King Felix beats David Price for Cy Young
November, 18, 2010
Hernandez’s 13 wins are the fewest of any starting pitcher to win the Cy Young in a non-interrupted season, and the four lowest win totals by a Cy Young-winning starting pitcher have all been posted in the last five seasons. This means that the AL wins leader has won only five of the last nine Cy Youngs, while the AL ERA leader has won four of the last five and five of the last seven awards.
Hernandez is the second Mariners pitcher to win the award joining Randy Johnson, who won in 1995, after posting the lowest ERA by a starting pitcher in franchise history. He’s also just the third American League pitcher since 1980 to throw at least 240 innings with an ERA below 2.30, joining Cy Young winners Bret Saberhagen in 1989 and Roger Clemens in 1997.
Playing on a bad team did not keep Hernandez from winning the award, something that might not have been true before the turn of the century. His team was an even .500, the lowest ever for a Cy Young Award winner. And the Mariners had the worst overall win percentage in baseball history for a team that boasted the Cy Young winner, beating the 1972 Philadelphia Phillies and their .378 win percentage when Steve Carlton won in 1972.
Jon Lester of the Boston Red Sox finished fourth, after going 19-9 with a 3.25 ERA and 225 strikeouts in 208 innings. He was second in the AL in wins, third in strikeouts, first in K per nine innings among starting pitchers and tied for the major league lead with seven double-digit strikeout games.