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No no-no, but Felix Hernandez beats Indians for 12th win

Aug 22, 2012, 12:35 AM EDT

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Felix Hernandez didn’t make any sort of run at Johnny Vander Meer’s unbreakable record of back-to-back no-hitters Tuesday — he gave up a single to Jason Kipnis, the very first batter he faced — but he did limit the Indians to one run in 7 2/3 innings in a 4-1 victory.

Meanwhile, the other Hernandez on the mound for Cleveland — Roberto, the former Fausto Carmona — did make things interesting for a bit, pitching 4 2/3 hitless innings before Eric Thames homered. He ended up allowing four runs on three hits in six innings.

Felix Hernandez, meanwhile, scattered seven hits, but every last one was a single. He walked one and struck out five in improving to 12-5 on the season. Since Jered Weaver got shelled last time out, King Felix currently stands third in the AL with a 2.54 ERA.

Hernandez has gone 13 straight starts without taking a loss. AL Cy Young voters figure to take into account his lack of run support when it’s time to pick a winner come early October. One more shutout could really help his case; if he gets his fifth, he’d be the first AL starter to reach that total since David Wells in 1998.

  1. scouter2012 - Aug 22, 2012 at 12:44 AM

    Cy Young. It’s gonna happen!

    • cosanostra71 - Aug 22, 2012 at 12:49 AM

      Weaver is giving him a real shot with his performance since the All-Star Game. Although I hope Weaver can rebound, Felix is killing it lately!

  2. josh1819 - Aug 22, 2012 at 1:25 AM

    seriously? WEAVER is giving him a shot? what about that guy in Tampa….oh David Price I think? no run support and 16 wins.and the best era. I’m sorry, but he’s been better than anyone including the king.

    if he gets robbed, its a joke.

    • pdowdy83 - Aug 22, 2012 at 9:17 AM

      Eh, I believe he was referring to Weaver struggling since the All Star break, not that Weaver is his only competition for the award.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Aug 22, 2012 at 9:35 AM

      I’m sorry, but he’s been better than anyone including the king.

      era/FIP/xFIP

      Pitcher A – 2.54/2.83/3.29
      Pitcher B – 2.28/3.06/3.12

      Essentially a push across the board, same as the peripherals (K rate, BB rate and HR rate). So we can say they are tied; however,

      Pitcher A – 26 Starts, 187.2 IP
      Pitcher B – 25 Starts, 170.0 IP

      17IP is a big advantage for Pitcher A, so that’s a reasonable tie breaker. As for run support

      Pitcher A – 3.81
      Pitcher B – 4.62

      A is Hernandez, B is Price

  3. randygnyc - Aug 22, 2012 at 1:51 AM

    He belongs as the Yankees number 2.

    • nworca - Aug 22, 2012 at 2:20 AM

      Again you show your knowledge of baseball. If, as in your fantasies, Felix was a Yankee, he’d be number one. After all, he’s the best in the new Yankee stadium.

  4. storebrandcookies - Aug 22, 2012 at 2:13 AM

    Felix is top-3 in terms of most enjoyable pitchers to watch when his stuff is on. If he had consistent run support, he would be sniffing 20 wins a year.

    • nworca - Aug 22, 2012 at 2:22 AM

      An might be soon. The Ms are 24-13 since the All Star break, best in the AL during that stretch.

  5. burm61 - Aug 22, 2012 at 8:49 AM

    The Tribe have quit on Acta. They should fire him and bring in a manager who isn’t afraid to provide a team with some spark.

  6. josh1819 - Aug 22, 2012 at 10:39 AM

    so innings pitched is a better tie breaker than era where price is soundly winning? uh……….

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Aug 22, 2012 at 11:25 AM

      no, ERA is a bad measure of how a pitcher pitches, because it’s very dependent on the defense behind him. But thanks for ignoring everything else I wrote.

  7. pacnw16 - Aug 22, 2012 at 11:32 AM

    Matthew Poulliot, is it that hard to get the score right…it was 5 to 1.

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