Game 142, Mariners at Angels

Dave · September 11, 2010 at 3:57 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

Hernandez vs Santana, 9:05 pm.

Happy Felix Day.

Yesterday, I ran a poll on FanGraphs asking our readers who they thought should win the Cy Young. In just over 24 hours, we’ve gotten over 4,000 ballots, and 62.1% of the votes have gone to Felix. Francisco Liriano is in second place with 10.8%, while CC Sabathia is in third place with 9.2%. It has been nothing less than a rout. He is the consensus pick for the Cy Young Award among the more statistically minded public.

While this isn’t a representative sample of the BBWAA, or baseball fans in general, I do think its a good sign for Felix’s chances. If he can capture all of the voters who give credence to the newer statistics, then only a few of the more traditional voters have to switch sides and ignore Sabathia’s edge in wins. Given how people like Jayson Stark have come out in favor of Felix, that doesn’t seem like such a tall order. Right now, I’d put Felix as a slight favorite over Sabathia to actually win the award. He obviously needs to finish strong, and it wouldn’t hurt him to pick up a few wins on the way, but even if they just maintain their current numbers, I think Felix takes the award.

Comments

30 Responses to “Game 142, Mariners at Angels”

  1. smb on September 11th, 2010 4:09 pm

    This wouldn’t even be possible, including the slow evolution in thinking among the voting writers, without the work you and your gang do. We all thank you immensely! If Felix wins, I hope you feel not vindicated so much as proud…from my vantage point I’d say you and the other “stat geeks” all had a hand in it. Fingers are crossed for Felix!

  2. Patrick on September 11th, 2010 5:17 pm

    6:05 local time start though of course.

  3. GoldenGutz on September 11th, 2010 5:20 pm

    A lot of fans around baseball are jumping on the Felix bandwagon and same with the media and I think writers realize that and may realize W aren’t the most important thing.

  4. AssumedName on September 11th, 2010 5:22 pm

    TV? Lowbrow sport is dominating the airwaves apparently. I don’t see an FSN listing that’s not foosball.

  5. Liam on September 11th, 2010 5:53 pm

    FSN will switch over to the Mariners in-progress when the UW football game is over.

  6. Patrick on September 11th, 2010 5:55 pm

    It was originally scheduled to be a 1:05 game I believe, but got changed a few days ago I think, thats why theres no FSN listing. And as was just stated, it will be on after the Huskies game is over.

  7. Sports on a Schtick on September 11th, 2010 5:57 pm

    Santana has allowed 31 stolen bases this year. Hopefully the M’s can exploit that.

  8. Liam on September 11th, 2010 6:30 pm

    Baltimore leading Detroit 4-0 in the 7th inning. If they hold on to win and the Mariners lose, they will have identical records. I remember earlier in the year when Dave was saying how they had a remote chance to go 2-30 to start the season. (They were 2-13 at the time)

  9. MX on September 11th, 2010 6:46 pm

    Do we have a chance to get the #1 draft next year? Baltimore is playing really good now (which I don’t know why). Is Pittsburgh still bad?

  10. lalo on September 11th, 2010 7:00 pm

    Do we have a chance to get the #1 draft next year? Baltimore is playing really good now (which I don’t know why). Is Pittsburgh still bad?

    Yes, we have a chance, Baltimore has been much better than the M´s, Pittsburg too, but the M´s are 8 games ahead of Pittsburgh, the race for Rendon will be hard

  11. juneau_fan on September 11th, 2010 7:27 pm

    Not be sacrilegious about 9-11, but god no, not the white caps!

    And what a perfect moment to come into the game. *head, desk*

  12. MX on September 11th, 2010 7:29 pm

    Well, this has been a good statement for Felix.

  13. juneau_fan on September 11th, 2010 7:31 pm

    There’s got to be some theory of sports media, where in once an unheralded athlete is finally given some attention, they stumble.

  14. dspitcher on September 11th, 2010 7:34 pm

    Poof! There goes the edge Felix had for Cy Young.

  15. Westside guy on September 11th, 2010 7:37 pm

    Those are the ugliest caps I’ve ever seen.

    Well, okay, the old Pirates caps are still worse.

  16. Westside guy on September 11th, 2010 7:39 pm

    I will bet you real money that at least one national sports writer will look at Felix’ results tonight and will somehow twist it into a diatribe against advanced baseball statistics.

  17. juneau_fan on September 11th, 2010 7:44 pm

    Let’s hope they stick with ERA when they glance at his stats like the sheep they all are.

    I liked the Pirates’ caps! We were Family!

  18. lalo on September 11th, 2010 8:16 pm

    Now we are tied with the Orioles… 8 games ahead of Pittsburg, Go Mariners!!

  19. Westside guy on September 11th, 2010 8:34 pm

    ICHIRO!!!!

    (Yeah, I’m a few minutes behind, but he deserves recognition)

  20. juneau_fan on September 11th, 2010 8:40 pm

    At least it’s not a shutout. That’s all I ever think.

  21. juneau_fan on September 11th, 2010 8:47 pm

    Don’t toy with me, team. Please don’t toy with me.

  22. Swungonandbelted on September 11th, 2010 8:48 pm

    “An RBI single for the paper-boy who delivers”

    /vomit

  23. samregens on September 11th, 2010 8:50 pm

    I’m starting to warm to Figgins a little.
    He’s shown some fine defensive plays and has come around a little from being a blackhole offensively.
    Probably not a good idea to get rid of him when he’s finally getting used to Safeco/the Mariners.

    But of course, there’s no question about Ichiro batting leadoff. Next year there may finally be a “two” (of the so called “one, two”) punch behind him.

    And considering all the FAs who really fizzled here, I got little confidence that if they do trade away Figgins, the guy they bring in to replace him won’t suck.

  24. MX on September 11th, 2010 8:53 pm

    And hopefully next year Figgins can be back at 3rd. He can then focus on his offense.

  25. Westside guy on September 11th, 2010 9:01 pm

    Given that, despite Figgins’ offensive struggles, both he and Ichiro have almost 40 steals apiece… I think the 1-2 pairing of those two can obviously work well.

    Assuming Figgins gets back closer to his expected performance anyway.

  26. dnc on September 11th, 2010 9:29 pm

    We have no chance of catching Pittsburgh for the first pick, can we please stop lying to ourselves?

  27. Edgar4Hall on September 11th, 2010 9:58 pm

    So you keep saying that we are racing for Rendon with Pittsburgh but are we sure they are going to go for Rendon? First he’s been hurt twice and second they already have a 3B of the future in Alvarez. Couldn’t they be looking for a pitcher or a Shortstop to replace Cedeno instead? I mean, it keep son being said that this is an incredibly deep draft, they could go another way.

  28. Westside guy on September 11th, 2010 11:07 pm

    Smart teams usually take the best player available regardless of their position. Dumb teams draft to fill a need – e.g. the Bavasi-era Mariners.

    You simply can’t count on a prospect developing.

  29. Edgar4Hall on September 12th, 2010 1:01 am

    Yeah but when has the Pirates been seen as a smart team?

  30. Westside guy on September 12th, 2010 1:05 am

    I have no counter-argument for that! :-D

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