Can Felix Hernandez Really Repeat What He Did Last Year?

0Contributor IIIMarch 11, 2010

SEATTLE - SEPTEMBER 18:  Felix Hernandez #34 of the Seattle Mariners pitches during the game against the New York Yankees on September 18, 2009 at Safeco Field in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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Last year Felix broke out as what the mariners organization wanted to get for so long, a superstar ace. The runner up cy young went 19-5, a 2.49 ERA and 217 strikeouts in 238 and 2/3 innings pitched. But Felix dominated so much in the second half of the season. In  the beginning of the year Felix was off to a slow start as usual going 4-3 but after his start against the rangers in which he gave up 5 runs Don Wakamatsu talked to him. He said to Felix wondering whether he wants to be that dominant ace or not. Felix took that as a motivation boost to him making the all-star game and leading the mariners to a decent 85 win season. Felix was so dominant in especially the last month of the season that you can only think that Felix will be the same or possibly better. His last season boosted Felix's confidence last year in which he lacked in the beginning of the year. It's also easier for Felix to pitch knowing that with the addition of Cliff Lee he doesn't have to be relied on as the centerpiece of their rotation. One of the main parts of King Felix's success was the mariners defense. The mariners had the best defense in the majors last year and you would think that the defense could not be improved but it did. With Jack Zduriencik's success in the offseason by adding key guys to improve the defense Felix will have an easier way of getting outs with balls getting put in play. Jack added Chone Figgins, a speedy utility man, Casey Kotchman, an underrated defender, and you got the best defensive shortstop in the game in Jack Wilson for a full season look for Felix to win the Cy for what should of been his second consecutive one.