Mariners notebook: Felix’s numbers give him a strong Cy Young case

Sep 29, 2014, 5:44 PM | Updated: Sep 30, 2014, 11:58 am
Felix Hernandez had better numbers than fellow Cy Young candidate Corey Kluber in most categories. ...
Felix Hernandez had better numbers than fellow Cy Young candidate Corey Kluber in most categories. (AP)

What do you mean, the season is over?

On a personal and selfish note, I am so disappointed that I did not get to go to the stadium with a suitcase today. The experience of covering this team the past two weeks was very different from any two weeks in September I have covered before and it was about to get crazy. A good crazy. As I deal with the disappointment I will leave you with some notes.

• The Mariners have put out their final “Felix Facts” sheet (pictured below); A big tip of the cap to Jeff Evans for putting this together. The numbers are impressive across the board, and I think that when all is said and done Felix will come out on top in the Cy Young Award voting. Cleveland’s Corey Kluber had a remarkable season, and it is close, but I think the majority of voters will go with the counting stats. I think what actually happened on the field will decide the vote. Felix allowed fewer runs. Opponents hit .200 off him as compared to .233 off Kluber. That is significant. There is an even bigger difference in OPS, with Felix holding a .546 mark and Kluber at .624. Kluber should get a good number of votes but Felix should win his second Cy Young. Bovada betting service agrees, listing Felix as the favorite at 2/3 and Kluber second at 11/10.



• More pitching: As you should know by now, the Mariners’ pitching staff put up a franchise-best 3.17 ERA in 2014. How big of a turnaround from 2013 was that? Two-hundred runs. The Mariners allowed 200 fewer runs in 2014 than 2013. The starters allowed 397 runs, down from 481, and the relievers allowed 157 runs, down from 273. The 200-run swing is also the best in team history, with the previous biggest drop coming from 2000 to 2001 when Mariners pitchers allowed 153 fewer less.

• The offense scored just 10 more runs in 2014 than 2013. Seattle had the third-worst runs scored at home and fifth best on the road in baseball. We will get to all of that later.

• Robinson Cano is the Mariners’ nominee for the Hank Aaron Award, which recognizes the best offensive player in each league. Fans can vote on this award here.

• The first bit of offseason housekeeping has taken place. Jesus Montero was required to be activated from the suspended list, as the season has ended. This put the 40-man roster at 41. To make room for Montero, the Mariners have DFA’d Corey Hart, who was to be a free agent anyway.

• With the regular season now complete, the draft order has been released. The Mariners hold the 21st selection.

• Looking ahead, I am planning on having a chat on Thursday, most likely at noon. Details will be posted here on the blog once confirmed. Also, the media is scheduled to meet with general manager Jack Zduriencik and manager Lloyd McClendon for a year-end session Tuesday afternoon. Look for a wrap up here later that day.

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