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New York Yankees pitcher Phil Hughes made his second start yesterday afternoon against Los Angeles Angels, and ex-Ranger CJ Wilson.
And Hughes preformed exactly how I thought he would, terribly.
Phil Hughes in 2007 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
I have received endless criticism from LLP readers about my harsh stance on Hughes not having the stuff to be a starter; and that his 2010 season was a fluke.
Yes, Hughes went 18-8 in 2010 but in 14 of the wins the Yankees scored six or more runs, which was the most run support in baseball. Hughes pitched 176 innings and gave up 25 home-runs, which is not typical for an 18-game winner who made 31 starts.
Hughes was voted to the All-Star team in 2010 as his wins record turned a decent first-half into something it was not. And ever since Hughes pitched in that All-Star game he has not gotten back to being even close to decent again.
The real Hughes was on display in yesterday’s loss; and he couldn’t complete four innings, allowed six runs to score...
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For the Yankees, locker placement is meaningful. Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez have two of the more prominent lockers in the room and for a long time Jorge Posada was said to have an important spot too right in front of the no access door essentially serving a a fence between the media and where the Yankees can go and relax.
That locker now belongs to Robinson Cano.
There has been a lot of talk about Phil Hughes potentially losing his rotation spot once Andy Pettitte comes back, but it is important to remember that Freddy Garcia is also pitching for a job.
Garcia had an uncharacteristically good spring, but got roughed up in his first start of the season primarily due to a lack of command. He’ll be back out on the mound today and another...
From Mark Hale:The way things looked for Andy Pettitte after yesterday’s minor league outing, it seemed possible he would need just two more starts before rejoining the Yankees. Pettitte’s return to the major league seemed imminent, meaning Phil Hughes might get just two more turns to solve his woes.
Both Pettitte and Hughes, however, will be getting more time.
I heard a new complaint about Derek Jeter this off-season. I was on a date with a very pretty brunette and she told me she was from Kalamazoo, Michigan. Of course, being a diehard Yankee fan, I said that the only thing I knew about her hometown was the Yankee Captain. When I said that, she made a face and I expected some typical feedback about Jeter. Mind you, she had Curtis Granderson...
BBDP MVP: Tyler Austin. It was tough to knock Mikey O’Brien and Craig Heyer out of the running, but Austin earned it today.
Triple-A Empire State:
Ramon Ortiz pitched 5 innings and let up 3 ER, while Jason Bulger let up 4 earned in 1 IP.
Pat Venditte: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, BB, K (4.5 ERA). Got the job done again...
Andy Pettitte made his latest minor league start on Sunday and said he felt good after throwing 47 pitches and remains on track to return to the Bronx on May 5th or 10th.
“Right now, I feel good. I feel strong,” Pettitte told Adam Berry of MLB.com. “I need to get to where I can get into a game and feel comfortable where I can get into an inning where I may have to throw...
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Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 7 — New York Yankees 1
C.J. Wilson and the offensive support in the...
With a career OPS of just .768, April is by far Mark Teixeira‘s worst month of his career. Last season he reversed that by putting up a .941 OPS in the first month, but that hasn’t lasted long as he is once again off to a slow start, putting up a lowly .639 OPS so far through the Yankees first nine games.
“I’ve gotten used to it,” Teixeira told Bryan Hoch of MLB.com...
KURODA vs. SANTANA compared to WILSON vs. HUGHES:
Photograph of Phil Hughes taken on April 29, 2008 at Yankee Stadium. 04:50, 1 May 2008 . . Mandalatv . . 1,272×954 (691 KB) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
If you looked at Kuroda and Santana’s career stats vs. the active hitters prior to yesterday’s game, the Yankee win was already a lock.
Not taking anything away from Kuroda, but...
The Yankees have started the season 4-4 despite the fact they have been without the expected quality pitching of ace CC Sabathia (he of the new five year, $122 million extension), and without any production from middle of the order hitters Robinson Cano and Mark Teixeira.
Robbie will come around soon, but it is Teixeira’s lack of production which should be very worrisome to Yankee...
Triple-A Empire State: W 7-5 vs Buffalo. W: Whitley (1-0), S: Whelan (1)
Kevin Russo: 1/6, R, 2B (.280)
Ramiro Pena: 1/5, R, 2B, RBI (.192)
Dewayne Wise: 4/5, R, 2 2B, 2 RBI, K (.529). That’s right, he’s batting .529 in 17 at bats. Small sample size, but boy is that ever impressive
Brandon Laird: 0/3, 2 RBI, BB, 2 K (.194). Does seem like he’s being more patient this...
Some sites give you their immediate takes on just-completed games. I believe in taking a moment (or full night) to compose my thoughts.
The New York Yankees last night won the rubber game of their first series with the Pujolsian Edition of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. None of the games were particularly great, nor is there much to extrapolate based on the performances we saw...
The New York Yankees (4-3) beat the Los Angeles Angels (2-5) 5-0, yesterday afternoon at Yankee Stadium.
Hiroki Kuroda (W, 1-1)
Ervin Santana (L, 0-2)
Hiroki Kuroda had a great day pitching 8 scoreless innings, allowed 5 hits, 2 walks and struck out 6 batters.
David Robertson pitched a 1-2-3 9th inning to end the ballgame.
Nick Swisher in the first inning...
This latest episode of the Lady At The Bat Podcast was recorded before the Yankees won the rubber game of their weekend series against the Angels last night. They start a three game series against the Twins tonight and travel to Boston this weekend for their first meeting of the season with the Red Sox. Mike Passeri of New York Yankees Update joins me on the podcast to talk Yankees...