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King Felix may be shut down early

Sep 20, 2010, 11:32 AM EDT

Felix Hernandez would have three starts left if he stays on regular rest. Kirby Arnold of the Everett Herald reports, however, that he may start only two more games because the team is concerned about his workload. Hernandez’s workload, that is. Not Arnold’s. I’m sure he’ll be able to report for the rest of the season without risking injury or fatigue.

On the one hand I’m a big fan of not pushing your valuable franchise pitchers unnecessarily, and there’s absolutely nothing necessary about the rest of the Mariners season. On the other hand, even if he were to throw three more complete games, he’d still only have 22 more innings this year than last year. And he’s currently 109 pitches behind the number he threw last year. So yes, going all three starts will take him into unprecedented territory, but it won’t take him into crazy land. If they want to truly preserve him, why not just shut him down now?

But hey, if Hernandez is shut down, the writers who support CC Sabathia and David Price for the Cy Young Award* will have another fact they will believe to be in their favor. No, not durability or anything. Probably something about guts and bravery or something equally as compelling as the wins argument tends to be.

*I recently spoke with a couple of writers who had a reasonable request of me: stop referring to “the writers” as if they were some giant groupthinking blob. I try not to do that, but I’ll admit that I’ve done it a bit recently, most notably in connection with the AL Cy Young award and the Jeter phantom HBP thing. And that’s not fair, as there are a lot of them who think sharply about issues, and that’s the case even if they ultimately come out differently than I do. A lot of writers do support Hernandez. A lot of the ones who don’t, don’t do so simply on the “wins = everything” basis I’ve been criticizing. There are a lot of writers who, like me, thought the Jeter thing was much ado about nothing.

Anyway, as a guy who bristles whenever he hears the term “the bloggers” thrown around to describe everything from some mental defect with a LiveJournal account to yours truly, I think it’s more than fair that I avoid similar imprecision when referring to newspaper guys. Going forward, I’ll be careful to make it clear that when I’m talking about a dumb opinion, I’m limiting it to those who actually subscribe to the dumb opinion as opposed to everyone in that guy’s field.

  1. NYCBaseball - Sep 20, 2010 at 12:31 PM

    Not many opinonators do what you did here. You’ve just earned about a thousand cool points with me. Not that I matter, either.

  2. Craig Calcaterra - Sep 20, 2010 at 12:35 PM

    Thanks NYC.

  3. Chris Fiorentino - Sep 20, 2010 at 12:40 PM

    One thing I think “the bloggers” and “sabremetricians” are doing is killing “the writers” a little bit too early. Can “the bloggers” and “sabremetricians” wait until “the writers” actually give the “award for the best pitcher in the American League” to the “wins guy” before “the bloggers” kill “the writers” for doing so?

  4. John_Michael - Sep 20, 2010 at 12:44 PM

    When I pictured you saying what you typed, I envisioned you using air quotes. That made what you said funny.

  5. Jonny5 - Sep 20, 2010 at 3:06 PM

    Hmm? well as long as you’re taking “reasonable requests” on how you are to express yourself on your blog and all, I have some. Stop using the word Snark-snarky, as well as Uber. Are you a valley girl or something? Like totally, gag me with a spoon.

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