The Stat Line of the Night – 9/6/10 – Felix Hernandez
It hasn’t been an easy year for the Seattle Mariners, but one bright spot has been the pitching of Felix Hernandez. King Felix has had a phenomenal year, putting up ridiculous numbers and mowing down batters left and right. He has a 2.30 ERA, a 1.09 WHIP and has struck out 209 this season. Unfortunately his record this season is a mere one game above .500 at 11-10. In fact, the M’s have scored a combined 10 runs in the 10 losses Felix has taken. Yesterday’s game against the Indians was not much different, but the 3 runs they did give him must have seemed like a ton in comparison.
King Felix threw 111 pitches last night and gave up only 4 hits and 1 walk in 8 innings of work. He also fanned 9 Indians during this impressive performance. Only twice did the Indians even get a man to 2nd base and neither was on any kind of hard hit ball, one being a fielder’s choice and the other on an error. Russell Branyan’s 2-run shot in the 6th inning for the M’s was really all the support Felix needed.
His 209 strikeouts are good for 1st in the American League, while his 2.30 ERA is good for 2nd. And yet due to his 11-10 record on this terrible team, he has unfortunately been overlooked for the Cy Young award even though he has been extremely dominant. For now he has earned the “Stat Line of the Night”, but he deserves a shot at the Cy Young.