Felix Hernandez – A.L. Cy Young Award Finalist

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Seattle Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez has been named a finalist for the American League Cy Young Award along with Chicago White Sox left-hander Chris Sale and Cleveland Indians right-hander Corey Kluber. The announcement was made by the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA) on MLB Network.

The A.L. Cy Young Award winner will be announced live on MLB Network on Wednesday, November 12 (3-4 pm PT).

“To be a finalist for the Cy Young Award is great, that’s what we work for every year, to be one of the best,” said Hernandez. “This recognition is a testament to the hard work that I put in during the offseason and it is great to be mentioned as one of the best pitchers in the American League.”

Hernandez, 28, has already been named the American League’s Outstanding Pitcher by the Sporting News and the American League Outstanding Pitcher by his peers to earn his first Players Choice Award. He was also named a finalist for the Rawlings Gold Glove, was Seattle’s nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award and is Fred Hutch Award nominee (community service award).

He led the AL with a 2.14 ERA and a 0.915 WHIP while yielding a league-low 6.5 hits per nine innings over 34 starts for the Mariners. Felix went 15-6 with 248 strikeouts in his 10th season in the Majors.

Hernandez posted the 4th-lowest ERA for an AL pitcher in a season of 230.0 or more innings since the advent of the Designated Hitter in 1973, behind the Yankees Ron Guidry (1.74 in 1978), Toronto’s Roger Clemens (2.05 in 1997) and Baltimore’s Jim Palmer (2.09 in 1975). He led the American League in WHIP at 0.915, the lowest by an AL pitcher since Pedro Martinez in 2000 (0.737).

He ranked amongst the American League leaders in ERA (1st, 2.14), Opponent Batting Average (1st, .200), Innings (2nd, 236.0), Starts (T1st, 34), Strikeouts (4th, 248), Wins (T8th, 15), Strikeout-to-Walk Ratio (5th, 5.39) and Strikeouts per 9.0 IP (5th, 9.46).

Hernandez won the 2010 American League Cy Young Award when he went 13-12 and led the league in ERA (2.27), starts (34) and innings pitched (249.2). Randy Johnson (1995) is the only other Mariners pitcher to win the A.L. Cy Young Award.

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