The Stat Line of the Night – 11/18/10 – Felix Hernandez
The baseball public — and more importantly — the Baseball Writers’ Association of America is coming around to some critical thinking: wins aren’t what they used to be as a pitching stat.
Why? Because Seattle Mariners’ pitcher Felix Hernandez was awarded the American League Cy Young with a record of just 13-12. His 13 wins are the fewest ever by a starting pitcher in a non-interrupted season to win the award. Hernandez bested David Price of the Rays and CC Sabathia of the Yankees by receiving 21 of the 28 first-place votes and 167 points in the Baseball Writers’ Association of America ballots. Just 24 years old, “King Felix” led the league in innings with 249 2/3, was second in strikeouts with 232 and shut down AL hitters to the lowest batting average allowed at just .212. His 2.27 ERA led all of MLB.
What’s also notable about Hernandez is that he did his best work against the top teams in the AL. He went 7-4 against playoff teams and dominated the powerful Yankees, going 3-0 while allowing just one run against and recording 31 strikeouts in 26 innings.
Congrats to Felix Hernandez, AL Cy Young winner. He has The Stat Line of the Night for 11/18/10.