Originally posted on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 8/13/13
Will Felix be King in 2013? Seattle Mariners starting pitcher, Felix Hernandez, signed a fully guaranteed, $175 million, 7-year deal this off-season to continue being a perennial Cy Young contender.  So far, he has lived up to his end of the deal. While everyone’s opinions vary, my favorites for the AL’s best pitcher come down to a three dog race between Matt Scherzer (Det), Yu Darvish (Tex) and King Felix.  Other contenders such as Hiroki Kuroda (NYY) and Bartolo Colon (Oak) simply don’t have the strikeouts that voters like.  Unfortunately for Chris Sale (CWS), his 7 wins are a hard sell compared to league leader’s 17. Then there would be Anibel Sanchez (Det) and Hisashi Iwakuma (Sea)… both having great seasons but neither are even the best pitcher on their own team, let alone the league.  That leaves us with the big three mentioned above. So how does Felix compare?  Cy Young voting is purely subjective, as each voter has a different set of criteria from which they judge a pitcher....
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