Domination: Felix blanks Yanks in 1-0 loss

Saturday Night Open Thread
Game 107: The End of the Homestand


Source: FanGraphs

There really isn’t much you can say about Saturday afternoon’s loss to the Mariners. Felix Hernandez is a great pitcher and sometimes he’s going to be so good that you’re only going to get two hits in nine innings. I was at the game and the only thing that bothered me was his strikeout total: six. If I’m going to watch the Yanks get manhandled like that in person, at least rack up 15, 16, 17 strikeouts or something like that. Rude of him to only whiff six.

Hiroki Kuroda was pretty awesome on the other side and was saddled with the tough luck loss. The bullpen was great, Ichiro Suzuki extended his exactly-one-hit streak to eleven games, and that’s that. MLB.com has the box score and video highlights, FanGraphs the advanced stats, and ESPN the updated standings. The Orioles beat the Rays, so the lead in the division remains seven in the loss column. Also, this happened. Every day that ticks off the calendar without anyone gaining ground is almost as good as a win. Freddy Garcia and Hisashi Iwakuma will meet in the rubber game on Sunday afternoon.

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Sorry folks, no minor league update tonight. I will, however, link you to the box scores: Triple-A, Double-A, High-A, Low-A, Short Season, Rookie GCL.

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Saturday Night Open Thread
Game 107: The End of the Homestand
  • China Joe

    Yankee of the Day: Al Aceves.
    Here’s hoping the Yankees never “turn their season around” the Red Sox way

    • I am not the droids you’re looking for…

      That shot of ‘that manager’ near the end of the clip was absolutely priceless.

    • Steve (different one)

      When the Sox come back to the Bronx, the Yankees will put “Relax” on the PA and Aceves and Melancon will kill the prime minister of Malaysia.

  • Anthony

    Kuroda is quickly becoming my favorite Yankee. I know its not that big a deal, but his ERA is now lower than Sabathia’s.

    • Brian S.

      It’s not hard to have a lower ERA than a non-ace.

    • Heisenberg’s Hat

      What would CC’s ERA be if you took the Red Sox out of the equation?

      • Get Phelps Up

        3.27

        • Heisenberg’s Hat

          Hmmm. I still have faith in the big dude.

          • Anthony

            As do I. See below comment.

        • Anthony

          I got 3.28 after rounding… which is exactly the same as Kuroda’s. Did you calculate that, or is there a way to use fangraphs or baseballref to get such a specific stat?

          Heisenberg, what does CC’s ERA minus his Sox outing tell us? Considering the Sox are an important division rival to me it doesn’t make sense to just exclude them from the calculation. The larger the sample size…. the better.

          Not saying Hirok is a better pitcher than CC, I was just pointing out a stat.

          • Heisenberg’s Hat

            It just tells us he’s been cruddy against the Red Sox, I guess. It’s really annoying, but they’re probably not meeting in the playoffs so who cares.

            • Anthony

              I certainly hope so and you’re probably right. The less I see of Pedro Ciriaco, the better.

  • kevin w.

    Melky Mesa in AAA! Factor next year maybe? It would be awesome to see all his tools come together finally.

  • swedski

    Kuroda is one reason i am more optomistic about the play-offs for the first time since 2009. He is pitching so well and as a number two that means that other teams have to be great to beat him after facing (hopefully a good CC). I would prefer to lose 1-0 to another team playoff time than what has happened for the past two years. If CC starts hot then kuroda keeps a team down it will be tough for anybody to beat the Yanks. Good pick up Cashman.

  • DT

    Man it sucks to lose to Felix. but i’m not even mad at the loss since Felix was in his unhittable mode. Although it did seem like every time the Yankees did make good contact it ended up right in a fielder’s glove.

  • Kosmo

    he is the King but the Yankee lineup didn´t help itself much. Take an occasional pitch , work the count.
    The King did make some nasty pitches. Swisher´s ABs were particularly annoying. Oh well.

    • A-Rod Apologist

      You cannot take pitches when a pitcher of Felix’s caliber throws tons of strikes. You need to look at his walk rate per 9 innings. He’s that great.

      • Kosmo

        the approach was poor. Yanks had a number of 1-0 counts and would invariably swing at the next pitch. You have to take even if it´s down the middle of the plate. If that pitch is a strike so be it, it´s more than likely to be a 1-1 count anyway, it wasn´t like NY was making good contact when they put the ball in play.
        He is the King and I bow to his lordship.

        • Kosmo

          In 2012 the King´s 3 complete game shutouts have come vs. Boston, Texas and NY in the last 6 weeks or so.

        • Alkaline

          Doesn’t it make sense to hit that 1-0 pitch down the middle of the plate though? I imagine that would be the best strike you would end up seeing.

          • Kosmo

            of course it does ! but you want increase pitch counts too. The more pitches thrown the greater the risk of making a mistake. Maybe the King is running on fumes in the 9th and grooves a pitch??
            He´s a great pitcher, it could have been worse Yanks could have lost 2-0.

  • OldYanksFan

    Was Mauer’s HR OVER the wall, or did a fan grab it? I couldn’t tell, but it looked like someone in the first row got the ball. Man… are the Sox finding ways to lose or what?

    • http://riveravenueblues marty lieberman

      over the yellow line

  • OldYanksFan

    Player: ERA
    Kuroda: 3.19
    Wilson: 3.27
    Hamels: 3.34
    Greinke: 3.61
    C. Lee: 3.73
    Darvish: 4.38

    I think it could be said that Hiroki is having a pretty good year so far.

    • I am not the droids you’re looking for…

      Very nice indeed. Would love to see some advanced metrics as well, or at least whip, but I’m way too lazy to look myself.

      • YanksFanInBeantown

        He has 1.18 WHIP and his FIP, xFIP and SIERA are all around 3.75.

        He’s been pretty damn good.

  • dalelama

    This Yankee team has no heart.

    • Jim Is Bored

      You are a sad, sad little man.

    • Evan3457

      The team is fine. A lot of its fans have no heart, and choke at the sign of any adversity.

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