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Up next: King Felix

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on May 28, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

In this West Coast parade of elite starting pitching, the Yankees next opponent might be the very best: Defending Cy Young winner Felix Hernandez.

“To me, he’s the perfect pitcher,” Mark Teixeira said. “You have a guy who throws hard, ball moves, who can hit the corners with three different pitches. And his breaking stuff is so good that you just hope he makes a mistake. He’s one of those guys where you have to hit a mistake because if he hits his pitch, you’re not going to get many hits off him.”

Individually, some of the Yankees have had success against Hernandez. Teixeira and Curtis Granderson have legitimately hit pretty well against him. Derek Jeter and Jorge Posada have hit him for average with little power, Nick Swisher has hit for power but a low average. Russell Martin has two hits and two RBI in two at-bats.

On the whole, though, Hernandez has a 2.73 career ERA against the Yankees. Last season he faced them three times, and one each game. He pitched 26 innings, struck out 31 and allowed just one earned run.

“It seemed like whenever we matched up against him last year, he was dominant,” Girardi said. “Hopefully that’s not the case this year… He can throw any pitch at any time, and he’s got more than one swing-and-miss. He can locate his fastball, (and) we’ve seen it as hard as 97-98. He’s got a good curveball, he’s got a good slider and he’s got a great changeup. It’s not like you can say, ‘Okay, when he gets ahead of me, this might be what he’s going to do.’ He can get you out a different way every at-bat.”

Said Teixeira: “When he’s on, he’s the best. I’ve always said, consistently, Halladay’s the best. But now that he’s in the National League I don’t get to face him as much. But yeah, I’ll put those guys at the top of the list.”

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49 Responses to “Up next: King Felix”

  1. CompassRosy May 28th, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    We knew Michael would face adversity at some point and, certainly no shame in it coming vs. the most potent offense in the AL. It will likely do him good – no pain, no gain, as they say.

    Nice to see the scrap and scrape when the main strength is weakened…

    on, over, IN
    http://tinyurl.com/3n93ddm

    Some of the comments I didn’t have a chance to reply to last night..

    “Why would you bring in a high leverage reliever to face that trash bottom of the order just because a guy reached first? Ayala is a ground ball pitcher, he should be able to handle crap batters.”

    I can’t speak to the Yanks BP management, but I will point out a little “what have you done for me lately”. IN the past 14 days (before last night) Kennedy, Olivo, Peguero and Ryan combined for 21RBI – 19R – 5HR – 9BB. Not exactly Yankee-esque offense, but not exactly crap and trash either.

    “Mariner bullpen is real bad, should be able to get something together”

    Someone hasn’t been paying attention. Yes, Brandon League hit a rough patch after converting his first 9 save opportunities in-a-row (but hey, even Mo’s blown a couple, right?) and Chris Ray started out bad, but has been effective of late and Jeff Gray’s hasn’t even pitched a full inning yet, so doesn’t really count. But, the only BP arms that truly struggled (Lueke – rookie) and (Wilhelmsen – bartending and out of baseball for the past 6 years) were sent down. That leaves Pauley (0.89ERA), Wright (1.57ERA) and Laffey (1.85ERA).

    Around these parts, we call days like today Happy Felix Day!
    But, as in life, nothing in baseball is guaranteed and Felix has definitely had his issues so far this season. May is historically his worst month and this is his last May start so … we shall see.

  2. michaels07 May 28th, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    Are we headed for another loss, It`s up to Nova to go at least 7.

  3. Nick in SF May 28th, 2011 at 4:34 pm

    Congrats CB/Barca fans.

    A well-earned trophy.

  4. Rich in NJ May 28th, 2011 at 4:35 pm

    Again, this is why the smart play was to go all in to win yesterday’s game.

  5. Jerkface May 28th, 2011 at 4:37 pm

    Granderson is third in the AL in wOBA and plays centerfield at a high level. Is the Yankees offensive leader right now. If the Yankees make the playoffs, he will get MVP votes. If he cracks 40 HRs, he might even win.

  6. Jerkface May 28th, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    That leaves Pauley (0.89ERA), Wright (1.57ERA) and Laffey (1.85ERA).

    All these guys have horrible careers. They might, in the end, put together 50 good relief innings, but until they show more I’ll stick with what they’ve done historically. Ayala had a 1.50 ERA and that was quite misleading.

  7. Rob_NY May 28th, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    Barca just looked like they were playing on a different level. They are so fast. I’ll be at Robertson stadium watching the Dynamo take on FC Dallas tonight. I don’t expect to see the same type of game. lol

  8. RadioKev May 28th, 2011 at 4:49 pm

    Jerkface May 28th, 2011 at 4:37 pm
    Granderson is third in the AL in wOBA and plays centerfield at a high level. Is the Yankees offensive leader right now. If the Yankees make the playoffs, he will get MVP votes. If he cracks 40 HRs, he might even win.
    ——-

    He’s going to have to do something to top Jose Bautista to win MVP. Voters have also proven they don’t care for defense at all, with Cano not getting any votes last year.

    I’m not saying he doesn’t deserve consideration, but Bautista is really bringing the goods. Meanwhile I’m hoping for Miguel Cabrera to turn it around, he’s underperforming on my fantasy team :-/

  9. blake May 28th, 2011 at 4:54 pm

    Granderson has been better this year than Crawford ever has in his career…..by a good bit. He’s plays CF and Crawford just doesn’t have that sort of pop in his bat.

  10. RadioKev May 28th, 2011 at 5:00 pm

    blake May 28th, 2011 at 4:54 pm
    Granderson has been better this year than Crawford ever has in his career…..by a good bit. He’s plays CF and Crawford just doesn’t have that sort of pop in his bat.
    ——–

    Truth, all though Crawford has him when it comes to speed. I’d still take Granderson as my CF for his bat and his fielding. Granderson has a respectable arm.

  11. West Coast Yankee Fan May 28th, 2011 at 5:06 pm

    Granderson has been better than Crawford has so far. It’s May. Crawford when he is playing well is a great player. In his last ten games he has gone 15-37 that’s a .405 clip. I always liked Crawford and wish things had worked out so we got him after we passed on Holliday.

  12. West Coast Yankee Fan May 28th, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    Granderson and Crawford/Holliday in center and left would have been superb. Sorry we are never going to see that.

  13. blake May 28th, 2011 at 5:15 pm

    Holliday is a better player than Crawford…..that’s why if they were going to make a move for an outfiekder they should have done it when he was a FA. Crawford is a good player…..he’s not a superstar player.

  14. LGY May 28th, 2011 at 5:18 pm

    At his best Crawford is a very good player.

    He is limited as an offensive threat. He doesn’t have enough power in his bat and/or plate discipline which is why he has never been considered a great player and never will be.

    He is a good offensive player that plays great defense. He is not in the class of Holliday or what Granderson is at his best.

  15. RadioKev May 28th, 2011 at 5:18 pm

    West Coast Yankee Fan May 28th, 2011 at 5:09 pm
    Granderson and Crawford/Holliday in center and left would have been superb. Sorry we are never going to see that.
    ———–

    True, but the Yankees have a pretty good formula set up, in theory. Gardener still has some of his best baseball to play this season, especially on the base paths. Nick Swisher is severely underperforming, but he could still turn it around and there’s simply no reason why he wouldn’t. Of course, Granderson has been great so far.

    The Yankees have a respectable outfield that costs far less than Granderson/Crawford/Holliday would. Also, Gardener is a superior outfielder and on his way to winning his first gold glove this season.

  16. Vineyard Yankee May 28th, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    WC:

    Where are my ribs and sauce ? ? Don’t forget the pony keg (and the tap) of Union Jack Amber Ale. Are you nappin again ?

  17. CompassRosy May 28th, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    JF -

    Guess we have the opposite view…
    I don’t really care what they have done historically. I care about what they are doing now.

  18. Nick in SF May 28th, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    “Granderson and Crawford/Holliday in center and left would have been superb. Sorry we are never going to see that.”

    The way Crawford’s playing, we won’t even get to see it in an All-Star game. Boo hoo.

  19. LGY May 28th, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    Right now Adrian Gonzalez has the 5th highest BABIP in the AL. 46 points higher than his career high. Yet, he is hitting a career low number of line drives and a career high number of groundballs. He already has 4 infield hits, which is one away from his season high.

    Also, his plate discipline is by far is the worst it has been in years. His BB rate is 6.9%. Last year it was 13.4% and the year before 17.5%.

    Should be fun to see if he can maintain a .368 BABIP and where his numbers end up if he doesn’t raise his BB rate.

  20. rr212 May 28th, 2011 at 5:43 pm

    Up next: another five hit L

  21. blake May 28th, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    LGY,

    He won’t hit .340 all season……probably settle in at .310 or so with 30-35 homers.

  22. West Coast Yankee Fan May 28th, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    Vineyard they are goin’ long and slow on the grill.

    In his last ten games Crawford has has gone 15-37 that’s a .405 BA. I wouldn’t underestimate his abilities despite the slow start when he was getting adjusted to a dramatically different environment.

    I understand that Gardner is more than a good alternative at $500k. I just don’t understand the eight stolen bases.

  23. LGY May 28th, 2011 at 5:50 pm

    Joey Votto for example has a .369 BABIP to AGon’s .368.

    Votto though has hit over 10% more line drives than AGon.

  24. sunny615 May 28th, 2011 at 5:53 pm

    This is one of those games where you just hold your breath and hope. Hopefully if things will go good for the Yanks before I pass out.

  25. sunny615 May 28th, 2011 at 5:54 pm

    It helps that AGon plays half of his games in Fenway… a park built for his swing.

  26. Vineyard Yankee May 28th, 2011 at 5:54 pm

    As long as it is taking I might as well go get a McRib and a Coke. I really didn’t want to go out in the rain. Crap !

  27. West Coast Yankee Fan May 28th, 2011 at 5:55 pm

    It’s beautiful at the beach sucker! lol

  28. Vineyard Yankee May 28th, 2011 at 6:01 pm

    It’s nice to compare stats and look at hitting trends. What I know is that AGone has gone from the Grand Canyon (Petco Park) to the ‘short hop’ to the Pesky Pole. In every Fantasy League that I am in I grabbed him even before Pujols. He has the potential to be a 50 HR and 130 RBI guy playing half his games in Fenway and batting in the middle of that Sux batting order.

  29. Vineyard Yankee May 28th, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    West Coast Yankee Fan May 28th, 2011 at 5:55 pm

    Good then go build a sand castle while you wait for ‘MY RIBS’ to finish cooking. :wink:

  30. BoJo May 28th, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    Tonight’s game on paper looks like a mismatch…so I expect Nova to throw a one-hit shut-out and win 2-0. You just never know!

    Granderson and Martin star tonight! Two deserving all-stars for this year’s game.

  31. LGY May 28th, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    AGon is not even on pace to hit 30 HR, let alone 50.

  32. BoJo May 28th, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    LGY May 28th, 2011 at 6:06 pm
    AGon is not even on pace to hit 30 HR, let alone 50.
    _
    Scheduled to hit 60 in August

  33. BoJo May 28th, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    Hey LGY–

    Who would be your all-star picks for AL?

  34. Triple Short of a Cycle May 28th, 2011 at 6:14 pm

    Vineyard Yankee,

    Unless you had the first pick had did you grab him before Pujols?

  35. RMS May 28th, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    AGon will hit plenty of homers. He can hit them out in any direction at Fenway.

  36. BoJo May 28th, 2011 at 6:27 pm

    My guesstimate at All Star list

    C–Alex Avilla or Russell Martin (probably Martin because of more votes from Yankee fans)
    1B–Miggie, with AGon and Tex as bench
    2B–Should be Kendrick or Asdrubal Cabrera–probably will be Cano
    3B–Probably Youklis with ARod and Young bench…
    SS–Should be Jhonny Peralta…might be Erick Aybar
    LF–Matt Joyce or Alex Gordon
    CF–Granderson with Hamilton on bench
    RF–Bautista

  37. LGY May 28th, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    Bojo,

    Right now:

    C: Martin
    1B: Miggy
    2B: Kendrick (But I guess Zobrist since Howie went on the DL. Other than Kendrick all the other 2B have been very underwhelming.)
    3B: Alex
    SS: Asdrubal Cabrera
    OF: Bautista
    OF: Grandy
    OF: Joyce
    DH: Michael Young

  38. BoJo May 28th, 2011 at 6:31 pm

    We’re fairly close there…I think Asdrubal (what a name) qualifies for 2B as well

  39. I Am Winning May 28th, 2011 at 6:37 pm

    I like how ESPN wrote this article about Jose Bautista, comparing this season to Barry Bonds’ 73 homerun season, when I believe Granderson was tied with 16 homerunes along with him.

    An interesting note in that article though, is that Bautista is leading the majors in homers by since 2010, by a lot. If ARod hit those many home runs, than maybe he would actually be worth 50% of his contract.

  40. 4 NYY May 28th, 2011 at 6:40 pm

    Someone had better “star” for us tonight or we’re facing another shutout from the King.

    Mariners are at .500 and have one of the best in all of baseball going tonight, and we’re still not hitting well enough. Maybe we can hit a couple of his mistakes for HR’s.

    Can Nova come through ? Hope so !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  41. BoJo May 28th, 2011 at 6:41 pm

    Although I think Ortiz gets the DH nod

  42. BoJo May 28th, 2011 at 6:43 pm

    4 NYY May 28th, 2011 at 6:40 pm
    _
    Looks like a mismatch…but that’s why they play the game.

  43. I Am Winning May 28th, 2011 at 6:43 pm

    4 NYY,

    This is the issue here, or so in my opinion. We have had plenty of runs via “mistakes,” yet they still lost in a lackluster fashion. The homeruns are great by all means, but if they weren’t instant runs, I’m sure this fanbase would be pretty antsy for a 10 game winning streak sometime soon.

  44. GreenBeret7 May 28th, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    brackman will drive you crazy with his control issues. Starts the game by setting down the first 6 batters and striking out three. In the third inning, he hits the batter on a 1-2 pitch, walks the next batter, throws a wild pitch walks a batter, strikes out a batter, gives up a 2 run single, strikes out a batter, walk, and strikes out a batter.

    In the inning, 1 hit, 2 runs, 3 walks, 3 strikeouts and a hit batter.

    60 pitches, 33 strikes 27 balls.

  45. BoJo May 28th, 2011 at 7:15 pm

    Didn’t Randy Johnson have similar problems developing?

  46. Bronx Chica May 28th, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    Well he did grow an inch in the off season :)

    Hopefully he gets his mechanics straightened out. He has hit & miss stuff

  47. 4 NYY May 28th, 2011 at 8:20 pm

    Even Banuelos ( I have very high hopes for him ) has had a little problem with his control since late in spring training.

    But Brackman seems to be going a little backwards with his control. And he’ll be 26 in Dec.

    Betances should be awfully good once he gets here also.

  48. 4 NYY May 28th, 2011 at 8:21 pm

    # BoJo May 28th, 2011 at 6:43 pm

    4 NYY May 28th, 2011 at 6:40 pm
    _
    Looks like a mismatch…but that’s why they play the game.

    ======================================================

    Exactly what I said yesterday, but it didn’t quite work.

  49. 4 NYY May 28th, 2011 at 8:23 pm

    # I Am Winning May 28th, 2011 at 6:43 pm

    4 NYY,

    This is the issue here, or so in my opinion. We have had plenty of runs via “mistakes,” yet they still lost in a lackluster fashion. The homeruns are great by all means, but if they weren’t instant runs, I’m sure this fanbase would be pretty antsy for a 10 game winning streak sometime soon.
    ===============================

    Agreed, .250 team avg. won’t get it done.

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