Closer Look at Felix Hernandez's Complete-game Shutout of Yankees

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The New York Yankees, after Seattle Mariners ace Felix Hernandez's two-hit, 1-0 shutout against them at Yankee Stadium on Saturday, are 5-10 in their last 15 games, 3-5 on their current homestand, and losers of seven straight games decided by one run (13-16 in such contests in 2012) for the first time since 1995, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Yankees' Offensive Futility

Saturday marked the fifth time the Yankees have been shut out this season (third time at home; first time overall by Seattle since Hernandez kept them scoreless over eight innings in their 6-0 loss on Aug. 20, 2010) ... the ending of their Yankee Stadium home run-hitting streak at 21 games, which was the second longest such streak in franchise history (Yankees homered in 23 consecutive home games in 1963 [June 13-July 24]) ... first time they've been held to two hits or fewer since getting a pair of hits in a 4-0 loss to the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on April 10, 2011 ... and their first two-hits-or-fewer game at home since Aug. 3, 2010, when they were defeated 8-2 by the Toronto Blue Jays.

The King's Dominance

Felix Hernandez (10-5, 2.63 ERA), who held the final 22 batters he faced on Saturday hitless, is 4-1 with a 1.13 ERA in five starts--which includes one previous complete-game shutout (June 30, 2010)--at the current Yankee Stadium ... the owner of the venue's lowest ERA out of anyone who has pitched at least 15 innings there ... 6-0 with a 1.60 ERA in his last 10 starts ... and tied for having thrown the fourth-fewest pitches needed (101) in a complete-game victory.

Hernandez now has 21 career complete games (three this year). Seven of those efforts were of the shutout variety, and three of his seven shutouts have taken place this season (the previous two against the Red Sox and Texas Rangers). In 14 career starts vs. the Yankees--which includes four complete games (two shutouts)--Hernandez has an 8-5 mark and 3.08 ERA.

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