Hernandez owns the Yankees
Posted on: August 20, 2010 10:07 pm
Edited on: August 20, 2010 10:09 pm
Felix Hernandez was replaced for the ninth inning against the Yankees on Friday night, as he should have been -- he'd thrown 117 pitches and the Mariners led 6-0.
But if Hernandez had been able to finish the game, he would have become, according to the Mariners, the first pitcher to notch complete-game wins in four consecutive starts against the Yankees since Mike Cuellar or the Orioles between 1974 and 1975. He'd have been the first to pitch four straight complete games against them at all since Toronto's Dave Stieb from 1983-84.
Hernandez is having a season that would make him a threat to win the Cy Young if he pitched for a decent team. He entered the night leading the American League in innings pitched and quality starts, second in strikeouts and third in ERA. But he's 9-10, and in his 10 losses the Mariners have scored a total of 10 runs for him.
He's good against everybody, but he finds an extra gear against the Yankees. Here are his three starts against New York this season:
June 30: 9 innings, 0 runs, 2 hits, 11 strikeouts
July 10: 9 innings, 1 run, 10 hits, 9 strikeouts
Friday: 8 innings, 0 runs, 4 hits, 11 strikeouts
Hernandez finishes the season with a 0.35 ERA against the Yankees, who batted .176 against him. They Yankees are happy to see the last of him for the year.
-- David Andriesen
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