A Paragraph With The Mariners – 156

Well, that’s it probably.  The last time we’ll see Felix on the mound in 2010 unless the heavens open and pimp-smack this organization around.  What a way to go!  Yes, it was against a team that wrapped up the division earlier this week, but still, it was in Texas.  8 innings, 1 earned run, 5 hits and 5 strike outs.  Lowered the ERA to 2.27, regained the top spot in AL strike outs, and won his 13th game against 12 losses.  Should he pitch next Sunday?  First:  he’s already thrown 250 innings, what’s another 7 or 8?  Is this ONE game going to make all the difference in him blowing out his arm next year?  I doubt it.  If he’s going to get extended DL time, or Christ, surgery … it’s going to happen regardless.  There’s nothing we can do about that now.  Second:  if he loses his grasp on the ERA and Strike Out titles, there’s no Cy Young.  Period.  He needs to have EVERYTHING aligned, given his deficiencies in the Win total; and even THEN I doubt he’ll get the nod over C.C.  Third (and I know I’m going to put the whammy all over this):  it’s the Oakland A’s.  It’s in Safeco.  This should be a slam dunk of an affair.  Let the man be a man!  Let the man pitch!  Because I’ll tell you, fourth, when push comes to shove, I would rather the team err on the side of making Felix happy and giving him what he wants.  Do we want to sign him to a long-term deal after this current deal?  Well, doing everything in our power to get him the 2010 Cy Young Award (short of, you know, putting out a major league offense to give him some help) would be a huge leap forward in that regard.  You owe it to this man who’s the only reason this year was the least bit bearable!

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