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Why Felix Hernandez and Adam Wainwright Won't Win the Cy Young This Year

ATLANTA - SEPTEMBER 09:  Starting pitcher Adam Wainwright #50 of the St. Louis Cardinals against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field on September 9, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Anthony WickContributor ISeptember 21, 2010

It's happened with Wainwright, and it's happening to King Felix. When he has a sensational year for the second year in a row, with an ERA of 2.39, opponents batting only .220 off of him, 214 s/o too 63 walks, 5 complete games, a WHIP of 1.09 and is going to end of with over 240 IP, you would suspect him of being the Cy Young award winner by a long shot. The problem with King Felix is he pitches for the Seattle Mariners. His record stands at 11-11. Its incredible to think with his numbers, he only has 11 wins. Its incredible to think he has 11 losses! Now Wainwright has also been having an incredible year for the second year in a row. An ERA of 2.50, opponents only hitting .225 off of him, 199 s/o too 52 walks, 5 complete games, a WHIP of 1.05, his record 18-11, and will finish the year with over 220 IP, you would think Wainwright is a clear front runner. Last year Adam Wainwright was the front runner, getting most of the first place votes, but lost the award to Tim Lincecum of the Giants. Hernandez also lost the Cy Young to Zach Greinke, who really was the more dominant pitcher of 2009. You can make a good case for both to win. But both seemed to be over shadowed by other pitchers more dominant years, who I think will win in their collective leagues. They go by the names of Roy Halladay and Carsten Charles Sabathia.

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