It’s Sunday morning and the Yankees aren’t playing until 8:05 p.m. tonight – thanks ESPN and MLB! – so I’m just going to write everything that comes to mind regarding yesterday’s game and other various Yankee thoughts. Lucky you.
So yesterday didn’t go that well for Phil Hughes. While his velocity, which was a problem last year, was up, his location wasn’t great and because of that, he lost his second straight decision.
Let’s look at the positives from his outing:
- He had six strikeouts in 3.1 IP. That’s big for him. That means he was able to finish some guys off.
- He hit 94 m.p.h. on the gun.
Okay, so there aren’t as many positives.
- He only lasted 3.1 innings. It was a combination of nibbling and, well, giving up six runs.
- Going from 0-2 to 3-2 in counts. This bit him in the ass because this particular base runner was on when Howie Kendrick unloaded on a fastball with no bite and took Hughes deep to knock him out of the game.
- His fastball, while higher in velocity than it was last year, was straight and hittable.
Now, do I think we should give up in Phil Hughes? Not yet. It’s not like the Angels are a bad team. They may have been 2-5 coming into yesterday’s game but they’re not as bad as their record would indicate. I do realize that the window of opportunity is closing for Hughes. He’s on the sunset side of 25 and if he wants to have a long career, he needs to step it up. Nothing is more frustrating than seeing a guy full of so much potential and not reaching it.
If he’s still having these same issues after say two or three more starts then maybe the Yankees need to think about putting him back into the bullpen.
Speaking of the bullpen, haven’t they been amazing so far? They’re definitely a huge asset and as long as they stay healthy – cross your fingers, toes, legs and eyes – the Yankees are in good shape for 2012.
David Phelps looked good again yesterday. He lasted 5.1 innings, gave up one hit – which happened to be a home run to Vernon Wells – and struck out four. He also only threw 78 pitches compared to Hughes who threw 84 pitches in two fewer innings.
The offense was stymied by CJ Wilson who won his first ever game against the Yankees. I was actually surprised by that, I could have sworn he had won games against them. The offense also seemed to have terrible luck. There were so many line drives and fly outs right to the fielders, it was just one of those days. Hopefully the hard contact will carry over into tonight’s game but the luck will change.
Personally I’d love that since I’m going to my first game of the season tonight. I can’t start the year off with a loss. That wouldn’t be fun. I’d also love to see Ivan Nova repeat his outing from Tuesday night in Baltimore. The Yankees are facing a pitcher they haven’t seen which in the past hasn’t been a good thing for them. We’ll see how they handle it tonight.