It’s not that I need a particular reason to write about how Felix is great; I could get up here every single day and write about him over and over again without getting tired of it. But, on Sunday, as he was devouring the Oakland A’s yet again, a couple of milestones popped up.
First, what everyone’s talking about: Felix got his 2,000th strikeout! He’s the 4th-youngest pitcher to achieve that feat, and by the day’s end, he passed Andy Benes for 72nd on the all time strikeouts list. If he manages another 200 strikeouts, by the end of the year he could climb as high as number 54 on the all time list. From there, it would be just a hop and a skip for him to get to the Top 10 (but I’m getting ahead of myself).
The second achievement was his 131st career victory, which puts him at #2 all time in Mariners history behind Jamie Moyer’s 145. And, who knows? At the rate he’s going, if he gets another 15 wins this year, he’ll be officially the best.
In fact, let’s look at the Mariners career records.
- Career WAR – Felix #1 with 47.6
- ERA – Felix #1 with 3.05
- Games Started – Felix #2 with 310 (Moyer #1 with 323)
- Innings Pitched – Felix #1 with 2,109.1
- Strikeouts – Felix #2 with 2,001 (Randy Johnson #1 with 2,162)
- CG Shutouts – Felix #2 with 10 (Randy #1 with 19)
And, when you really start to dig around in the minutiae that is sabermetrics, Felix is your runaway leader in almost everything. If all goes according to plan, by the end of the season, Felix will own the Mariners career ERA, games started, innings pitched, and strikeouts records, which is pretty damn great.
That’s pretty much all I’ve got for today. If Felix isn’t your favorite Mariner of all time, you’re doing it wrong.