Thursday, March 14, 2013

2011 Opening Day Felix Hernandez

Pitching categories are a crazy thing. When I was younger, wins and strikeouts were used to determine a pitchers worth. The more, the better. They still do but other categories like ERA and WAR and WHIP have a little bit more say. Today's card is a good example of  that.

In 2009, Felix Hernandez tied for the American League lead with 19 Wins. Neither Hernandez, nor Justin Verlander or CC Sabathia (the other two 19 game winners) brought home the Cy Young Award that season. Instead, it went to 16-game winner Zack Greinke, who happened to lead the American League with a 2.19 ERA, 10.1 WAR and 1.073 WHIP.
But enough about Greinke because this post is about King Felix. He followed up his 2009 campaign with a less than stellar 13-12 record in 2010. But a closer look reveals he just didn't get enough team support. Hernandez lead the American League with 249.2 Innings Pitched, 6.8 WAR (for Pitchers) and a 2.27 ERA. He was also second with a 1.057 WHIP. So despite not even cracking the top 15 in Wins and barely maintaining a .500 record. Hernandez brought home to the 2010 Cy Young Award.

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