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Felix Hernandez might be a baseball robot created to eradicate hitting from existence

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Friday marks the two-year anniversary of Felix Hernandez's perfect game. On August 15, 2012 King Felix faced 27 Tampa Bay Rays batters and retired all 27 of them, striking out 12 in the process.


Major League Baseball's 23rd perfect performance was neither the beginning nor the end of Hernandez's dominance over hitters. The 2010 AL Cy Young Award winner entered 2014 with a 3.20 career ERA and has only improved during the current campaign, sporting a 1.95 mark and dazzling fans with a record-shattering streak of 16 consecutive starts with at least seven innings pitched and two or fewer runs allowed.

Truth be told, that streak merely whispers about Hernandez's greatness this season. We should be screaming about Felix from the rooftops, especially considering he was already regarded as one of baseball's elite starters before posting new career-bests (thus far) in ERA, FIP, WHIP, K/9 and BB/9.  

And if that fancy picture and those career bests don't properly articulate how incredible King Felix has been, here are seven facts that might put it in perspective ...

1. No. 2, 3 and 4 hitters have notched 44 hits off King Felix in 224 at-bats so far this season, good for a .196 average. In the years they won the award, the last five AL Cy Young winners (not including Hernandez in 2010) combined to allow those same spots in the order to hit for a .219 average.

2. Felix Hernandez started off the season by holding hitters to a .224 average through the end of May. Since then, opponents have hit .170 in June, .156 in July and .137 in August.

3. If the 2014 season ended today, the Angels, Athletics, Orioles, Royals and Tigers would all make the playoffs (the M's are a half game back for the second wildcard spot). Hernandez is 5-0 with a 1.85 ERA over 58 1/3 innings against those teams and has held their lineups to a collective .198 average.

4. In 100 at-bats against King Felix this season, players who made the 2014 All-Star rosters are hitting .210. Those same guys have hit .287 off everyone else .

5. Of those All-Stars, Mike Trout, Nelson Cruz and Jose Bautista each have one home run off Hernandez, meaning King Felix has surrendered just one dinger per 33.3 at-bats against 2014 All-Stars. The 18 All-Stars that have faced Hernandez hit a home run every 25.2 at-bats against the rest of the league.

6. When Hernandez dominated the 2010 season on his way to his (first?) Cy Young Award, he did so with a 3.31 SO/BB ratio. After finishing in the top 10 in that category in 2012 and 2013, he's improved both his walk rate and his K rate, leading to a 6.01 SO/BB mark in 2014.

7. The most runs King Felix has surrendered in a 2014 start was four in a May 12 loss to the Rays. His shortest outing of the season was a five-inning start against the Astros on May 2. Assuming normal rest, Hernandez will take the hill eight more times in the 2014 regular season. If Hernandez offers the worst of both of those outings, surrendering four runs over five innings in each of those eight remaining starts, he'd still finish the season with a sub-3.00 ERA.