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Ichiro reaches 200 hits, but Felix, Mariners lose 1-0 on Bautista’s 50th HR

Post by Paul Miller on Sep. 23, 2010 at 12:11 pm with 4 Comments »
September 23, 2010 12:38 pm

Larry is having technical issues up in Ontario. Here’s a brief story on what happened there today:

TORONTO – Ichiro reached 200 hits for the 10th consecutive season today, tying Pete Rose’s major-league record for most 200-hit seasons with a fifth-inning single to center field against the Toronto Blue Jays.

But the Mariners dropped a 1-0 decision to the Blue Jays, the lone run coming on Jose Bautista’s 50th home run, off Felix Hernandez in the first inning.

Hernandez gave up only one other hit in a complete game that saw his ERA drop to 2.31 – and his record to 12-12.

Ichiro got hit No. 199 in the third inning, a double. Both hits came against Toronto starter and winner Shawn Hill, who allowed four hits and fanned seven over five innings. Four Blue Jays relievers pitched an inning apiece, with Kevin Gregg earning his 35th save.

Bautista is the 26th player in baseball history to reach the 50-home run mark in a season, and the first since Prince Fielder (50) and Alex Rodriguez (54) did it in 2007.

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  1. Thank goodness we extended Felix. If he was an FA, he would be SO GONE.

  2. A complete game? Is Dave managing? Crazy.

  3. dave8557 says:

    Consider that if Felix had thrown 24 to 30 more innings this year, about one per start, his won/lost record would be at a minumum, 16 and 12. That is a conservative guess. And what is 24 to 30 innings more over the course of a season? It could be the difference between winning and losing. As Mr. McGrath so aptly pointed out, the standard for the Cy Young award will need to change with the environment of todays pitching. And is that really a good thing? No longer is it the goal of starting pitchers to win. Their only job, as Larry continues to write ad nauseum, along with all the talking heads on ESPN and talk radio, is to give their team a “chance to win”, with a “quality” outing. Their only job is to go six or seven innings or 100 pitches then come out. That is not pitching to win.

    So if you have a known quantity pitching well, he comes out for an unknown quantity, game after game, who may or may not be effecitve on that given day. It’s the biggest reason that wins are out of the control of the starting pitcher.

    Based on toda’ys criteria, Felix is the best pitcher in baseball. But he’s not a winner. It’s not his fault. It’s the environment of the game. It’s the all- encompassing, all- omniscient Groupthink that has taken over the management of pitchers. CC Sabathia is a winner mostly through luck and the good fortune to be on a good hitting team. Had CC been allowed to pitch more, he might have 25 or 26 wins this year. Great pitching stats are a thing of the past. The bogus “save” and ridiculous “hold” has become more important.

  4. wabubba67 says:

    Dave,

    Felix would have to pitch at least 15 innings per game for the Mariners to be likely to scratch out a run or two.

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