Sunday, August 5, 2012
First Pitch: Would Felix be the one?
As Felix Hernandez toyed with the Yankees on Saturday, there had to be plenty of Yankees fans who couldn't help but envision Hernandez donning the pinstripes one day. It's only natural. Hernandez was that good.
So let's have some fun with that. Pretend you're Yankees general manager Brian Cashman for a day. You can acquire one starting pitcher this afternoon, and you will have him for however many years his career will run. Don't worry about salary, or the players you would have to give up to secure such a pitcher for your team.
Would Hernandez be your choice?
After Saturday's complete-game shutout, Hernandez has some quite impressive stats when pitching at Yankee Stadium. Here's some of them, courtesy of ESPN Stats & Information:
• Only pitcher with a two-hit shutout at the new Yankee Stadium in its four seasons. His two shutouts at the Stadium match all Yankees pitchers combined in that span.
• A 1.13 ERA at Yankee Stadium, the best of any pitcher with at least two starts. He's 4-1 and has allowed just five earned runs in 39 2/3 innings at the Stadium.
Would that be enough for you to pick Hernandez? Or would someone like Justin Verlander or Clayton Kershaw be your choice to anchor the Yankees rotation, along with CC Sabathia, for years to come?
Please let us know in the comments section below.
UP NOW: Andrew Marchand writes about how Hernandez likely won't be coming to the Bronx any time soon. I wrote about how Hiroki Kuroda wasn't quite good enough, and how Hernandez dominated the Yankees.
ON DECK: The Yankees will try to avoid going 3-6 on this nine-game homestand. Ian Begley, Marchand and I will have you covered in the Bronx, 1:05 p.m. first pitch.