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Felix Hernandez beats Twins for fifth shutout of season

Aug 27, 2012, 11:45 PM EDT

Felix Hernandez AP

Felix Hernandez pitched a five-hitter Monday against the Twins to become the first American League pitcher since David Wells in 1998 to notch five shutouts in a season.

It was his ninth career shutout.

Hernandez has won nine straight decisions to put himself right in the thick of the AL Cy Young race. The shutout stat can’t hurt. Besides Wells, the only AL starter to record five shutouts in a season since 1990 was Roger Clemens in 1992. In the eight seasons from 2003-2010, there were six years in which no AL starter had more than two shutouts.

Hernandez made an unlucky loser of Liam Hendriks tonight in a 1-0 game. Hendriks pitched a three-hitter in his first career complete game, yet he fell to 0-7 on the season.

Hernandez hasn’t lost since June 12. At 13-7, he’s still three wins behind David Price and Jered Weaver. However, he is closing in on Price’s AL ERA lead (Price is at 2.28, Hernandez 2.43 and Justin Verlander 2.50). He’s also third in the league with 184 strikeouts.

  1. machomarino13 - Aug 27, 2012 at 11:55 PM

    Price got shelled tonight. Felix leads thr MLB in ERA

    • proudlycanadian - Aug 28, 2012 at 7:56 AM

      Price now has a 2.53 ERA.

  2. randygnyc - Aug 28, 2012 at 12:02 AM

    The Yankees have to take Felix from the mariners this winter.

    • Jeremy T - Aug 28, 2012 at 12:11 AM

      Really? Again? Repeat after me, Randy. This. Story. Is. Not. About. The. Yankees.

      Was that so hard?

      • scratchnsniffnblog - Aug 28, 2012 at 12:28 AM

        In fairness to Randy, the story contains all the letters necessary to spell New York Yankees.

      • gammagammahey - Aug 28, 2012 at 1:37 AM

        It’s all right there if you look. Just coded messages.

    • theawesomersfranchise - Aug 28, 2012 at 12:39 AM

      Gary Sanchez, Manny Banuelos, Dellin Betances, Mason Williams, Dave Phelps is a starting point, what else ya got?

      • marinersnate - Aug 28, 2012 at 2:30 AM

        “Gary Sanchez, Manny Banuelos, Dellin Betances, Mason Williams, Dave Phelps is a starting point, what else ya got?”

        That is not even enough to rent King Felix’s glove.

    • nworca - Aug 28, 2012 at 12:46 AM

      Oh, give it up, Randy! You’re starting to sound as over the hill as the rest of your yankees.

    • proudlycanadian - Aug 28, 2012 at 7:58 AM

      Some people just do not appreciate Randy’s sense of humor.

      • stex52 - Aug 28, 2012 at 8:54 AM

        Do some appreciate it?

      • proudlycanadian - Aug 28, 2012 at 9:26 AM

        I have no idea as nobody has done a survey.

  3. scratchnsniffnblog - Aug 28, 2012 at 12:33 AM

    King Felix is reigning supreme. Skip Bayless says we would be remiss if we don’t wonder if Felix is a cyborg half-man/half-pitching machine sent from the future to bean John Connor with a fastball and end his career before he can organize the resistance to a sentient sabermetrics smartphone app.

    Oh, right. Like he hasn’t said more outlandish things for attention.

  4. jlovenotjlo - Aug 28, 2012 at 1:34 AM

    I’d say this locks up the CY Young

    • spudatx - Aug 28, 2012 at 1:40 AM

      Yet Verlander leads him in WHIP, K, K/IP, WAR… I think there is still room for discussion. Verly isn’t going quietly if he loses this race.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Aug 28, 2012 at 7:29 AM

        They have almost similar stats:

        Felix – 196.2 IP, 2.43 ERA/2.82 FIP/3.28 xFIP, 23.8 K%, 5.5 fWAR
        Verlander – 190.2 IP, 2.50 ERA/2.96 FIP/3.30 xFIP, 25.5 K%, 5.5 fWAR

        As an aside, for the good of all of us, if you are going to quote WAR, let us know which one you are quoting (rWAR for bref and fWAR for fangraphs). Thanks

      • jlovenotjlo - Aug 28, 2012 at 4:19 PM

        That’s true. I’m wrong in saying he locked it up. Just getting a little too excited..

  5. aceshigh11 - Aug 28, 2012 at 3:24 AM

    What an amazing talent. This guy is a monster of pitcher.

  6. pmiller1129 - Aug 28, 2012 at 4:47 AM

    Felix is staying put!! Period. Yankee fans, Felix lives year round in Seattle and his wife loves it here. If the Yankees prospects are so good then they should put them on their roster and showcase their great talent. Oh wait that would be bad since they would be seen as horribly overrated like almost all Yankee prospects. The only trade to ever work out for another team was the Granderson-Jackson deal. Onto the Cy Young, after his 5th shutout and a Perfect game how does he not take the Cy Young? I understand Verlander is great this year as well but Felix is King and will reign for another year. Verlander only has 1 shut out vs. Felix’s 5!! Yes Verlander leads in BABIP but its not like he is way out in front over Felix.

  7. jshawaii22 - Aug 28, 2012 at 7:20 AM

    He pitches for the MARINERS. He is worth 5 more wins by default. Cy Young #2 for Felix


  8. randygnyc - Aug 28, 2012 at 12:13 PM

    Proudly gets it.

    • Jeremy T - Aug 28, 2012 at 10:35 PM

      oh, you actually were trying to make a joke? If that’s the case, I’m sorry for underestimating you.

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