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Can a 13-12 Felix really be a King?

Not surprised that Felix Hernandez has won the AL Cy Young, as I indicated earlier today that I thought he would. I am very, very surprised at the landslide vote: 21 of 28 first-place votes and 167 total points compared to David Price (4, 111) and CC Sabathia (3, 102). It's a clear sign voters are taking more of a statistical analysis approach to voting. On the whole, I suppose that's a good thing overall.

Still, it would have been nice for the best pitcher in the entire league to have a better record than 13-12 and to have pitched in a meaningful game after May. Yes, the Mariners were historically bad offensively and that lagged King Felix's run support way behind his counterparts. But it's hard for me to get past a Cy Young guy winning two games -- two! -- in his division for an entire season. That has to count for something.

That said, maybe it's me. After all, I left the NL Manager of the Year off my official ballot because I felt blowing a division with a 10-game losing streak late in the season was a fatal strike on the resume. Most everyone else apparently didn't. But that's why the voting is fascinating: It's 28 different opinions. We can agree to disagree.

King Felix had a fabulous season by the stats. I just didn't think it was a Cy Young one.

---Mike Harrington


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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has covered the Buffalo Bisons since 1992 and Major League Baseball since 1995. A member of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, Harrington has reported on more than 30 MLB postseason series — including every game of the World Series in this century — and all three of the Bisons' championship runs in their modern era. He is a connoisseur of the famous Stadium Mustard at Cleveland's Progressive Field.

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Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has covered the Bisons for The Buffalo News since 2002. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

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