Felix did finish second, as expected. I know a few people out there wanted to see CC in the top 2, but I believe the voters got this one right. It would have been great to have a Mariner win this award, first since Randy Johnson in 1995. How did Felix from ‘09 compare to Randy of ‘95?
Not bad, clearly Randy had a killer year with nearly 300 strikeouts and 6 complete games. Other than that, wins and ERA are basically even. Overall, the numbers that Felix put up are decent and should be noted his career is just starting to take off at the age of 23. One stat that I did leave out, Felix had 4 more starts than Randy, 34 to 30. I did not take the time to find out how many of Randy’s were defined as “quality starts”. For those of you keeping score at home, another favorite of mine, Verlander, came in third.
What 2009 proved to me was that Felix is capable of being the go to ace the Mariner organization expected from him. That is a lot of pressure but he rose to the challenge. Now, if Griffey can just convince him to stay with the Mariners. I believe he is under club control for at least the next two years if not for a third. The rush to sign him is not there yet. I have a feeling that Jack Z. will not be one of those GM’s that sits on his hands until the very last minute.
Here is to a great 2010 for the King.