the Seattle Mariners. But on Sunday, in his final start of a brilliant season, Hernandez gave all he could to not only end the season with a win for himself and the Mariners and make one last push for the Cy Young.
Honestly, I don't know if I agree with a writer waiting to decide on a vote about a season's worth of pitching and allowing their final start to help dictate it. Why should it have any more meaning than a start in mid-May or the end of July. I mean obviously, you look at the season as a whole, but deciding between Felix and Zack Greinke shouldn't weigh heavily on their final starts.
If that was the case then Felix had the better final start, he pitched 6 2/3 innings, allowing two earned runs on three hits, while walking one and striking out six.
Greinke in his final start - yesterday against the Twins - pitched six innings, allowed four runs on six hits, and struck out five and walked two.
But hopefully the people who are voting will look at the whole body of work and not allow what appears to a decent but not brilliant start for either player to be the basis. I'm pretty certain the voters won't.
In the interest of full disclosure -- I didn't have a Cy Young vote. I voted on the rookie of the year, Larry had a Cy Young award vote and he voted: 1. Carlos Silva, 2. Miguel Batista, 3. The Mariner Moose.
Just kidding, I don't know how he voted, but perhaps he'll share a blog post on how he voted and why.
Check out their final numbers for 2009. They were both fantastic.
Greinke: 33 starts, 229 1/3 innings pitched, 16-8 record, 2.16 ERA, 242 strikeouts, 51 walks, 6 complete games, 3 shutouts.
Need more stuff on Greinke? Check out Sam Mellinger's blog at the KC Star, for what he calls Greinke-ganda
Felix: 33 starts, 238 2/3 innings, 19-5 record, 2.49 ERA, 217 strikeouts, 71 walks, 2 complete games, one shutout.
From the Mariners media relations....
- Felix Hernandez recorded his 19th win of the season, the most by a Mariner since Jamie Moyer had 21 in 2003…finished with an ERA of 2.49, 4th best in club history…becomes 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.
- Hernandez pitched his ML-best 13th consecutive quality start and his 24th in last 25 outings…was his AL-best 29th quality start this season…ties him for 3rd with Randy Johnson (1999), Kevin Brown (‘98), Greg Maddux (‘93) and Kevin Appier (’93) for most quality starts in the Majors since 1990.
In today'sNews Tribune,
, and I gave my Cy Young to Greinke, but it was a pretty tough decision.
Still, I can't express how good Felix was this year, and if Zack Greinke was not around, he would win this award in a walk.
Here's what Don Wakamatsu said today about him.
"There were a lot of things right about today. The man who basically carried this club got the start and that's Felix. To get his 19th win of the season on the last day is awfully befitting and emotional. To see him start out in spring training and to go as far as he has and mature and become such a dominant pitcher, as a manager it's a joy to watch."
As a fan of baseball and a baseball writer, it's a joy to watch.
And I'm sure if you ask any Mariners fan they would say the same.
So no matter what happens when the awards are announced, Felix Hernandez had a brilliant season and has become the pitcher we all thought and hoped he would become when he rocketed through the Mariners ranks.
He's a true ace. And I consider him one of the best pitchers in baseball. I can't wait to see how good he will be next season.