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Two years ago, Hernandez won his first Cy Young Award, and with a dismal 13-12 record.
How does a man with an astonishing 2.27 ERA end up with only 13 wins? The answer is actually pretty simple.
The Mariners suck at hitting.
In 2010, Seattle was dead last in practically every important hitting category in the MLB, including batting average, hits, runs and on-base percentage. Some of the stats are so bad, I don't even think they could have reached 29th with ten extra games.
Sadly, 2011 wasn't much better, and once again Hernandez wasn't given much of an opportunity to prove just how good he can be.
Over on the east coast, the Yanks were hitting home runs and winning games, giving their pitchers plenty of runs to work with in almost every single game.
Hernandez's ERA jumped to 3.27 last year, which is still good compared to any ace in the league. He also had another 200-strikeout year, continuing to prove just how good his stuff actually is.
Yet, just like 2010, Felix squeaked by with a pretty poor-looking record at 14-14, and this time he probably won't have a Cy Young Award to ease the pain.
That 17-game losing streak must have been pretty hard to swallow too.
With nonexistent run support, 14 wins isn't all that bad. But putting Hernandez on almost any other team immediately makes him a guaranteed 20-game winner every year if he stays healthy.
If I were Felix, I would get out of Seattle as quickly as possible.
It's only hurting his legacy and holding him back from really putting up mind-blowing numbers. Even if Felix doesn't care about numbers, he has to care about winning, and he's not doing too much of that in Seattle.
On the plus side (if there really is a plus side), both Felix and the rest of the Mariners are still somewhat young. Catcher Miguel Olivo showed a slight spark of power every once in while, and Seattle found a tremendous building block this year in their young second baseman Dustin Ackley.
And of course, even though his age showed a little bit this year, let's not forget about Ichiro, who arguably is still the greatest overall hitter in the entire league.
The 25 year-old Hernandez can't be too upset by what he's seeing, but don't expect Seattle to just turn things around one, two or even three years down the road.
Let's not forget that Hernandez is under contract until 2014, meaning that he basically just has to pray that Seattle can get it together as quickly as possible or he'll be dealing with a few more years of undeservingly poor win-loss records.
Felix in pinstripes would be absolutely deadly.
With New York's lineup behind him, Hernandez could easily the best pitcher in baseball for the next five years. There's no denying that the Yankees know how to score runs, just look at A.J. Burnett's 11 wins and his big fat 5.15 ERA.
If Hernandez wants to play on a contender, collect a few rings, and become a Cy Young possibility every single year, he'll find a way to come to New York.