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One of the pleasures of sportswriting is premature, homerist speculation. Another, it seems, is stupid Cy Young votes based on won-lost record, one of the

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The Mariners Haven't Had a Cy Young Candidate Since 2001: Will They Have Two This Year?

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One of the pleasures of sportswriting is premature, homerist speculation. Another, it seems, is stupid Cy Young votes based on won-lost record, one of the statistics over which a pitcher has the least control, as it's so dependent on the play of his defense and especially his offense.

That said, 21 games into the season (the last one a gem by Felix Hernandez), Hernandez and Erik Bedard are looking like legitimate best-pitcher-in-the-league candidates. (Though at this point neither can match the statistical marvel of Zach Greinke's April.) Both are averaging over a strikeout an inning and giving up very few hits and walks. Statistically, Bedard's actually been the better of the two, but at this point, but Felix has a better record and more name recognition. Plus, he shares a nickname (King) with Lebron James.

The last time a Mariner had a shot at the Cy Young was 2001, when Freddy Garcia lost to Roger Clemens, who oozed horse steroids and New York-centric media adulation and was the superior pitcher to Garcia (and Mike Mussina, and others) in but one metric: wins.

Bonus Mariners' statistical fun: Ichiro and Yuniesky Betancourt have combined for zero walks this year. Betancourt's on-base percentage is actually worse than his batting average.

 
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