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King Felix reigns, wins AL Cy Young despite 13-12 record

By November 18, 2010

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Felix Hernandez, who won just 13 games for a last-place team, won the American League Cy Young Award on Thursday. And it wasn't even close.

It's proof that the writers aren't placing too much emphasis on wins. It wasn't Hernandez's fault that the Mariners supplied him with meager run support (2.4 runs per game).

And Hernandez, just 24 years old, dominated other categories. He led the league with a 2.27 ERA and in innings pitched (249 2/3) and was second in strikeouts (232).

Hernandez's wins are the fewest for a Cy Young winner in a full season in major-league history. (Fernando Valenzuela also won 13 in 1981, but that season was shortened by 50 games because of a players' strike.) It's also the second year in a row that a pitcher from a last-place team won the Cy Young, as Kansas City's Zack Greinke won in 2009.

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