King Felix Hernandez has set a major league record with 16 consecutive starts of seven or more innings allowing two runs or less and he is still going. He is doing something never before done in major league baseball and is the front runner for the American League Cy Young award. But he is not close to having done what fellow mound mate Chris Young has accomplished.
Young has 25 career starts of at least six innings allowing two hits or less. He is the active leader and if you go back to 1980 he still ranks number seven. Young has more of these starts then recent Hall of Fame inductee Greg Maddux. That is impressive. The King, well, he has 14 career starts.
After last nights win against Toronto, Young is 11-6 with a 3.20 ERA. He has given up 112 hits in 141 innings. And though Young has been touched for 19 home runs, as a fly ball pitcher with nearly a 3-1 ratio of fly outs to grounds outs, it is not surprising.
His most wins was 12 in 2005 with Texas when he went 12-7 with a 4.26 ERA and the next year in San Diego was 11-5 with a 3.46. Those were the only two years he won in double figures. Injuries derailed intervening years. A torn labrum was one and most recently a thoracic outlet syndrome that affects a pitchers shoulder and neck. In 2013 he made 9 minor league starts trying to make a comeback and was not effective. The Washington nationals released him just before spring training ended. Seattle picked him up and he is having a career year at the age of 35. He signed a 40 day contract, the same one lefty Randy Wolf would not sign.
Thank you Randy for not wanting to take a chance with Seattle. Where are you by the way?
As good as Felix has been, better than any pitcher in history; as good as advertised Robinson Cano leading the Mariners, it could be argued Chris Young is the teams MVP. Of course there is slightly over six weeks left in the season and the future is unknown, but at this point everything old is young again.