Doug Heffernan may be the King of Queens but is Felix Hernandez the King of the Bronx? The numbers say he is.
Hernandez is scheduled to take the mound Saturday afternoon against the New York Yankees for the eleventh time in New York. In the first 10 starts in Yankee Stadium (two in Old Yankee Stadium) he holds a 2.04 ERA in 70.2 career innings with 69 strikeouts. He has 19 career starts against the Yankees with a 3.18 ERA.
Felix has 25 career complete games and two of those have occurred in the Bronx.
June 30, 2010
In his Cy Young Award winning season, Hernandez threw his first complete game against the Bronx Bombers, giving up just two hits while striking out 11 in a shutout. In August of 2010, while not a complete game, Felix threw eight innings, striking out 11 again without giving up a run.
August 4, 2012
Two starts before his perfect game in 2012, Felix went nine innings in Yankee Stadium where he struck out six and did not allow a run.
Hernandez has only two starts in New York which he has given up more than two earned runs (six in 2008 and four in 2012). He has allowed zero or one earned run in seven of his 10 starts in New York.
With all his success throughout the years in New York, several current Yankees have good numbers against Hernandez. Mark Teixeira is 22-69 with six home runs against him. Brett Gardner and Jacoby Ellsbury are a combined 19-61 with two home runs against Felix.
King Felix has two starts in 2016 and holds a 0.69 ERA. He had control issues against the Texas Rangers in his first start (four walks), but only allowed one hit. In his second start against the Oakland Athletics, he struck out 10 without giving up a run in seven innings.
Felix Hernandez is primed and ready for another strong showing in the Bronx and if the M’s offense can show up maybe they can add to his 143 career wins and notch win number 10 against the Yankees. The only teams that he would have more wins against are division rivals, Oakland Athletics (22), Texas Rangers (17) and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (14).