Hernandez 'King' for a(nother) day


The Seattle Mariners' Felix Hernandez has made five starts this season in which he threw eight scoreless innings -- that's second in MLB to Roy Halladay's six.

Against the Cleveland Indians on Sunday, 80 of Hernandez's 111 pitches were fastballs, his fourth-highest total in a start this season. Six of his nine strikeouts came on the fastball, and only four Indians reached a three-ball count (0-3, 2 K, BB).

Felix Hernandez, 2010 AL Ranks

Despite his record (11-10), Hernandez's case for the American League Cy Young award grew stronger. (His Win Probability Added and Wins Above Replacement are courtesy of Fangraphs.com.)

Hernandez has not been more than two games over .500 all season. (He was 2-0 in his first four starts, and 7-5 after 19 starts.)

From the Elias Sports Bureau: The San Diego Padres have now lost 10 straight games, yet they're still in first place in the National League West. With Sunday's loss, the Padres become just the second team in history with a double-digit losing streak as a first-place team. In 1932, the Pirates lost 10 straight games while sitting at the top of the National League standings.