If you were expecting Chris Young to get sentimental or teary-eyed over reaching the 10-win mark in this remarkable comeback season, you must be thinking of a different 6-foot-10 right-handed starting pitcher of the same name.
On Wednesday, Young pitched five innings, giving up three runs on seven hits with a walk and six strikeouts to pick up the win the Mariners’ 7-3 victory over the Braves. He improved to 10-6 in 23 starts this season. It’s the third time his career he has won 10 or more games in a season — the last coming in 2006 with the San Diego Padres.
After years of injuries and surgeries, the milestone of 10 wins has to give him a sense of accomplishment.
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“Earlier in my career, I think it’s something I’d get excited about,” he said. “But at this point in his career, I know that wins are so far beyond a pitcher’s control. You can’t get caught up in wins and losses as a starting pitcher. One day, the media will stop evaluating us on that.”
Young pointed to Julio Teheran, who started Wednesday for Atlanta and took the loss, as an example. He’s 10-8 with a 2.92 ERA.
“He has what, 10 wins, but he’s probably worthy of 15,” he said.
The win-loss stat for pitchers has become increasingly less important in the eyes of baseball people, even some members of the media. Felix Hernandez’s record of 13-12 in 2010 when he won the Cy Young is growing proof.
Young always talks about the team wins more than his own. The Mariners are 13-10 in his starts. If there is a stat he’s proud of, it’s the 23 starts.
“Just go out every fifth day and compete and give us the chance to win — thus far it’s been great,” Young said. “It’s been an unbelievable season in that regard and relative to where I’ve been and the frustrating seasons I’ve had in the past. ”
•Michael Saunders will go out on a rehab assignment with Class AAA Tacoma on Thursday at Cheney Stadium as he recovers from a strained oblique. The Rainiers were off Wednesday as they traveled back from Albuquerque, N.M.
• Atlanta star Justin Upton struck out four times in four at-bats. Upton’s brother, B.J., struck out twice.
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