As recently as a couple weeks ago, nobody could touch Seattle Mariners ace righty Felix Hernandez. In 12 starts between the end of June and the end of August, King Felix compiled a 1.42 ERA and pitched five complete-game shutouts. One of those, of course, was the 23rd perfect game in MLB history.
When August turned into September, King Felix looked like he was a shoo-in for his second AL Cy Young Award in the last three years. All he had to do was keep doing what he had been. Not exactly a whole lot to task given his track record.
Alas, what King Felix was doing was apparently too good to be true.
The month of September has not been kind to Hernandez. He's lost each of his three starts this month, allowing a total of 30 hits and 16 earned runs. It hasn't been pretty. In fact, it's been downright putrid.
With Hernandez crashing and burning, the AL Cy Young race is wide open once again. Scroll ahead to see who's leading the charge in this week's rankings.
Note: All stats come from Baseball-Reference.com unless otherwise noted.