A split series with the now 4-8 Minnesota Twins is all the Yankees can now hope for. There are many words that could describe Yankees fans feelings right now, but none would hit home more than dissapointing. With a tough stretch of games upcoming, the Yankees targeted this series as a good opportunity to get rolling, but the Twins had other plans. The night ended on a towering fly ball from Mark Texeira that was about 10 feet short of a homerun. Hiroki Kuroda was anything but good, allowing 6 runs in 4+ innings. The bullpen proved strong once again, but the bats just did not have anything in them. Kuroda, who pitched fabulously in his last start, falls to (1-2) on the year. So far its been hit or miss for Hiroki.
The Captain Continues: Derek Jeter is on fire to begin his 2012 campaign, and he continued that with his 3-5 night. He had two singles, and another homerun to right center field to make it a 6-5 game. Worn out? Too old? No range? He has everybody thinking otherwise. Boone Logan Impressive:The lefty was very effective tonight, including striking out 4 straight batters at one point.
Cano Back On Track: The much talked about slow start by Cano is being way overdone. This guy is the best hitter on our team,(Besides Jeter at the moment) and has actually looked pretty good at the plate, he’s just not getting the breaks. He went 2-4 including his first homerun of the year. Many more to come.
Look Ahead: The Bombers finish their four game set with the Twinkies tomorrow, as they’ll send Phil Hughes to the mound. Lets hope he can simply keep the Yankees in the game during his time on the mound. And hopefully he doesn’t get to many 0-2 counts, because he can’t put away hitters.
Just keep hoping Girardi. It may only be his second start of the year, but Phil Hughes poor start today was very predictable. He went 3 and 2/3 innings, giving up six runs on eights hits. His start combined with a poor offensive day from the Bombers led to a disappointing 7-1 loss to the Angels.
An at-bat that really told whole story was when Albert Pujols came up in the third. After throwing him two excellent curveballs, he tried to waste a high fastball. He got the ball up, in fact, it was around Pujols’ neck. But with no life behind that fastball, Albert was able to crush an RBI double to center field. After giving up a 3-run homerun to Howie Kendrick (Who is that? Exactly), Hughes was taken out of the game.
The only bright spot of the day came from David Phelps, a rookie who barely made the team out of spring training. He pitched 4 and two thirds innings of one hit ball, that hit being a solo homerun to Vernon Wells. That is the only hit Phelps has given up in 8.1 innings of work this year.
I really hope that Girardi can recognize that Hughes simply doesn’t have it as a starter right now, and address the situation. In the rubber game of the series, it will be Ivan Nova on the mound for Yankees. Nova is a pitcher I really like because he isn’t afraid of anybody. He had a great first start, and you better believe I will be rooting for him tomorrow.
On days where the Yankees aren’t playing, (Days Off) I will be starting a series called Day Off Dilemma’s, where I discuss one problem I have with the Yankees, or perharps even baseball in general. Today’s will be about Phil Hughes, currently fourth in the starting rotation in for the Bombers.
Yes, I heard all the hype surrounding Hughes after being a first round draft pick, and a supposed “star” in the making while he was in the minors. Even I was a believer after he had thrown 7 innnings of no hit ball against the Rangers. But while he still had a no-hitter going, he injured himself, and was on the DL for an extended period of time.
He came back, and while he served as an 8th inning set up man, I loved him. He had good velocity, and he threw strikes. He had a great year, and so did the Yankees. That year was 2009, and they won the World Series. The next year, he earned a spot in the starting rotation. And, for the first half of the season, he looked great. But after the All-Star break in 2010, he has never been the same pitcher. He can’t throw the ball nearly as hard as he used to, and his fastball is DEAD STRAIGHT. He got hit hard throughout last year, but Brian Cashman(GM) and Joe Girardi(Manager) were convinced he could get back to his form 2010, in which he went 18-8.
My opinion: put this guy in the bullpen where he can be effective, or trade him. When Michael Pineda and Andy Pettite join the team in May, I sure hope Phil Hughes is the odd man out of the rotation, because he simply cannot perform at a high level as a starter.
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