Felix and the Cy Young Award
I briefly mentioned this in a game thread the other night, but for those curious, he’s a slightly more expanded reasoning on why Felix shouldn’t really have any shot at winning the Cy Young award.
As Mike Salk noted on his blog, one of the M’s suggested that Zack Greinke has “come back down to earth” after a hot start. This is somewhat true, and will probably be used as tool to promote Felix’s candidacy.
After all, Greinke was ridiculous in April, running a 0.50 ERA in five starts, but not surprisingly, he wasn’t able to sustain that kind of performance. No one could. But, just for the sake of argument, let’s throw out April, where Greinke was amazing. After all, the M’s went 5-0 in Felix’s starts in April as well, so the end result of their first month dominance was the same for both clubs.
May 1st to present.
Greinke: 174 1/3 IP, 156 H, 36 BB, 180 K, 11 HR, 2.48 ERA.
Felix: 182 1/3 IP, 156 H, 54 BB, 160 K, 13 HR, 2.47 ERA
The “coming back to earth” version of Greinke? Still better than Felix. Even if we wanted to arbitrarily remove Greinke’s best stretch of performance of the season while not penalizing Felix in the same way, we can’t do any better than saying Felix has only been a little bit worse than Greinke.
Felix is a terrific pitcher having a great season, but Greinke is having a season of historic proportions. And he’s doing it with a pretty miserable cast of characters around him. He not only deserves the award – he deserves to win it unanimously. He’s been that good.
I love Felix, but he’s been the second best pitcher in the AL this year.