Found August 22, 2012 on
The Eastside Perspective:
September is a short ten days away. Meaning as playoff races thicken, so do award races. Here is who I think will take home the big ones come November.
AL Cy Young
With a 2.54 ERA and a 12-5 record he doesn’t seem to be many peoples first choice. But he has put new life in to this Mariners squad who has the best record in baseball since the All Star break. He’s a fun pitcher to watch with 179 K’s and 4 shutouts, and that tends to add more to a players Cy Young stock.
NL Cy Young
Cueto has been pitching exceptionally well. He has a 2.44 ERA and is tied for the MLB lead in wins with 16. The Reds have the second best record in baseball, and counting on Cueto every fifth day to get a win gives the lineup a charge.
NL Rookie of the Year
Although every part of me wanted to choose Bryce Harper, you can’t deny Frazier’s production filling in for the injured Joey Votto. He has hit .289 and leads all rookies in OBP and slugging percentage. Filling in for a former MVP is a difficult task, but Frazier has exponentially exceeded expectations.
AL Rookie of the Year and AL MVP
This kid can play baseball. Every single night it seems like he is making huge plays with his bat and/or glove. He is quickly approaching the 30/30 club as a rookie, and has a .344 batting average. Did I mention he was a rookie? Trout will be the face of baseball for many years to come, and playing in one of the biggest markets in the US will help him take both the AL Rookie of the year, and MVP award.
His team is contending for the first time in years and he has completely revitalized baseball in a football city. Oh, and he leads the majors in batting average. The NL player of the month in June and July has put up fantastic numbers and is the main reason why Pittsburgh is in the number two spot in the Wild Card. The most valuable player to the team. Yeah, Cutch definitely fits the bill.
Do you feel differently? You think Trout doesnt deserve MVP? Let us know below!
BEST OF MAXIM
Fans, analysts and general managers around baseball cannot seem to accept that Felix Hernandez may stay with Seattle. The fact that King Felix is the best young pitcher in the game and recently threw a perfect game does not neccessarily guarantee he will be pitching in a mega-market like Boston or New York at some point in the near future. The Mariners have their ace under control...
Normally when a team has won six in a row at home, that's the story going into game No. 7. This isn't normally. Felix Hernandez, coming off the first perfect game in Seattle Mariners history, makes his first start since the perfecto Tuesday. The Mariners are making it a holiday of sorts, giving away 34,000 T-shirts to commemorate the game. Normally, 800-1,000 or so...
Last Wednesday, Felix Hernandez crafted his own place in the baseball history with just the 23rd perfect game in MLB history. As the city of Seattle watched their ace shoot himself into the record books, many businesses planned for a spike in their own books. The publicity and sense of Mariner pride brought out by this rare and spectacular performance reflected in sales; the businesses...
Felix Hernandez was as good as can be the last time he took the mound, tossing the majors' third perfect game this season and the first in Seattle Mariners history.
He was anything but perfect the last time he faced the Cleveland Indians.
Hernandez looks to help Seattle win its season high-tying seventh straight game while running his personal unbeaten streak to 13 and avenging...
Another gem for the King
The Headline: timely offense and a Felix Hernandez gem were all the Mariner’s needed for this win.
Seattle Mariners 5, Cleveland Indians 1
When: 10:10 ET, Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Where: Safeco Field, Seattle
Umpires: Home — Chris Conroy, 1B — Mark Carlson, 2B — Wally Bell, 3B — Ed Hickox
Felix Hernandez's perfect game against the Rays last week was one of the best sports moments of the year. One of the premier pitchers in baseball reaching hallowed ground? Yes please. Hernandez followed up his dominance last week with an oustanding performance last night, albeit one that wasn't perfect. In a 5-1 Mariners win over the Indians, Hernandez allowed just...
For the third time in a row, a Reds-Phillies game was decided by one run. Unfortunately, in this fourth game of the series, the decision was for the Phillies.
Johnny Cueto started for the Reds and had a pretty poor outing, by his standards. He pitched only 5.0 innings, allowing 2 runs (earned) on 5 hits and 3 walks.
The bullpen wasn’t exactly fresh when they were called upon...
Felix Hernandez wasn't perfect. He was still dominant.
Hernandez allowed one run in 7 2-3 innings in the first start following his perfect game, Jesus Montero hit a three-run homer in Seattle's four-run seventh inning, and the Mariners won their seventh straight beating the Cleveland Indians 5-1 on Tuesday night.
Greeted by a crowd of more than 39,000, most of them in yellow...
June 2nd, 1990—that’s a date that a lot of Mariners fans remember. Randy Johnson threw the first no-hitter in the franchise’s history. Now 22 years later, on the 35th anniversary of Mariners baseball, and on the year that Johnson was inducted into the Mariners Hall of Fame, Felix Hernandez threw the Mariners’ first Perfect Game.
It seems only fitting that Johnson’s battery...
Perfection never looked so good
Finally it has happened. After 34 and a half years of Seattle Mariners baseball, one of our own has thrown a perfect game.
Felix Hernandez faced 27 Tampa Bay Rays batters last Wednesday afternoon, and he sent them all back to the dugout without reaching base. Including 12 via the strikeout.
Felix went on to win the AL Player of the Week award for...
I think there is a Cy Young winner in the house tonight. Is it the home team's staff ace, Cole Hamels (14-6/IP-171.1 /ERA-2.94/K-168/BB-42/WHIP-1.11)? Is it his opponent Cincinnati's Johnny Cueto (16-6/IP-169.2/ERA-2.44/K-135/BB-37/WHIP-1.13)? Personally if I had a vote, it would have to go to Reds closer Aroldis Chapman. How does anyone get a hit off this guy? Without a...
At 6 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, Aug. 15, as El Dookie was signing books and slamming down Pineda coladas with the literati at the Colgate Inn, Felix Hernandez was mowing down 27 consecutive Tampa Bay Rays at Safeco Field in Seattle. The game the Yankees gained on the Rays that day could turn out to be big for the Bombers, but it’s likely the last gift King Felix ever gives them (unless...
Cole Hamels against Johnny Cueto sounds like an awfully good pitching match-up. The two candidates for the Cy Young award battled in a pitcher's duel after a shaky and rainy first inning from Cole Hamels. Once Hamels found his groove, the Reds were in trouble.
That first inning for Cole looked like a whole lot of trouble. In the middle of a downpour, Cole gave up two singles...