2014 Mariners Award Candidates
With the 2014 Major League Baseball regular season coming to a close, here is some information on Mariners players (and manager) we believe are worthy of consideration for postseason awards:
- Felix Hernandez – Cy Young Award
- Robinson Cano – MVP, Silver Slugger, Gold Glove, Hank Aaron Award
- Kyle Seager – Silver Slugger, Gold Glove
- Fernando Rodney – Delivery Man of the Year
- Chris Young – Comeback Player of the Year
- Lloyd McClendon – Manager of the Year
FELIX HERNANDEZ | Cy Young Award
- The Record – 14-5, 2.12 ERA (50 ER, 212.0 IP) in 30 starts this season (25 quality starts).
- AL Leaderboard – Opponent Batting Average (1st, .200), ERA (2nd, 2.12), Innings (2nd, 212.0), Starts (T3rd, 30), Strikeouts (4th, 217), Wins (T5th, 13), Strikeout-to-Walk Ratio (5th, 5.29), Strikeouts per 9.0 IP (7th, 9.21).
- The Felix Quality Start – Set a Major League record with 16 consecutive starts allowing 2 or fewer runs in at least 7.0 innings May 18-August 11…old record was 13 straight starts by Tom Seaver in 1971.
- 200 Strikeouts – Is the only pitcher to record 200 strikeouts in each of the last 6 seasons (since 2009).
- You’ll Get 7.0 – Pitched at least 7.0 innings in 22 of 30 starts.
- WHIP & OPS – Leads the A.L. in WHIP (0.915) and 2nd in opponent OPS (.548).
- Team Leader – The Mariners are 20-10 when Felix takes the mound this season.
- After a Loss – Is 8-3 with a 2.01 ERA in 17 starts this season following a Mariners team loss.
- No-Decision – Recorded a 2.00 ERA in 11 no-decisions this season.
- Since May – Is 11-4 with a 1.92 ERA over his last 22 starts (since May 12).
- Sabermetrics – Leads the A.L. in WAR among pitchers (5.7) and 2nd in FIP (2.58).
- All–Star Starter – Was the starting pitcher for the A.L. in the All-Star game in Minneapolis (scoreless inning, 2 K).
ROBINSON CANO | MVP, Silver Slugger, Gold Glove, Hank Aaron Award
- Hitting Machine – Ranks among American League leaders in batting average (4th, .321), hits (2nd, 172), on-base percentage (4th, .387) and OPS (11th, .845).
- Consistency – Recorded at least one hit in 108 of 140 games played this season (54 multi-hit games).
- WAR – Ranks 6th among offensive players in the American League in Wins Above Replacement (11th overall in AL)…highest WAR amongst MLB second basemen.
- Multi-Hit – Ranks 2nd in AL. with 54 multi-hit games…since 2009 leads MLB with 344 multi-hit games.
- Slash Line – Has a triple-slash (AVG-OBP-SLG) of .321/.387/.458…10th-highest combined slash line in the AL.
- 30 Doubles, 10 Home Runs – Has recorded at least 30 doubles and 10 home runs in each of his first 10 Major League seasons (2005-2014)…joins Albert Pujols as the only players to accomplish this in MLB history.
- As Cano Goes, Mariners Go – Batting .349 (101×289) in Mariners wins (played in 77 of 79 wins).
- Clutch Hitting – Lead the Mariners and 10th in AL. batting .327 (34×104) with runners in scoring position.
- Homers that Matter – 9 of 12 home runs this season have been hit with runners on base.
- Gold Glove – Recorded a .992 fielding percentage this season, making only 5 errors in 629 total chances.
- All-Star – Started 5th consecutive All-Star game at second base (6th All-Star game)…joined Hall of Famers Rod Carew (6 straight, 1970-75) & Roberto Alomar (5 straight, 1996-2000) as only second basemen in AL history with 5 straight fan elections.
KYLE SEAGER | Silver Slugger, Gold Glove
- The Totals – Appeared in 142 of 145 Mariners games…batting .275 (145×527) with 27 doubles, 23 home runs and 88 RBI.
- AL Rankings – Among American League leaders ranks 12th in RBI (88), 13th in slugging percentage (.472), 14th in OPS (.817), T14th in home runs (23) and T15th in extra-base hits (54).
- Clutch Hitting – Leads the team and T7th in the AL. with 32 2-out RBI…batting .303 (40×132) with RISP.
- 20 Homers (again) – Recorded his third consecutive season with 20 or more home runs (20 in ’12, 22 in ’13, 23 in ’14)…one of 14 third baseman in MLB history with at least 3 seasons with 20+ HR in first 4 MLB seasons.
- Team Leader – Leads the team in games played (142), home runs (23), RBI (88) extra-base hits (54) and slugging (.472).
- Safeco Production – Hit 16 of 23 home runs at Safeco Field… ranks T3rd in AL in HR at home and 2nd in RBI (53).
- The Hot Corner – Among AL third basemen, ranks 2nd in home runs, RBI and OPS.
- HR Data – Of his 23 home runs, 6 have given the Mariners the lead and 4 were game-tying…T4th in AL with 10 home runs in the 7th inning or later.
- Web Gems – Ranks 2nd among AL third baseman with 8 defensive runs saved (Donaldson – 21)…leads AL 3B in fielding percentage (.979), making only 8 errors in 385 total chances (4 errors in last 124 games).
- All-Star – Selected to his first All-Star team…became first Mariners third baseman to be named to the All-Star team since Edgar Martinez in 1992.
- WAR – Ranks 8th in the American League with a 5.5 WAR, 5th among position players…2nd-highest WAR in MLB amongst 3B.
- Slow Start, Strong Finish – After a slow start in his first 19 games (.156/10×64, 0 HR), has combined to bat .292 (135×463) with 23 home runs, 23 doubles, 4 triples and 86 RBI (.861 OPS) since April 23…during this stretch has the 5th-most RBI and 9th-most extra-base hits (50) in the American League.
FERNANDO RODNEY | Delivery Man of the Year
- Saves Leader – Leads the American League with 44 saves (44-for-47, .936).
- Mariners Saves – Currently 2nd in Mariners history in single-season saves, one shy of Kazuhiro Sasaki’s club-record 45 saves during the record-setting 116-win 2001 season.
- K/9.0 IP – Averaging 9.85 strikeouts per 9.0 innings (66 K, 60.1 IP)…recorded at least one strikeout in 47 of 63 appearances.
- All-Star – Named an All-Star for the second time in his career (also: 2012).
- Saves since 2012 – Recorded 129 saves over the last three seasons (since 2012), trailing only Craig Kimbrel (135).
CHRIS YOUNG | Comeback Player of the Year
- The Numbers – 12-7, 3.35 ERA in 28 G/27 starts this season.
- Back in the Big Leagues – Prior to this season last saw action in the Majors in 2012 with the Mets…pitched 235.0 combined innings from 2009-2012 with the Padres and Mets.
- Opponent Batting Average – Ranks 4th in the American League with a .228 opponent batting average (131×575).
- 2 Hits Allowed – Tied for the MLB lead with 4 starts where he allowed 2 or fewer hits in at least 6.0 innings pitched.
- Career-High Wins – Has tied his career high with 12 wins (also: 2005 with Texas).
- Lots of Innings – 156.0 innings and 28 starts are the most since his All-Star season in 2007 with San Diego.
- The Injuries – Missed most of the 2013 season after undergoing surgery on his right shoulder (thoracic outlet decompression)…made just 8 starts between 2010-11 seasons after undergoing right shoulder surgery.
- 495 DL Days – Spent 495 days on the Major League Disabled list from 2009-2012…also spent 112 days on the minor league disabled list in 2013.
LLOYD MCCLENDON | Manager of the Year
- The Turnaround – Has led the Mariners to a 79-66 (.545) record in his first year as the Mariners manager, already an 8-win improvement from the 2013 season (71-91).
- Working his Magic – Has the Mariners in playoff contention with 17 games remaining in the season…looking for a return to the postseason for the first time since 2001.
- Playing the Tough Guys Tough – Mariners are 38-25 record (.603) vs. teams with a .500 or better record.
- Road Warriors – The team with the most travel miles in baseball (nearly 52,000 miles) has the best road record in the American League, 2nd-best in baseball (42-28/.600).
- Balancing Act – Mixed and matched players using 128 different batting orders in 145 games this season.
- Starts with the Pitching – Despite losing two top starting pitching prospects early in the season, has guided the top pitching staff in the Majors with a team ERA of 3.00.
- Using the ‘Pen – The Mariners have tied a Major League record and set an American League record with 7 relief pitchers with 50 or more appearances…bullpen has the lowest ERA in the Majors at 2.41, currently the since the 1990 Oakland A’s (2.35).
- Back in Action – Managing in the Majors for the first time since 2005 with Pittsburgh.