Everyone in and around the Seattle area can relax. Felix Hernandez will have at least one good start to show for his efforts in September when all is said and done.
King Felix was awful in his first three starts in September, giving up 16 runs and 30 hits in just 16 innings. The very man who had pitched five complete-game shutouts in a span of 12 starts suddenly looked like a clone of, say, Freddy Garcia or Jason Marquis.
The aliens who kidnapped King Felix's essence returned it to him last Wednesday night in Seattle. He held the Baltimore Orioles, one of the hottest-hitting teams in the majors, to a single earned run in eight innings of work. For the Mariners, it was a sight for sore eyes.
The question now is whether King Felix's return to form is too little, too late where the American League Cy Young race is concerned. Hernandez was leading the charge in my weekly rankings for a while, but he tumbled down to No. 3 last week while Justin Verlander reclaimed the top spot.
Scroll ahead for a look at how the Cy Young race is shaping up with a little over a week to go in the regular season.
Note: Stats come from Baseball-Reference.com unless otherwise noted.