Although Chris Young is one of the oldest players in his division, he has been looking fresh during the 2014 season. On Wednesday, he dominated another American League West opponent to give the Seattle Mariners their fourth consecutive victory. Young has now posted quality starts in five of his six starts against divisional foes this year.
The tall right-hander gave up just three baserunners in and though two were solo home runs, the Mariners beat the Astros, 5-2, and have won each of his last four starts. After Young spent 2013 in the Washington Nationals’ farm system, Seattle chose him for the back end of the team’s 2014 rotation over Scott Baker and Randy Wolf.
Young, who made his only all-star appearance in 2007, could be on pace for another one this year because he is currently the second-best pitcher on the Mariners – not a bad feat for a teammate of 2014 Cy Young favorite Felix Hernandez and the man who finished third in last season’s American League Cy Young voting, Hisashi Iwakuma.
In both 2006 and 2007, Young gave up the fewest hits per inning in the National League. The 35-year-old is now among the best in that category in 2014. He also sports a WHIP in the top 10 in the American League, so it looks like the incentive-laden deal has worked wonders for the man who has seemingly turned back time. The potential Comeback Player of the Year could be a major reason that the Mariners make it to the postseason for the first time since 2001.