Originally posted on Baseball Prospectus  |  Last updated 8/4/12
On Saturday afternoon, Felix Hernandez shut out the Yankees at Yankee Stadium, allowing two hits and two walks and striking out six. That in itself is a very impressive achievement, given that the Yankees have scored the third-most runs per game in baseball this season, and also given that Yankee Stadium is not a particularly pleasant place to pitch. (The Yankees had averaged over five runs per game there before today.) Even more impressive is the fact that he did it with only 101 pitches. No pitcher has thrown a complete game against the Yankees with fewer pitches since Roy Halladay did it with 96 in 2008. If you want to shut out the Yankees, and you don't want it to take a long time, your best bet is to have Roy Halladay or Felix Hernandez. Felix has always been fairly efficient, but he's been especially efficient this season, throwing a career-low 14.6 pitches per inning. Among pitchers with at least 80 IP, only Bartolo Colon, Scott Diamond, and R.A. Dickey have thrown fewer. Ho...
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