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AL Cy Young candidates shine

Posted on: September 28, 2010 11:51 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 12:11 pm
Felix Hernandez Tuesday may have been the final outings for the American League's three Cy Young candidates. All three front-runners, Seattle's Felix Hernandez, New York's CC Sabathia and Tampa's David Price would find their spot in the rotation coming back up on Sunday, but it's unlikely to be worth it to throw the aces back out.

In the case of Price and Sabathia, they'd be better served getting ready for the playoffs, and for Hernandez and the Mariners, there's little more to gain.

Regardless, all three were impressive on Tuesday.

Sabathia went 8 1/3 innings, allowing just three hits an a run against the Blue Jays, striking out eight while walking just two. He lowered his ERA to 3.18 and improved to 21-7.

Price went eight shutout innings, allowing six hits and no walks while striking out eight. He's now 19-6 with a 2.73 ERA.

Finally, Hernandez actually picked up a win to go to 13-12, allowing a run on five hits and two walks with five strikeouts in eight innings. He lowered his ERA to 2.27.

Still, Hernandez says he wants to pitch on Sunday. According to the Seattle Times ' Geoff Baker (via Twitter ), Hernandez said he's going to pitch.

"If they say 'no more,' I'm going to go out there Sunday," Hernandez said. "I'm going to get ready and I'm going to go to the mound."

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Since: Nov 4, 2008
Posted on: September 29, 2010 10:43 pm

AL Cy Young candidates shine

Why isn't Jon Lester mentioned in here or anywhere else on the national stage?

Since: Sep 29, 2010
Posted on: September 29, 2010 9:37 am

AL Cy Young candidates shine

With all do respect to Hernandez. If he pitched for the Yanks or Rays hed be right where Clay Bucholz already is. 18-6 with a 2.30 ERA but no one will mention him in the Cy Young race. Not CBS or ESPN.

Since: Aug 17, 2009
Posted on: September 29, 2010 1:04 am

AL Cy Young candidates shine

I have to give props to Sabathia and Price on good seasons, but I have to give Hernandez the CY Young for an amazing season.  If King Felix were pitching for the Yankees or Rays I wonder how many wins he would of gotten?  He became just the 7th pitcher since 1980 to have 30 quality starts.  Which in case you didn't know was giving up 3 or less runs and pitching at least 6 innings.  He only started 34 games.  He has 13 wins right now and of his 12 losses the Mariners have scored a combined 14 runs.  For the Yankees or Rays he may have 25 wins.  For all the people that are obsessed with wins, if he comes out on sunday and gets a win he will have 14.  One less then last years winner Greinke and Felix's season makes Greinke's seem average.  Oh and last year Felix was 19-5 with a 2.49 ERA, so he had the wins and similar stats and didn't win the award.  This man is/has become the most dominant pitcher in baseball.  If not at the top at least top 2 or 3.  The voters should award him for that.  So heres my vote. Good Luck Felix.

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