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Felix Hernandez to get extra rest; Cy Young chances take a hit

Sep 14, 2010, 9:16 AM EDT

Felix Hernandez is up to around 225 innings this year on a Mariners team that has been going nowhere since about five minutes after camp broke. As a result, the M’s are going to give him six days rest between starts for his next two starts. Which is a smart move. He’s the future, and the present is pretty meaningless for the Mariners.

Of course, this will likely put a bullet in his Cy Young hopes. It was already a tough road for King Felix, what with the fact that he’s not good enough to somehow force his teammates to score runs for him, but this makes it rougher. Not that it should. Even with CC Sabathia’s great outing last night and Hernandez’s not so great one his last time out, it would take a boatload of scoreless innings by the former and three or four straight implosions by the latter for the numbers which matter to begin to even out.

But, for a healthy number of writers with Cy Young votes, there’s the dramatic narrative to consider. That narrative today says “CC Sabathia pitched a gutsy eight shutout innings in a pennant race last night, and the next day we learn that the sabermetric darling needs extra rest.”  If the win totals weren’t enough to persuade these guys to vote for Sabathia, the narrative almost certainly is.

  1. BC - Sep 14, 2010 at 9:41 AM

    Sucks to be him if he has a big incentive clause in his contract for winning the Cy Young.

  2. BC - Sep 14, 2010 at 9:42 AM

    Oh, and by the way, David Price was just as good if not better than Sabathia last night. I’m not sayin, I’m just sayin.

  3. josh - Sep 14, 2010 at 11:19 AM

    For the rest of the season, Felix will get the same number of starts but with more rest. I suppose if you think he’ll perform worse with longer rest you may think this harms his chances. Otherwise, I don’t see it – in fact, I think it bolsters them.

  4. Aarcraft - Sep 14, 2010 at 11:25 AM

    Case in point. http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/story/david-price-cc-sabathia-put-on-cy-young-worthy-show-091310. That follows the narrative to a tee.

  5. Mark - Sep 14, 2010 at 1:29 PM

    I would love to hear how Sabathia was worse than Price last night. Considering they both went 8, Sabathia struck out 9, and walked 2 while allowing 2 hits. Meanwhile Price struck out 4 and walked 2.
    I didn’t watch the game so maybe Price had a clutch moment that I’m not aware of, but from the outside it sure as hell seems like CC > Price last night. Which isn’t surprising, considering CC has been the better pitcher this year.

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