James Paxton dispatched the New York Mets today to improve his record to 11-3 on the season. The former Kentucky pitcher threw six scoreless innings in which he allowed six hits and struck out eight to help the Seattle Mariners cruise to a 9-1 victory. At first glance you might say “What’s the big deal, it’s the Mets!” and you would be absolutely right. The Metropolitans haven’t exactly stricken fear into their opponents very often this season.
However, James Paxton’s dominance goes much farther than this most recent start. He’s having a fine season and this start just put the finishing touches on an extraordinary month of July.
— MarinersPR (@MarinersPR) July 30, 2017
Look at these numbers: first Mariners pitcher to win six games in any calendar month. In a lot of the other categories he was the first Mariners pitcher to accomplish these things since Felix Hernandez, yeah that Felix Hernandez, King Felix. Look at all of the other great lefties he joined who have recorded six wins and 40 strikeouts in a calendar month since 1980. Randy Johnson, yep The Big Unit, Steve Carlton, Clayton Kershaw, Chuck Finley, Floyd Bannister and Johan Santana.
That is quite a list.
The whole Pacific Northwest thing makes it hard for the players who play there to get the love that they should from sports fans in the rest of the country but the Big Blue Nation should definitely take note of what Paxton has been doing. “The Big Maple” is doing quite well for himself out in Seattle and he’s no doubt looking to keep this dominance going when the calendar flips to August.