Stats to know: King Felix wins again

September, 3, 2014
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Four numerically-inclined thoughts on Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Felix Hernandez, who secured a big win for his team against the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday afternoon: 1. His numbers against the good teams are really good. Hernandez improved to 4-0 with a 2.15 ERA against the Athletics this season and 10-3 with a 2.03 ERA against teams that currently have winning records.

He’s now allowed 12 earned runs in eight starts this season against the top two teams in the AL West, as he’s 2-0 with a 1.25 ERA in three starts against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

2. For whatever you value wins to be worth, it’s somewhat amazing that Hernandez has won more than 14 games once in nine full big-league seasons.

He’s at 14 and counting with five starts to go.

Hernandez has allowed one run or fewer in 13 starts this season. He’s been credited with the win in seven of them.

But some of Hernandez’s teammates have done their best to support him, and then some.

Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager hit a game-tying home run on Wednesday. He has a .318/387/.538 slashline in Hernandez’s 29 starts this season. He’s hitting .267 in his other starts.

3. Perhaps Hernandez is getting a little tired. In three of his last four starts, his miss rate has been below 18 percent (for the season, he nets misses on 27 percent of his swings). Of Hernandez’s 161 fastballs in that span, he’s gotten only four swings and misses. He’d averaged a swing and miss for every 17.5 fastballs he threw prior to that.

Hernandez surpassed 200 innings for the seventh time in his career. Only one other active pitcher threw 200 innings seven times by the time he reached his “age 28 season” -- Mark Buehrle.

In fairness to Hernandez, he did average 92.2 mph with his fastball on Wednesday, just slightly below his season average of 92.4.

4. Even if he is tired, his changeup is still amazing. Hernandez threw 36 of them resulting in 11 outs and only one hit allowed.

Hernandez leads the majors in outs recorded with his changeup this season with 258. The next-closest are John Danks and Alex Cobb with 211.

Last season, Hernandez ranked 19th in the majors in outs record with that pitch with 148.
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