Chris Stewart and Brett Gardner help Yankees squeak past M’s, 2-1

york-yankees-v-seattle-mariners-20130609-231933-023Felix Hernandez showed up today in a big way for Mariners. Lucky for the Yankees, David Phelps also brought his A game. The King did precisely what he’s paid to do. He gave the Mariners seven innings of one run baseball, allowing just one run on five hits with two walks while striking out seven. Felix looked a little shaky in the beginning of the game. His pitch count was in the forties after just two innings. But he settled down and dominated the Yankees, as he always does. David Phelps matched Hernandez almost pitch for pitch. He gave the Yankees six innings of one run baseball, allowing three hits and three walks with six strikeouts.

Both starters let runs score in the second inning. Brett Gardner singled in Jayson Nix, getting one of his four hits on the day. That gave the Yankees a 1-0 lead, something particularly rare against the King. The Yankees gave that lead right back in the bottom frame.… Click here to read the rest

Game Thread, Sunday June 9th, Yankees at Mariners

After their recent stretch of miserable play at the hands of the Mets and the Red Sox, the Yankees have turned things around. They’re 6-4 over their last 10 games and back in second place in the AL East. Unfortunately, today’s game has loss written all over it. David Phelps toes the rubber for the Bombers. Phelps has been erratic as a starter and struggles to give the Yankees depth. He’s not the problem, though. The problem is that the Mariners will send none other than Felix Hernandez to the mound. Hernandez has been vintage this season. His numbers are what you’d expect from one of the game’s best pitchers. To my eyes his WHIP of 1.05 stands out the most. That’s tough to do for a starter. The Yankees will need to seize their opportunities quickly. King Felix won’t make many mistakes. Use this as today’s game thread. Enjoy!… Click here to read the rest

Commenting On Davidoff’s Choices

Yesterday, Ken Davidoff of Newsday floated out six options the Yankees could employ to improve the rotation. Let’s take a look and make some comments.

His first option was trading for Felix Hernandez. He knows it’s not going to happen. We know it’s not going to happen. Let’s just move on.

Door number two is a trade for Matt Garza centered around Manny Banuelos or Dellin Betances. This is definitely more likely, but may not be cheap or easy…and I’m okay with that. I’m much more bearish on Garza than most seem to be, though, so take that with a grain of salt.

Next, he throws out the money suggestion (a 4/$48M contract for Edwin Jackson), but quickly dismisses it. I don’t dislike Jackson as much as some do, but I wouldn’t give him four years. If he can be had for 3 years at 10-12 million a year, sure go for it. The odds of that happening?… Click here to read the rest

Yankees beat King Felix for first time since 2008

Live it up, boys. (photo c/o Ted S. Warren/AP)

Um, wow. So that happened.

On the list of baseball things I never thought I’d see happen, the Yankees finally beating Felix Hernandez — not to mention dropping six earned runs on the King — for the first time since May 3, 2008 — was probably at the very top. That the final score of the game was 9-3 was merely the cherry on top. At six innings, this was also Felix’s shortest outing against the Yankees since that May 3 game, when he lasted 5 2/3 frames. The only time he’s ever had a worse start against the Yankees was a seven-earned-run, 3.2-inning affair on August 23, 2006, although believe it or not, by WPA, last night (-.445) was not only the worst start he’s ever authored against the Yankees, but his worst start of the season by over .100.

Take all of that in for a sec, savor it, and never let go.… Click here to read the rest

Series Preview | Yankees vs. Mariners III: It's Felix's world

"This is more runs than the Yankees will score on me!" (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

The Mariners — who host the Yankees for a three-gamer starting tonight — are a surprising 3-3 on the season against the Yankees, thanks in part to two come-from-behind wins at the end of May in games that the Yankees took unexpected leads against both Michael Pineda and Felix Hernandez. The M’s were 26-26 and just 1.5 games out of first after wrapping up that series with the Yankees, but, to the complete surprise of no one, their season went downhill a little over a month later. July 6th marked the start of a 17-game losing streak that didn’t come to an end until Felix Hernandez predictably beat the Yankees in the Bronx on July 27, and the Mariners currently once again find themselves in their customary cellar-dwelling position, playing out the string.

For the second straight year the Mariners boast the worst offense in the American League, with a .285 wOBA and 80 wRC+, though they’ve been slightly less bad of late.… Click here to read the rest

Felix Felixes Yanks; snaps 17-game losing streak

2015 cannot come soon enough. (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek)

Sometimes I hate being right. With the best pitcher in the American League (non-CC Sabathia division) going against a struggling Phil Hughes still trying to find his way, not to mention the fact that Seattle — bad as they are — was beyond overdue for a win, this game had all the makings of a Yankee loss, and of course that’s exactly what happened, as Felix Hernandez pitched the Mariners to a 9-2 victory, snapping the team’s franchise-record 17-game losing streak.

Hernandez went seven strong innings, striking out five though also walking a surprising four, but the Yankees of course couldn’t capitalize as Felix ultimately only gave up one run.

It’s really rather incredible. Though it’s obviously not news, throwing Felix Hernandez against the New York Yankees has become the surest thing in all of baseball. Dating back to the beginning of 2010, Felix has thrown 40 innings of six-run ball (1.35 ERA) against the Yankees, including 24 innings of one-run ball (0.38 ERA!) at Yankee Stadium.… Click here to read the rest

Yanks tag Felix for more than one earned run for first time since 2008; still lose

(AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

I’m not going to delve terribly deeply into this one since I’d been expecting a Yankee loss in this game since last Sunday, but I do want to note two significant happenings from last night’s 5-4 Yankee loss in extras to the Mariners:

1) They scored against Felix Hernandez! Not only that, but they scored more than one earned run against the King for the first time since May 3, 2008! The damage came via a two-run homer off the bat of Mark Teixeira (who also walked three times against Felix, making him the only Yankee hitter who appears to be truly comfortable against the King), a solo shot by Robinson Cano and a triple from (who else?) Curtis Granderson.

2) Near the beginning of the broadcast, David Cone and Ken Singleton were talking about last year’s Cy Young voting, and how Felix won the voting despite not having the traditional gaudy win total dinosaur baseball writers still salivate over.… Click here to read the rest

Series Preview | Yankees vs. Mariners I: Pitching, pitching and more pitching

And you thought the Steinbrenners owned the Yankees. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)

Oh, to be the Seattle Mariners.

With a rotation fronted by the best pitcher in the American League, Felix Hernandez, Seattle’s starters posted the second-best ERA in the AL in 2010 (behind Oakland), at 3.83.

This season their rotation has nearly taken more than three-quarters of a run off that cumulative ERA, with a 3.14 mark through the team’s first 49 games, once again second in the AL to the Athletics.

Unfortunately, as anyone who follows baseball knows, the 2010 Mariner offense was historically inept, posting a .286 team wOBA. Things haven’t gotten any better for the Seattle bats, as their team wOBA on the 2011 season to-date is a matching .286, albeit in a significantly lower run-scoring environment than the 2010 American League (2010 AL R/G: 4.45; 2011: 4.23).

Getting back to the pitching, while you can’t deny the success of the A’s’ and Mariners’ pitching staffs, there are two key factors to keep in mind when assessing what they’ve accomplished these last two seasons: (1) Though both Safeco and the Ballpark Formerly Known as the Oakland Coliseum (I’m sorry, Coliseum is the worst thing I’ve ever heard) are surprisingly in the top 16 in Park Factors in 2011, both fields have historically played as significant pitcher’s parks — look no further than last season, with Oakland at #20 and Safeco at #29; and (2) Both teams are offensively challenged, and they also get to play each other 19 times apiece, which may skew some of their overall numbers.… Click here to read the rest

Sunday Open Thread

1. It’s still early, but I think now is the time you start to get a little concerned if you’re team is really tanking. Buster Olney today has a piece about the Mariners possibly being early sellers and of course speculates on if Felix Hernandez could be traded. A trade for Felix would be massive obviously. It would certainly cut the heart out of the Yankees farm system, which is obvious. Would you do this? I would because Felix isn’t a 30 something pitcher with his best years behind him- he’s 24 years old. I would not be in favor of trading that same bucket of prospects for a Cliff Lee for example.


2. The last time the Knicks were in the playoffs, exactly 7 years ago today, they lost to the Nets 83-107 on the way to getting swept in the first round. The same day the Yankees lost to the Red Sox on a Saturday afternoon game, 5-2.… Click here to read the rest