Come on Felix! As he won his 19th game of the year, Felix has complicated the decision that voters will face for the Cy Young later this year.
Apparently the race is between Grienke, Felix and a distant third, CC Sabathia. Felix finished on a strong note, only .1 innings away from tying Halladay for innings pitched, and acquiring this career high 19th win. Felix is behind Zach in strikeouts (242,217), complete games (6,2), earned run average (2.16, 2,49) and shutouts (3,1). However, he is ahead of Grienke in wins (19,16), games started (34,33) and innings pitched (238.2, 229.1).
One thing I have not heard anyone talk about is opponents average, Felix leads this list of 3 with a .227. C.C. Sabathia stands at .232 while Grienke falls in at .230. I bring this up because I feel this helps strengthen his play and brings strong support to the “quality starts” statistic. Felix had 28 quality starts while Grienke had 26 quality starts. (For those of you wondering, a quality start (QS) is a pitcher going 6 innings or more giving up no more than 3 earned runs.
No matter how you cut it, Felix deserves a shot at the Cy Young.