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Poll: Should Felix Hernandez pitch on Sunday?

Sep 29, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

Pretend you're Daren Brown and Jack Zduriencik. OK, once you've stopped screaming, answer this question . . .

Felix Hernandez is scheduled to pitch on the last day of the season. He wants the ball. The Mariners are on the fence about whether he should take the start or rest, due to his 249.2 innings pitched this year.  They’re going to decide what to do with him tomorrow.  What do you think?

  1. RichardInBigD - Sep 29, 2010 at 5:52 PM

    I remember back in about 1992, Randy Johnson had 19 K’s after 8 innings, on the next to the last day of the season, with the Mariners being DONE. He didn’t come out for the 9th. I don’t recall ever being so disappointed in a managerial decision ever. Bill Plummer finished the season (1 or 2 more games), and Sweet Lou was the manager the following opening day. As it should have been. When wins and losses no longer matter, you can always fall back on individual performances to give a measure of joy to the fans…

  2. Steve C - Sep 29, 2010 at 6:18 PM

    I’d like to see a “leave it up to Felix” option.

  3. Scott - Sep 29, 2010 at 6:40 PM

    Start him for reasons 2) and 3) but keep him on a low pitch count (80ish)

  4. Md23Rewls - Sep 29, 2010 at 8:02 PM

    He’s been pitching in meaningless games all year long, might as well throw him out there for one more. It would be a fitting end to a fine year that had pretty much no impact on the good stuff (read: the playoffs).

  5. mezzie - Sep 29, 2010 at 8:32 PM

    What exactly does “meaningless” mean for professional athletes being paid millions of dollars to perform at the top of their game night after night?
    Was it a meaningless game when he shut out the Yankees 7-0 on June 30, allowing 2 hits and striking out 11? Or 10 days later when he beat them again, 4-1, in another complete game? Or again on August 20th, when he pitched 8 shutout innings against them again? Or when he beat Texas twice in the past 2 weeks, pitching 16 innings and allowing 2 runs?
    Are all the top teams he’s been dominating all season suddenly not trying when they play the Mariners? Are these games “meaningless” only for the Mariners and thus it’s somehow “easy” for him to beat them? That doesn’t say a lot for those teams now, does it.
    CC Sabathia got to face the Orioles 5 times this year, winning 4 until they suddenly got good in September. Were those games “meaningless” or “meaningful”?
    If teams are running out their top lineups and trying to win, there are no “meaningless” games.
    That said, I’d love to see him pitch one more time even though the whole playoff picture has been decided :)

  6. Md23Rewls - Sep 29, 2010 at 9:01 PM

    No, those games in which he pitched against playoff teams were not meaningless, at least not for the playoff teams involved. However, to act like they mattered for Seattle is a little hard for me to buy. If the Yankees had shellacked him 10-0, it would not have hurt their playoff chances, because they had none. Sabathia’s wins against the Orioles were meaningful, as they directly impacted the Yankees’ playoff standing. Felix Hernandez beating the Orioles is NOT as meaningful. It’s just not. You can say that everything’s equal, but that pretends that both Seattle and New York are in a playoff race.
    And of course Sabathia’s September issues have been meaningful, because again, every time he’s struggled, it has had an effect on the Yankees’ potential playoff position. I didn’t think anything in my comment could be read as saying that Hernandez wasn’t having a good season. Just that he rarely pitches in games that matter. Which is true. Give the guy the Cy Young, but let’s not pretend that Felix Hernandez is pitching in games that matter to anything outside of Felix Hernandez’s numbers. He could lose 50-0 and it would have the same impact on the larger picture as if he had shut a team out. That’s just the way it is. Sucks for him that he’s stuck on such a lousy team…

  7. tjwilliams - Sep 29, 2010 at 9:28 PM

    I found that game.
    Randy Johnson had 18 strikeouts through 8 innings, but had thrown 160 pitches. I’d say they made the right call.

  8. Panda_Claus - Sep 30, 2010 at 12:06 AM

    Heck he’d be pitching against the A’s. That’s a good chance to solidify his stats, especially at home.
    In theory he could be trying to help his team pass the Orioles in the overall league standings too, although doing so could cost themselves draft position (shades of Stephen Strasburg all over again).

  9. JBerardi - Sep 30, 2010 at 12:26 AM

    So, maybe the Mariners should have done something about controlling Hernandez’s workload before the last day of the season? All they did during the season was let him throw 109.7 pitches per game this year, third most in baseball.

  10. Trevor B - Sep 30, 2010 at 9:59 AM

    If they were to not have him pitch because their season is over and the games are “meaningless” they should have not had him pitch after the season was 60% over.

    I’d like to see him pitch a CG SHO and put all the Cy Young haters to shame because Felix deserves it regardless of the fact that the team that owns his contract is playing terrible baseball. If Felix has that drive and wants that ball, as the ace of the staff, you give it to him. Felix is the leader of the pitching staff and he wants to show it.

  11. Jonny5 - Sep 30, 2010 at 10:09 AM

    B&C He should be allowed to paint one last work of art just to show what he’s made of. If he pitches a gem he’ll bolster his case for a well deserved award even more. At least give him that opportunity Seattle. Hey, if he has a terrible game pull him, and Sabathia or Price will get his award, but at least afford him that opportunity to try to get what he deserves.

  12. Jonny5 - Sep 30, 2010 at 10:10 AM

    umm I meant A&C. DOPE!

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