Felix Hernandez leads the American League in ERA and inning pitched, but has he done enough to win the American League Cy Young award? Vote here.
If Major League Baseball announced the 2012 Cy Young awards Thursday, the winners would be Tampa Bay’s David Price in the American League and R.A. Dickey of the Mets in the National League, according to the “MLB Cy Young Predictor,” an in-season snapshot of the competition to be the best pitcher in each league. Price is 17-5, 2.54 ERA and has 160.5 “Cy Young Points.” Dickey, a former Mariner castoff (2008) who won his 18th game Wednesday, is 18-4, 2.64 and has 163.1 points.
According to the Cy Young Predictor, Seattle’s Felix Hernandez (13-6, 2.51) would finish third in the AL voting behind Price and Tampa Bay closer Fernando Rodney, who has 42 saves and a 0.71 ERA.
Hernandez, named the American League Pitcher of the Month for August, might have ranked higher than third had he not dropped his last start, his first loss in 10 decisions.
The Mariners, 2-1 winners over Boston behind Kevin Millwood Wednesday, are naturally tub-thumping a Hernandez candidacy. The Mariners make these compelling points about their ace:
Hernandez, who also threw a perfect game Aug. 15, takes the mound Friday and will be opposed by A.J. Griffin, who will make his first career start against Seattle. A closer look at the weekend matchups.
Hernandez: The Mariners ace suffered his first defeat since June 12 in a 5-2 loss to the Angels Saturday but is still 9-1 with a 1.62 ERA over his last 15 starts; vs. Athletics: 2012, 1-1, 3.10 ERA in four starts covering 29,0 innings; career, 13-5 with a 2.63 ERA in 25 outings.
Griffin: Griffin pitched a three-hitter over seven innings in his previous start, his first since returning from the disabled list with a strained right shoulder. The rookie has been pitching well all year and has a 1.50 ERA in three road games.
Iwakuma: After 7.1 scoreless innings against the Angels last Sunday, Iwakuma has allowed just one earned run in his last four starts. In an impressive late season run, the righty is 5-1 with a 1.59 ERA in his last eight starts; vs. Athletics: 2012, 0-1, 2.45 ERA in one relief appearance covering 3.2 innings; 7.4 strikeouts per nine innings.
Anderson: After returning from Tommy John surgery, Anderson made five starts for Sacramento, going 1-1 with a 4.24 ERA. He made his first start for Oakland Aug. 21, defeating Minnesota 4-1. In three starts covering 20.0 innings, Anderson has allowed just two earned runs with 15 strikeouts and three walks; vs. Mariners: 2012, 0-0, 0.00 ERA; career, 6-3, 1.90 ERA in 12 starts covering 75.2 innings; 63 strikeouts to 16 walks; five home runs; 7.5 strikeouts per nine innings.
Vargas: Vargas got back on track with seven innings of one-run ball in a 4-1 win over Boston Monday, increasing his career high win total to 14. vs. Athletics: 2012, 2-0 with a 1.98 ERA in four starts; career, 5-4, 3.24 ERA in 13 games, including 11 starts, covering 75.0 innings.
Milone: Milone has won only two of his last six decisions and is coming off an 8-3 loss to the Los Angeles Angels Sept. 3, in which he allowed five earned runs on 10 hits. He lasted just 3.0 innings. Vs. Mariners: 2012 (and career) 1-1, 2.25 ERA in two starts covering 20.0 innings; lost to the Mariners 4-0 April 14, defeated the Mariners 1-0 June 25 at Safeco Field.