CLEVELAND: The Indians this year have faced R.A. Dickey, David Price, Phillip Humber, Mark Buehrle, Bartolo Colon, Roy Halladay, Justin Verlander and Hernandez, who have an aggregate 0-7 record and 12.32 ERA against the Tribe.
What do these pitchers have in common? All of won a Cy Young Award, thrown a no-hitter or both.
Three other no-hit perpetrators or Cy guys (Jon Lester, Ervin Santana, Jake Peavy) are 3-0 with a 2.14 ERA. Hernandez took his bitter medicine today, losing 6-0 to the Tribe.
As dominating a pitcher as Hernandez can be, several Indians have impressive numbers against him.
Mike Aviles is batting .421 (7-for-17) against Hernandez; Jason Kipnis .400 (6-for-15), Michael Brantley .381 (8-for-21) and Jason Giambi .308 (4-for-13). Nick Swisher is hitting only .212 (11-for-52) against Hernandez but has four home runs.
“We kind of got to him early today,’’ said Michael Bourn, who had never faced Hernandez before. “”He got better as the game went on. Even though he gave up those (five) runs by the second inning, he didn’t give up on it.’’