Yanks 10, Rangers 1 — And I care about this victory

Who cares about that win with this injury?
Phil Hughes interview on Baseball Tonight

Player WPA Pitcher WPA
Cano .136 Hughes .162
Posada .097 Myers .002
Minky .073 VIzcaino .000
Giambi .050
Alex .039
Jeter .009
Phelps .000
Melky -.007
Matsui -.011
Abreu -.049

It seems pointless to dwell on Hughes right now. Yes, it hurts. I was all worried about the injury, waiting to hear anything definitive last night. Once the word came down on four to six weeks, it was actually a relief. We have an idea of the extent of the injury, and we know he’ll be back soon enough.

Before recapping the game, please take this advice: don’t listen to Pete Abraham when it come to Hughes. His quote:

Sure, this absolutely could have happened tonight in Scranton. But Scranton played Toledo tonight in front of 4,528 fans. Their No. 3 hitter was Timo Perez. Do you think Hughes would have looked at Timo Perez in the seventh inning and felt the same way he did against Mark Teixeira? Do you think he would have tried so hard that his mechanics got all out of whack?

This is why he should stick to reporting and not analysis. Of course Hughes doesn’t try to bury that curveball to Timo — but that’s almost the point. He’d never have that kind of situation in the minors. He’d just cruise through, retiring batter after batter, nary facing a situation with a man in scoring position. Why waste those pitches at AAA?

Even if the Yanks had stuck with the plan, who’s to say he wouldn’t have tried the same thing against Manny Ramirez in August? If he pulls his hammy then, his season’s over. Right now, and aggressive timetable has him back in early June, and even if the injury is Cano-esque, he’ll be back around the All-Star break. And when he comes back, he’ll be smarter because he learned from this experience.

Injuries happen. If you’re going to blame this injury on the Yanks calling him up too early, I think you seriously need to reconsider your position. And please, for the love of poop, don’t listen to Pete Abraham’s crying of foul. It’s his job to sell papers — and draw traffic to his blog. He’s not going to get that by patting everyone on the back.

With little time left for a recap, let’s hit the bullets:

  • The bullpen, for all intents and purposes, has had two full days off. However, that’s not exactly great for guys like Farnsworth and Mariano, who need to get some work in. It is good for Proctor and Burney, and to a lesser extent, Henn. Viz got a nice tune-up in the ninth, cruising to a 1-2-3 inning.
  • The bats, once again, are alive. We’ll see if Johnny Damon can step back into the lineup and produce at that level. Even Mientkiewicz’s swings were looking better tonight. Melky’s, however, were not.
  • It was pretty sweet that they scored 10 runs without putting one over the fence.
  • I’ll stop with the bullets, since the game story is simple: Hughes was a gem, the Yanks hit the shit out of the ball, Hughes is hurt, bullpen got a rest.

Pettitte vs. Robinson Tejada tonight. If they win tonight, that’s two in a row. If they win tomorrow, that’s called a winning streak. It’s happened before.

Who cares about that win with this injury?
Phil Hughes interview on Baseball Tonight
  • http://www.canyonofheroes.blogspot.com Mike Plugh

    Hey Joe and RAB peeps.

    I love PeteAbe, but I disagree with him too. Check out my thoughts at COH. Hughes’ injury was unfortunate, but it was not the result of some kind of magic MLB-itis that affects those young AAA scarlet-lettered kids.

    You hit the nail on the head. He’ll be back soon enough and he’ll dominate.

  • Barry

    I still cant believe it, I’m actually feeling depressed about losing hughes.

  • http://jeteupthemiddle.blogspot.com Jeteupthemiddle

    Peter Abraham is terrible for analysis.

    His blog is a must read because he is first with news and team updates and such, but his analysis is terrible.

    I think last night’s post was him trying to save face after he 1. crucified the Yankees for bringing up Hughes after he struggled in his debut and 2. Hughes put egg on his face after dominating the Texas lineup for over 6 innings.