King Felix at Yankee Stadium

Felix Hernandez was once again dominant in a 1-0 win against the Yankees in New York on Saturday, tossing his 21st career complete game and his 7th career shutout.

“That’s probably the best start I’ve seen as a manager,” said Eric Wedge. “In a 1-0 ballgame, he knows one pitch can be the ballgame. That was just special stuff to watch today. What you saw today, you’re not going to see anything better than that.”

“The thing was, he was never in any bad counts, really. I think he had one or two walks,” said Yankees manager Joe Girardi. “You look, he threw about a ball a hitter, so he was never in any bad counts.”

“He was better than us,” said Yankees captain Derek Jeter. “That’s pretty much all you can say.”

Here are a few notes on his performance courtesy of ESPN Stats & Info.

Here are some notes about Felix’s 2-hit shutout today in the Mariners 1-0 win at Yankee Stadium (statistical research help from ESPN Data Info, Baseball-Reference.com & the Elias Sports Bureau)

  • Became the 3rd pitcher since 1930 with two shutouts allowing 2 hits or fewer at Yankee Stadium (Jim Palmer and Billy Hoeft).
  • Tossed his second shutout at new Yankee Stadium (opened in 2009), as many as all NYY pitchers combined
  • Led the Mariners to their first 1-0 win vs. the Yankees on the road since May 17, 1991.
  • Recorded the first 1-0 shutout by a visiting pitcher at Yankee Stadium (new or old) since Greg Swindell Sept. 6, 1988.
  • Recorded his 3rd shutout this season to tie Brandon Morrow for the MLB lead.
  • With Felix’s third shutout this season (also: 6/28 vs. BOS & 7/14 vs. TEX) became the 10th Mariner in club history to record 3+ shutouts in a season (Johnson-3, Langston-2, Vargas, Garcia, Moyer, Fleming, Holman, Moore, Bannister)…7th career shutout tying Floyd Bannister for 4th all-time in club history.
  • Recorded his 5th career win in a 1-0 game setting the club record (Randy Johnson 2nd with 4 W)…2nd CG shutout in 1-0 game, both this season.
  • Is 5-2 with a 2.06 ERA (12 ER, 52.1 IP) in 7 starts vs. Yankees in New York, including 4-1, 1.13 (5 ER, 39.2 IP) with 2 shutouts at the new Yankee Stadium.
  • Is 6-0 with a 1.41 ERA (12 ER, 76.1 IP), 3 shutouts, 75 strikeouts, 14 walks, only 1 HR allowed and a .195 opp avg (53×272) over his last 10 starts (since 6/17). Lowered season ERA from 3.70 to 2.63 during stretch.
  • Was Felix’s 9th start this season with at least 8.0 innings pitched while allowing 1 or fewer runs (next closest are Bartolo Colon and R.A. Dickey with 5)…Felix had 13 such starts during his Cy Young season in 2010.

And how rare of a loss like this was it for the Yankees in their historic home stadium?

  • Just the 9th time in live ball era (since 1918) the Yankees have lost 1-0 at home with 2 or fewer hits and 1st time since June 1, 1978 (Jim Palmer 2-hit shutout).
  • Just the 2nd time in the past 50 years the Yankees have lost 1-0 at home with 2 or fewer hits.
  • Only the 2nd time to be shutout 1-0 in their new ballpark (298th game, last: 6/13/11 vs. CLE), and 10th time overall to be shutout in the new Yankee Stadium

Here’s a look at Felix’s game logs at Yankee Stadium:

- FA & JE

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