Game 20: Hughes Returns

Heyman: Yanks push up A-Rod's target return date
Game 20 Spillover Thread

Hughes in campThe last time we saw Phil Hughes, he took a no-decision in Toronto after throwing eight innings of two run ball. He returns to the big league team just over six months later, filling in for a horrifically ineffective Chien-Ming Wang. To make room for Hughes on the roster, the Yanks returned Steven Jackson to Triple-A Scranton. Jackson was with the team for eight games, but he didn’t do anything more than warm up in the bullpen a handful of times.

The team has been brutal whenever I’ve written the game thread (1-4, outscored 37-22), so I’m going to quit while I”m ahead. Here’s the lineup:

Jeter, SS
Damon, LF
Teixeira, 1B
Matsui, DH
Cano, 2B
Swisher, RF
Melky, CF – looks it look Gardner 18 games to lose his job
Molina, C
Pena, 3B – looks like it took Berroa 2 games to lose his

And on the mound, number sixty-five, Phil Hughes.

Notes: In case you missed it, A-Rod’s coming back a week earlier than expected. Thank Mo.

Photo Credit: Flickr user DJ Brian Eason

Heyman: Yanks push up A-Rod's target return date
Game 20 Spillover Thread
  • E. Aron

    Any word on why Posada isn’t starting again?

    • Joe R

      Sore hammy

    • BigBlueAL

      Yeah Pete Abe said he is nursing a sore hamstring, probably the reason he was running so slow last night on the DP he hit into.

      • A.D.

        I thought that was slower than normal.

    • E. Aron

      they finally told me why on WCBS.. i’m poor can’t afford cable.

  • Joe R

    UUUUUUUGGGHHHHEEESSSS!! I hope he goes 7.0IP 5H 1R 1ER 2BB 8K

    • JobaWockeeZ

      1R? BUST. We should have gotten teh Santana!

      • http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/00mwbIM15ofMv/340x.jpg Mike Pop

        Yep. Cause CC sure as hell ain’t no Johan. Not even close!1!1!1!

    • A.D.

      9 IP 29 Ks

  • 27 this year

    Jorge Posada hurt his hamstring when he hit that double play. That is why he couldn’t run it out.

    • E. Aron

      That’s a shame. 6-9 in the lineup looking pretty weak.

      • Matt-Pitt

        In all fairness to that, 6-9 has looked pretty weak for the majority of the early season.

      • E. Aron

        True. Just operating under the assumption that Hughes will need a good amount of support tonight.

  • 65hughes

    lets go phil

    • Andy in Sunny Daytona

      Where have you been, montagemountainroadblues.com?

  • Drew

    So now we spell BUST, SCHUSTER.

  • Jake H

    Hopefully Phil has a great start. I want to see how the cutter looks. I do still think Gardner is better then Melky. IF you throw a fast ball over his head he swings.

    • Drew

      And if you throw a pitch to Brett, he makes an out.

  • mustang

    It’s time baby.

    Mr. Hughes no hype just results.

    WIN BABY WIN !!!

  • Willy

    6.1 5H 1ER 7K 2BB

    • E. Aron

      no, i don’t think edwin jackson will pitch THAT well

      • Willy

        Philllllllllllllllllll

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

    Just hope Posada’s injury isn’t serious.

    On a side note I’ve been rereading this season’s Baseball Prospectus and they make a big deal out of the Yankees being old and this leading to increased injuries.

    Now I can see why.

    • Angry Axl

      That’s why nobody keeps players as long as the Yankees do anymore…(besides Chipper and the Braves)

  • Angry Axl

    Cmon! Throw them that Sussudio, Phil!!!

    • http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/00mwbIM15ofMv/340x.jpg Mike Pop

      Ladies and Gents, be happy. This is the one positive comment we will see from him tonight.

      • Axl

        Gee, I wonder why. With you antagonizing everybody…I wonder why that would be the case??

        • http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/00mwbIM15ofMv/340x.jpg Mike Pop

          How am I antagonizing?

  • The Evil Empire needs to stop playing little leaguers at CF

    Here’s an interesting scenario:

    Lets say Hughes pitches three times before Wang returns, and in all three starts he gets a W with an ERA less than 2.00

    What do we do?

    -Move Joba to the pen?
    -Send Hughes back to AAA?
    -Keep him her

    • Drew

      Send him back to AAA

      • Drew

        Or, if Joba is having some troubles, send Joba back to AAA to get it together.

        • Moose Man

          what are you out of your mind???

          With that scenario, Hughes stays in the rotation as our number 5 and Joba goes back to where he belongs – in the bullpen

          • Jack

            Why do you believe that Joba belongs in the bullpen?

    • Angry Axl

      Somebody else will be injured by then…and/or not doing up to par…

    • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

      *can’t stop laughing at ‘keep him her’*

    • The Evil Empire needs to stop playing little leaguers at CF

      -Keep him here with the team as a long man*

      • Drew

        That would be quite detrimental to his growth. He need to put up regular innings.

    • E. Aron

      fix your hypo – not gonna happen

    • mustang

      As much as some people here hate the idea if the pen keeps struggling and they get back Hughes and Wang pitching well Joba will go to the pen. Unless Joba starts pitching lights out as a starter then I don’t know.

      • The Evil Empire needs to stop playing little leaguers at CF

        That’s what I’m betting on. Although I hope Joba proves me wrong and shows that he can be a # 1 or 2 starter, I know he’s young, but come on, it’s his third year in the league.

        Yes i know he pitched well enough LAST year to earn a spot on the rotation.

        • http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/00mwbIM15ofMv/340x.jpg Mike Pop

          , I know he’s young, but come on, it’s his third year in the league.

          WHY THE FUCK IS MY BURRITO…….continued

          Seriously, dude? It’s technically his second year because he was not given a chance to start when he first got called up, but seriously? I can’t believe you just said that.

        • mustang

          I actually think that’s the way is going to play out, but saying that here is suicide.

      • mustang

        The funny thing is that if Hughes pitches well he might actually push joba to the pen. That’s of course is if Wang gets back to form.

    • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt ACTY

      -Move Joba to the pen? No. Not at all.
      -Send Hughes back to AAA? Yes.
      -Keep him here No, unless someone else gets hurt.

  • Drew

    I really hope that when Phil pitches in the stadium, people don’t yell UUUUGHHES. Too close to YOOOUUUU and not as cool as MOOOOOOOSE

  • Axl

    The question is…are we going to add Edwin Jackson to the list of inconsistent pitchers who have struggled in the past…that pitch remarkable against us? (yes, I know Edwin has pitched well this year so far…just saying)

  • Matt-Pitt

    Thats when you know its gonna be a long day at the plate for Jeter… Boy do I know those days. Start me off with a bloop single or a litle dribbler please.

  • http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/00mwbIM15ofMv/340x.jpg Mike Pop

    What is Edwin Jackson’s ceiling?

    • http://liberalmusings.wordpress.com Pablo Zevallos

      Probably a #3 at this point unless he gets command of his pitches

      • http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/00mwbIM15ofMv/340x.jpg Mike Pop

        Thanks, Pablo!

  • Kelvz

    Why is Jackson throwing nothing but 2-seamers? Gameday problem I guess.

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

    Gonna be another long night, isn’t it?

    • http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/00mwbIM15ofMv/340x.jpg Mike Pop

      Back away, Becca.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      Actually it looks like it’ll be the exact opposite, a rather quick night.

  • Accent Shallow

    At least Hughes isn’t exactly facing an imposing lineup.

  • Axl

    Here comes Phil Pubes…

    • http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/00mwbIM15ofMv/340x.jpg Mike Pop

      He just put his pubes in your mouth.

      – I like judging small sample sizes too ;)

  • dkidd

    we play today, we win today!

  • Accent Shallow

    Breaking ball doesn’t seem to be working. Yikes.

  • Axl

    Granderson…4 at bats against Hughes…3 hits…2 of them home runs…nice

    • Accent Shallow

      Well, one of those jacks was an inside the park job. That’s on Matsui.

      • Axl

        Ahh…doesn’t count then. 2 legit home runs out of 4 is bad…if ones an inside the park…not so bad…

  • Raf

    shake it off pena, we dont need berroa out there

  • Matt-Pitt

    Nice start, Hughes.

  • Accent Shallow

    Clearly doesn’t have a big league fastball.

  • Drew

    94 mph on that last pitch. :)

  • dkidd

    who’s our fifth string 3rd basemen?

  • Christopher

    94mph on that strikeout according to FSD (Detroit)

  • Chelo

    Hughes looking good to start the game. 94mph on the strikeout.

  • Mike HC

    Any word on if Hughes put on some weight since last year. It seems like he is bulkier than last year, but it is tough to be sure. His velocity is also up a bit, so maybe the added weight has helped, although I believe someone on this site in the past explained that extra muscle/weight does not mean an increase in velocity. Since I have not done any studies on this, I’m not sure if that is true or not. Any thoughts.

    • Raf

      i thought there was something in the off season about him getting up to his weight from high school. cant remember exactly

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      PEDs, obviously.

      In all seriousness, he does look a little thicker. He’s still young, probably filled out a bit or something.

      • Mike HC

        very true. He is still developing physically. I guess that is why you have to give these prospects time. They may not hit their physical maturity until around 24/25.

  • Chelo

    OUCH, Thats going to be on thats Nasty….later.

  • Matt-Pitt

    That hook ws nasty… Shit buckled me.

  • Dave

    OH SHIT loved that curve

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Nasty. Hughes is a steal at fantasy baby.

    • Kara

      I picked him up 2 days ago when one of my players went on the DL. Genius (hopefully)!

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

    Uncle Charlie stopped by Mr. Polanco. He’s staying for dinner.

  • Nate

    That curveball was NASTY.

  • Alex S

    HUUUUGHES!

  • http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/00mwbIM15ofMv/340x.jpg Mike Pop

    Eh, it’s a no win situation tonight. If they lose, we as fans lose. If Hughes pitches well, we have to hear how Joba should go to the pen because Hughes is a better starting pitcher than him and it’s a 6 inning game with Joba in the pen.

    Oh, and of course. Axl will be complaining in any situation.

    Nasty pitch by Phil Phranchise.

    • Mike HC

      Having people complain that Joba should be in the pen due to our starting pitching depth is a good problem. I’m happy the Joba to the pen people are not running the franchise and I believe Yankee management is set on keeping him a starter, so it is not a big deal.

    • Axl

      I’m starting to think you’re obsessed with me. I’ve been quite good thus far yet you keep trying to taunt me. You’re like the idiot who keeps poking the lion in the cage and then once it starts getting pissed and roaring…you run away and call for somebody to taze it.

      I actually never said Joba needs to go to the pen. I don’t care where he goes to be honest..just as long as he’s successful. If he’s more successful in one? Put him there. If he’s better in another? Put him there. Doesn’t matter to me. The bottom line is, we need to start winning games.

  • Dave

    Really trying to not get overly excited based on one half inning of phil…but DAYUM that looked nice.

    • Mike HC

      Agree. Hughes looks great

  • Accent Shallow

    Even Chien-Ming Wang had a 1-2-3 inning this year. Clearly a bust.

    • Matt-Pitt

      Hughes didn’t strike out the side to open the first… He should reinvent himself down in A ball before we give him another look.

  • Drew

    That was A-Rodian.

  • Axl

    Wow! Phil Pubes with the pitch! And Ramiro Pinga with the nasty play!

  • Christopher

    Ordonez is on second now if Ransom or Berroa are at 3rd

  • southernyankeefan

    Yeah Pena love it.

  • Chelo

    Ramiro Pena, is a big leaguer, defensively. He is fast becoming a favorite of mines.

  • Matt-Pitt

    Nice D there, Pena. Nice inning for Hughes, looking sharp, attacking the zone.

  • Nate

    Angel who?

  • http://www.nowlive.com/desktop/default.aspx?id=100330797 Joey H

    See, He actually looks like he has confidence in his stuff tonight.

    • Drew

      *He has his stuff tonight.

      • http://www.nowlive.com/desktop/default.aspx?id=100330797 Joey H

        Pretty much, yeah.

  • Dave

    Heres the question, when AROD comes back, do u get Pena more ABs for some offensive seasoning down at Triple A, or do you leave him with the big club for defensive replacement/utility role?

    • http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/00mwbIM15ofMv/340x.jpg Mike Pop

      Well, if they believe this is his ceiling as a utility guy. Guess you have to keep him here, no?

      • Dave

        I mean hes only what like 22/23 years old? He could develop some offensive skills I would think?

    • Drew

      I want him down in AAA trying to hit and steal bases blah blah. I think I’m in the minority though.

  • http://www.nowlive.com/desktop/default.aspx?id=100330797 Joey H

    Nice 94 M’s PH on the fastball.

  • dkidd

    do we think it’s getaway day?

  • marc

    All-time Hughes basher here… but looks like he found his velocity… looks great so far… Man, i almost root hard for phil because of Mike A.’s man crush on him that he’s had since the IGWT days.

    • Mike HC

      I too was not as high on Hughes as others, but it seems like he really improved this year. More velocity and the added cutter … that, plus the maturity he always had … I’m liking it

  • John

    Me Gusta!

  • mustang

    No hype just results.

    HUGHES !!!!!

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

    That guy screaming “swing!!!” every time a pitch is delivered needs to die.

    • http://eemack.blogspot.com Eric

      That’s definitely bush. Did he bring his glove to the game also?

      • http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/00mwbIM15ofMv/340x.jpg Mike Pop

        With the Tigers jersey with his own last name on the back?

    • dkidd

      i don’t know. i think we’d miss swisher’s bat

  • Axl

    Whatta ya know! The pitching is there again…and the hitting is anemic again! Perfectly orchestrated… Bravo…very well done…very well done…

    • Mike HC

      You clearly are just messing around. Replying to your comments are a waste of time because I don’t even think you believe them.

      • Axl

        Well I mean you have to admit it’s kind of strange…we can hit over the weekend like crazy…our pitchers stink though. Then Sabathia does well…we don’t hit. And Hughes is doing great, albeit 1 inning, and we can’t hit again. It’s pretty amazing.

        • Mike HC

          Obviously the Yanks have not put it together yet, but to have such a doomsday mentality so early in the game is nuts.

    • E. Aron

      wow.. 1 inning man.. chill..

      • Axl

        2 innings for the Yankees…

      • E. Aron

        you’re right – game’s over..

        • Axl

          Precisely…

  • kSturnz

    guy behiind home plate is annoying

  • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt ACTY

    Nine pitch inning. Awesome. Try taking pitches, it’s worked this year.

  • Brazilian Yankee

    Where’s our offense?

  • http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/00mwbIM15ofMv/340x.jpg Mike Pop

    This saturday or next wednesday… First game of the year for me, which one should I go too?

  • Dave

    breaks up the perfect game

    • http://ryanhandt.blogspot.com/ handtius

      i like this. i smirked

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

    Hanger. He’s lucky Miggy didn’t put that one in the seats.

  • kSturnz

    that curve was a tweener… miggie will hit that 80% of the time, every time

  • Matt-Pitt

    Little bit of a hanger there, should’ve changed the eye level or put it in the dirt. Bright side, it is Miguel Cabrera up and that ball could’ve been in the stands.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

    Well, he got the DP ball …

  • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt ACTY

    Single to Cabrera? Bust.

  • E. Aron

    On a side note – Gary Sheffield hit a triple in Citi Field. Something is clearly wrong with THAT stadium

  • Jake H

    Hughes mechanics look slightly different. He doesn’t seem to be coming from the same arm angle as he was last year. More velocity with the new arm angle.

    • http://ryanhandt.blogspot.com/ handtius

      i think they put him back at his old arm angle…they tried him more over the top, didn’t work..less movement

  • http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/00mwbIM15ofMv/340x.jpg Mike Pop

    I know Miggy has always been a bit chubby, but he looks like he has dropped some weight since last year.

    • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt ACTY

      So big he’s small.

    • http://www.nowlive.com/desktop/default.aspx?id=100330797 Joey H

      Roids for sure. Nobody gains weight THAT fast.

  • Ajay

    Mike HC-

    By having Joba in the rotation you clearly see he does not have the same stuff as when he comes out of the pen.There is a big difference when Joba comes out and throws 91 mph as a starter as oppose to him coming out of the pen throwing 99 mph. The most important outs are in the 7th,8th and 9th innings. The bullpen already showed its flaws this year by blowing a few games. With Joba,Bruney,Mark M,Coke,Mo and maybe a long man in Alfredo A.?That would be a hell of an upgrade over what we are presenting right now.

    • kSturnz

      maybe he wouldn’t be throwing high nineties this year out of the pen, either. you can’t assume an average jump of 7mph in switching a pitcher to the pen

    • Mike HC

      I’m just not ready to concede that Joba can’t be an effective starter after just 3 starts or so. He has made a concerted effort to not overthrow/overwork in the spring. Give it more time. Let him get comfortable before making these major decisions. This is not some video game. There is a human element involved. People need time to make adjustments and get comfortable. I am not the type of person who thinks it is blasphemy to think Joba should be in the pen, but you have to give it more time.

    • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt ACTY

      By having Joba in the rotation you clearly see he does not have the same stuff as when he comes out of the pen.

      You know this after three games?

      The most important outs are in the 7th,8th and 9th innings.

      This has to be a joke.

      That would be a hell of an upgrade over what we are presenting right now.

      No. It wouldn’t. You know why? It’d leave a bigger hole in the rotation than the hole it’d be fixing in the bullpen. Joba NEEDS to be a starter unless he gets hurt 2-3 years in a row. Even if Joba is a league average starter, he’ll be more valuable than he would as a starter. Check it: last year, Andy Pettitte was worth 4.4 Wins Above Replacement. Mo was worth 3.1. Average starter >> Awesome closer.

      • Mike HC

        I agree with you. But that got me thinking of what is more important for the playoffs, in a seven game series: A dominant closer, or ONE good start (not counting two starts)?? I think we all know that the Red Sox got way more dangerous in the playoffs when Papelbon came in, rather than what they used to trot out there.

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

          Josh Beckett was far, far more important to the Red Sox winning in ’07 than Papelbon was. Great starting pitching is a necessity, great setup men are luxuries.

          • Mike HC

            Yea. I was trying to find an argument for the other side, because is seems clear that starters are more important than relievers. Just look at the inning count. It is really that easy.

    • doug YF

      Humor me, please: why are the most important outs in the last three innings? Why are 9 more important than the preceding 18?

    • Accent Shallow

      Joba’s velocity is down this year as a starter compared to last year as a starter. Whether that’s due to conscious choice, it being early in the year, or the aftereffects of the injury, I have no idea. However, I doubt moving him to the pen would fix that.

      • http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/00mwbIM15ofMv/340x.jpg Mike Pop

        Ya, because if that was the case. You would see Joba throwing gas a few times early in the game. But, maybe his arm strength just isn’t there right now.

      • Mike HC

        If Joba knew he was only pitching for one inning, you really don’t think that he would be throwing harder. It seems obvious that as a starter, you can’t throw 100% on every pitch and stay healthy.

        • Accent Shallow

          Clearly. However, his velocity last year as a starter is significantly higher than his velocity this year as a starter. So I’m not sure that he’d be able to hit 100 with regularity even if he was moved back to the pen.

          • Mike HC

            I’m not sure either and I really hope we don’t have to find out. (meaning I hope he stays as an effective starter)

    • A.D.

      Mike Francesa is that you??

  • Matt-Pitt

    How was that not strike three?

    • http://ryanhandt.blogspot.com/ handtius

      X on gameday

  • http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/00mwbIM15ofMv/340x.jpg Mike Pop

    Man, looked like strike 3 to me.

  • Accent Shallow

    Sure looked like strike 3 there.

  • kSturnz

    wowo hughes got jipped

  • Raf

    oh where was that 2-2 curve?

  • Accent Shallow

    Gameday registered that fastball/cutter as a curveball. Ha ha.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

    High cheese baby.

  • http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/00mwbIM15ofMv/340x.jpg Mike Pop

    Wow, Inge is beasting.

  • Dave

    Hughes has the 93/94 FB but what is the pitch coming in at around 88? Is it just a different fast ball, like 4 seam or something?

    • Drew

      Yea the 2 seamer is a little slower.

    • http://ryanhandt.blogspot.com/ handtius

      cutter

    • Chip

      Cutter

    • http://www.nowlive.com/desktop/default.aspx?id=100330797 Joey H

      Probably a cutter. They were working on that one.

  • Chip

    I think Hughes is throwing his curve a bit too much with two strikes, he’s getting a bit predictable. Hopefully Molina will get that out of him a bit

    • http://www.nowlive.com/desktop/default.aspx?id=100330797 Joey H

      That’s exactly what he wants you to think….. LOL

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

    Holy fuck, welcome back to the bigs Phil!

    • http://www.nowlive.com/desktop/default.aspx?id=100330797 Joey H

      HOLY FUCK, WELCOME TO THE PLATE MELKY!

  • http://www.nowlive.com/desktop/default.aspx?id=100330797 Joey H

    Now say the Phranchise pitches outstanding, Wang comes back, then what the hell do they do with the rotation?

    • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt ACTY

      Hughes goes back to AAA.

      • http://www.nowlive.com/desktop/default.aspx?id=100330797 Joey H

        You say it like it’s that simple. It’s really unfair to do that to someone who is the future of the rotation is it not? Especially if it looks like he took that extra step forward.

        • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt ACTY

          Because it is that simple, unless Joba is pitching like a fuck-up, in which case, you send him to AAA to get him some length. But if Joba is pitching well and Wang comes back and looks good, you send Hughes down. If Wang fucks up again, you DL him again and leave Hughes up for the rest of the season.

        • http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/00mwbIM15ofMv/340x.jpg Mike Pop

          Yes, but Joba>>>Hughes as a starter. Putting Joba in the pen stalls his development. If Joba is flat out terrible, send him down but if he is putting up quality starts and pitching well….Hughes has to go back down.

          • http://www.nowlive.com/desktop/default.aspx?id=100330797 Joey H

            Well if through Hughes’ first 3 starts he is >>>> than Joba through his first 8 or so and Joba is really struggling it becomes a tough spot. I’m not saying Joba to the pen, I have no answer for it, that’s why I ask all you … geniuses.

            • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt ACTY

              If Joba’s pitching poorly, then send him to Scranton and get him length. If he’s pitching fine, Phil goes back to Scranton.

    • Chip

      That’s a very good problem to have and probably one we won’t have to encounter (unfortunately)

      • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

        BUT . . . . . THAT’S THE PERFECT EXCUSE TO STICK JOBBER IN THE BULLPEN WHERE HE BELONGGGGGGGSSSSSS-SAAAAHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!

        • Lanny

          Why waste Hughes in AAA if he’s pitching great here?

          • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt ACTY

            Because putting Joba in the bullpen is fucking stupid. Ifhe’s not pitching well, send him to Scranton and keep Hughes up.

          • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

            Don’t mind me, I’m just being an ass.

            But I can’t take the Joba to the Bullpen debate anymore. Its like screaming racism in a room full of white people, its a great way to clear a room.

  • Matt-Pitt

    The guy screaming behind home is an idiot

    • http://www.nowlive.com/desktop/default.aspx?id=100330797 Joey H

      Now as much as I try to like Melky, it’s hard. Why some times does he put together a representable at bat and others he looks absolutely over matched. His good at bats are when he’s taking strikes obviously but why is it feast or famine?

      • http://www.nowlive.com/desktop/default.aspx?id=100330797 Joey H

        Sorry not supposed to be a reply.

      • Matt-Pitt

        All about the pitch selection. When he swings at strikes, makes good contact, fouls off pitches. Still something he obviously has a lot of work to do on his game.

    • Bryan

      Good, I’m not the only one that thinks that guy is really fucking annoying.

  • Chip

    Whoa, Melky just laid off a fastball in his eyes. Just think if he started doing that with two strikes on him!

  • Raf

    seriously if anyone on here is within driving distance of Detroit go take out that dude yelling.

    • http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/00mwbIM15ofMv/340x.jpg Mike Pop

      I’ll put him in a sharpshooter.

  • Matt-Pitt

    Nice way to leadoff the inning, Melky.

  • Drew

    TEH MELKY!! :)

  • Tom Zig

    Jeez even Melky packs lips now

  • Ivan

    Just came from work, what did I miss?

    • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt ACTY

      Three strikeouts by the Phranchise.

    • Drew

      Hughes looks good early.

      • Ivan

        Thats good.

  • southernyankeefan

    why does molina bluff bunt almost every first pitch?

  • http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/00mwbIM15ofMv/340x.jpg Mike Pop

    I hate fucks that wear Boston Red Sox gear or any other team gear to a game where that team isn’t playing. Like that douche with the Sox hoody and hat.

    Ugh. THE NATION is everywhere!1!!!!11!!

    • Yankeegirl49

      I dunno..I saw the Sox play TB in Tampa and the Sox play the Phillies in Philly and wore Yankee gear both times.

      • http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/00mwbIM15ofMv/340x.jpg Mike Pop

        Well….you’re a girl.

        • Yankeegirl49

          What does that have to do with anything? :)

    • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

      I went to a Mets game last year and wore a Subway Series 2000 t-shirt =D

    • A.D.

      It bothers me to, or the people who wear football jerseys to baseball games. If you’re wearing a team hat you always wear, then thats fine, otherwise they should stay on topic.

  • http://www.nowlive.com/desktop/default.aspx?id=100330797 Joey H

    As much as I try to like Melky, it’s hard. Why some times does he put together a representable at bat and others he looks absolutely over matched. His good at bats are when he’s taking strikes obviously but why is it feast or famine?

    • Dave

      I like this post even better the second time :)

      • http://www.nowlive.com/desktop/default.aspx?id=100330797 Joey H

        It was a mistake on my behalf. I replied to a comment accidentally so I’m reposting it as my own comment.

        • Dave

          Heh no need to explain, I thought it was funny cause I constantly screw up the posting here

    • Drew

      That’s just how he rolls. He puts a lot of pressure on himself IMO.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      He’s trying to please everyone.

  • Matt-Pitt

    Alright, Damon. Come through here and give Hughes some support early.

  • Tom Zig

    Fuck now we have a runner in scoring position.

  • Matt-Pitt

    Typical… Can’t wait till our offense actually starts hitting with RISP.

  • http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/00mwbIM15ofMv/340x.jpg Mike Pop

    Man, they need to get those runs in.

  • southernyankeefan

    And theres the first two left in scoring position tonight.

  • Ivan

    Sooner ar lata they gotta hit in RISP right?

    • Tom Zig

      It has gotten to the beyond ridiculous point now. Maybe we should just try to score from first every time.

  • Dave

    Sigh.

  • Dave

    Cue an Axl post

    • http://www.nowlive.com/desktop/default.aspx?id=100330797 Joey H

      You’re too good. Unless… you’re axl!!!11!!1!!

      • Celebrity Axl

        You got it wrong…it’s:

        “You’re nothing. Unless…you’re Axl!!!”

  • Mike HC

    Someone needs to teach a class on how to keep up with these game threads, respond to comments, and watch the game at the same time. I have never felt more busy, while essentially doing nothing, in my entire life.

    • http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/00mwbIM15ofMv/340x.jpg Mike Pop

      Been there. Seems like I miss huge plays every now and then. I try to get away but these game threads are like drugs. Just keep coming back for more.

  • Celebrity Axl

    Anybody know what the Yanks as a team are batting with RISP right now and where they rank in the league?

    • JobaWockeeZ

      Last time YES posted it we are 2nd to last I believe. Worst is Oakland. I don’t know if it is AL or all of the MLB.

      • Celebrity Axl

        You would think the Mets are up there for the MLB no? They were even worse than us for a while…but we may have climbed over them…I don’t see many Mets games..

    • http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/00mwbIM15ofMv/340x.jpg Mike Pop

      I don’t know but you’re first in the RAB league of name changes.

      Go to ESPN dot com if you want to find out. Or is that something else you won’t get worked up over because “you know it’s not going to last”?

      • Celebrity Axl

        You enjoy taunting me don’t you? Still rattling that cage? Only to run away and cry and wet your diapers when I actually get upset and start something for real that somebody will complain about?

        Now you go to ESPN.com and tell me what I want to hear. I’m counting…and get me a coffee while you’re at it..

        • http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/00mwbIM15ofMv/340x.jpg Mike Pop

          Please sign here

          http://ghetto.hjsoft.com/icons/not_funny_cert.jpg

          It’s not taunting. It’s being honest, you have the internet right infront of you. Do it yourself.

          • Celebrity Axl

            Coffee’s cold…gonna have to send you back to get a hotter cup there…let me know when you’re back again..

            • http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/00mwbIM15ofMv/340x.jpg Mike Pop

              Very creative Axl. Just what I expected of you.

              • http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/00mwbIM15ofMv/340x.jpg Mike Pop

                Also, I’m done with this now. I guess you could try and be the funny guy and say I am running for my diapers or that same stuff that you’ve been saying since you have came here on RAB. Awesome job. Seriously, you’re funny.

  • http://www.nowlive.com/desktop/default.aspx?id=100330797 Joey H

    It’s starting to get a tad frustrating. Or maybe they are waiting for Alex to get back so he can skyrocket the team to success and he can proclaim that he is the “straw that stirs the drink” and demand he plays shortstop… Okay forget that last part but it looks like a decent scenario.

    • Dave

      Id be thrilled if Alex coming back and the offense springing to life got the New York media off his back.

      • http://www.nowlive.com/desktop/default.aspx?id=100330797 Joey H

        Or as the “Cool kids say”: Hopp off my… Cue Mims “This is why I’m hot”

  • Lanny

    The lineup is dreadful. Cashman is going to have to get another bat who can play RF here and soon.

    • http://www.nowlive.com/desktop/default.aspx?id=100330797 Joey H

      How about we get a bat for center first…

    • Dave

      Whats wrong with Damon and Swisher and Nady (crosses fingers)?

  • Celebrity Axl

    As long as Hughes keeps pitching great…the Yankees are going to win this game…regardless of strange-weird-unexplainable RISP virus problem they can’t seem to shake…

    • http://www.nowlive.com/desktop/default.aspx?id=100330797 Joey H

      ZOMGGGGG!1!!!!! OPTIMISM from TEHH Axl!?11?!

      • Celebrity Axl

        lol. It comes and it goes. I want the team to succeed…but if our young studs succeed during the process? That’s a hell of a bonus…

        • http://www.nowlive.com/desktop/default.aspx?id=100330797 Joey H

          Well take this approach a little more often. You’re less obnoxious this way. And I mean that with a great complement.

          • Celebrity Axl

            I’m aware…unfortunately there are colleagues of yours who wish to taunt me and get me going…only to run away and complain about after they do so. It’s a shame…

    • Lanny

      A lot of pressure to put on the kid. “be perfect”

  • 65hughes

    that looks like the 2 seamer

  • Matt-Pitt

    Man… How was that not strike 3 as well?

  • southernyankeefan

    that looked like strike 3 to me

    • JobaWockeeZ

      That K took more than 3 pitches. Terrible bust.

  • kSturnz

    i want to see him try to freeze a righty with a front door cutter

  • A.D.

    This adam everett at bat won’t end.

  • http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/00mwbIM15ofMv/340x.jpg Mike Pop

    Love it.

  • http://www.nowlive.com/desktop/default.aspx?id=100330797 Joey H

    God damn… I’m liking this..

    • http://www.nowlive.com/desktop/default.aspx?id=100330797 Joey H

      That definitely looks like a Knuckle curve.

  • A.D.

    Beautiful curve.

  • Matt-Pitt

    Well, could always just do it yourself. Nice K, Hughes.

  • mustang

    Dear Mr. Joba and Mr Wang,
    That little light flashing in the corner of your eyes is your spot in the starting rotation disappearing.

    Yours truly
    Mr. Hughes.

    • Drew

      Not even close on Wang.

      • mustang

        Then i hope Mo is keeping Joba’s seat warm.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      I thought you hated Hughes? ;)

      • mustang

        I never hated Hughes I just though the way you guys hyped him up was a set-up for failure.
        No need for excuses today baby.

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

    Man. My night has kind of been ruined by non-sports related reasons.

    It’s so frustrating. Trying to have my first decent day in like a month, and still someone finds a way to make it suck.

    [/emo]

    • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt ACTY

      In the words of TSJC…

      Urge to kill rising…

      • Accent Shallow

        TSJC was a Simpsons writer?

        • http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/00mwbIM15ofMv/340x.jpg Mike Pop

          Probably not, but he’d tell you a story that would make you believe he was. Has all those stories.

        • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt ACTY

          I see him say it all the time. I was never big into the Simpsons so that reference might be lost on me.

  • Drew

    I’m looking forward to seeing his changeup.

  • Raf

    tight zone.

  • Jake H

    Ump is squeezing him.

    • http://www.nowlive.com/desktop/default.aspx?id=100330797 Joey H

      He’s young. That tends to happen.

  • A.D.

    Why is the pitch at the knees not a strike?

    • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt ACTY

      Because Phil Hughes pitches for the Yankees, hence he’s not allowed to get favorable strike calls.

  • Ivan

    Where are those pitches?

  • Matt-Pitt

    Hughes getting a bit squeezed tonight. Though, that ball could have been a bit low.

  • putt

    Is he getting squeezed just a bit? I guess Cousins has been the consistent at least…

  • 65hughes

    this ump licks

  • http://ryanhandt.blogspot.com/ handtius

    what is with this ump…2 pitches in that sequence were strikes, called balls.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      Can we get an ump that knows the difference between a ball and a strike? At least he’s consistent unlike the Lester-Joba game.

  • southernyankeefan

    he does not want to call that pitch a strike.

  • Dave

    Is Phil stretched for 100 pitches tonight?

    • Accent Shallow

      One would assume, he’s been throwing 100 pitches in AAA.

      • Drew

        Good for 110 according to his AAA pitching coach. 105 in his last outing.

  • Accent Shallow

    Dear Phil,

    Walks are bad, strikes are good. Lock the state.

  • http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/00mwbIM15ofMv/340x.jpg Mike Pop

    Heh, that fan behind the plate. You would think he is the only fan at the game. He’s all you hear.

    Granderson – 3rd best CF in the game?

    Beltran
    Sizemore
    Granderson?

    • Dave

      Gardner

    • Accent Shallow

      I dunno, he can’t hit lefties, although he’s improved in that regard in ’08 and actually has a higher OPS against them this year.

    • Celebrity Axl

      Bubba Crosby

    • Mike HC

      Torii Hunter should at least be in the conversation … Adam Jones is looking mighty good early on aswell.

      • Mike HC

        I also think Ichiro and Josh Hamilton get some action in center, but I’m not sure if they play there everyday.

  • A.D.

    Throw strikes!!!

    • Ivan

      it’s difficult when the ump has a K-Zone the size of an ant.

  • YankeeScribe

    Hughes is doing great. Lets hope the offense can get him a W

    • JobaWockeeZ

      The only way we’re scoring today is if someone is NOT in scoring position.

      • A.D.

        New plan, don’t have guys try and get into scoring position. Ball into the gap, stop at first, hope the next guy hits a double.

        • JobaWockeeZ

          Yeah just have everyone trying to get a solo HR and let Hughes do the rest.

  • Matt-Pitt

    Can Hughes get a call?

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

    This ump is killing me.

  • A.D.

    Good thing it was Placido Polanco hitting that pitch.

  • http://www.nowlive.com/desktop/default.aspx?id=100330797 Joey H

    How did he get out of that inning?

    • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

      Fly ball to Damon on a 3-1 count.

  • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

    I want to have Phil Hughes’ baby.

  • Dave

    Lets hope the up squeezes Jackson too

  • A.D.

    Brett Gardner has a 38 OPS+….scary

    • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

      That’s why Brett hasn’t been playing much lately.

      • Lanny

        that experiment lasted a whole 15 games

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

    I’m guessing Edwin Jackson is the trivia answer. Just makes sense.

    • http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/00mwbIM15ofMv/340x.jpg Mike Pop

      You’re correct sir.

  • http://www.nowlive.com/desktop/default.aspx?id=100330797 Joey H

    Thank god Hamels is turning it around . My FB pitching has been horrible.

    • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt ACTY

      It makes me sad when someone so dreamy pitches poorly.

      Wait what?

      • http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/00mwbIM15ofMv/340x.jpg Mike Pop

        Don’t try to hide it. Everyone knows.

        Now go look at those pictures of Adam Dunn and Nick Swisher on your wall. Ya know, the shirtless ones that have nothing to do with baseball.

      • http://www.nowlive.com/desktop/default.aspx?id=100330797 Joey H

        I don’t get it. Is it Friday yet?

  • Brazilian Yankee

    This stupid ump is making Phil throw pitches right down the middle to get a strike called.

    • http://www.nowlive.com/desktop/default.aspx?id=100330797 Joey H

      He’s YOUNG! That happens with young unestablished pitchers.

      • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt ACTY

        Which is stupid. Everyone should get the same strike-zone.

        • http://www.nowlive.com/desktop/default.aspx?id=100330797 Joey H

          Well I hate to tell you but thats not how it works all the time.

  • southernyankeefan

    it would be nice if tex would heat up.

  • Matt-Pitt

    How do you call that a strike?

  • Lanny

    Would be nice if Tex got a few hits. Not like the lineup needs him or anything.

    • Mike HC

      Lanny, Axl, and the other recurring character that just hate all game … I have a suggestion. For at least one inning during the game, just post positive things. Switch it up a little. Just pick any inning.

      • Celebrity Axl

        I’m sorry, I can’t speak for everybody but I only speak English…I don’t know what this means. Did you put on your keyboard and hit the button?

        • Mike HC

          I will say it slower for you … Try not to be so negative for just one inning. Is that possible for you?

          • Celebrity Axl

            Yes, I don’t think I’ve been all that negative tonight though. Are you joining the crusade to try and get me to get angry again or something? There’s been a few of you so far…

  • Celebrity Axl

    Put these “speedsters” in order…from best to worst.

    Willy Tavarez, Jacoby Ellsbury, Brett Gardner

    • Buddy

      ellsbury, tavarez, gardner

    • Lanny

      Cashman would cut off a finger to have someone like Ellsbury in the system. A guy with speed who can actually hit and get on base. How novel.

  • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

    Gosh, its such a pleasure to have Singleton as the lead announcer. Coney’s been good too.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      Anyone other than Fox/ESPN I’ll be happy. Their Yankee hate is so goddamn obvious.

    • Accent Shallow

      Agreed. So much more pleasant and knowledgeable than Michael Kay.

      • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

        No moments of Kay flying off the handle for some stupid reason, and then the awkward silence from the two ballplayers that follows . . like they’re thinking to themselves “OK, how do I say this nicely? Because what he just said is so wrong on so many levels I need to regroup myself”

      • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt ACTY

        I’ve said it 600 times: Singleton is an underrated announcer and underrated player.

    • Mike HC

      Singleton is the best in my opinion. Paul O’Neill is second, and Cone could use some work. I think he got his broadcasting degree from the same place Al Leiter did.

    • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

      Leiter’s gotten a lot better, but Ken is awesome. I miss when he was with Jim Kaat.

  • Accent Shallow

    You know why Hughes ditched the goggles?

    Because THE GOGGLES DO NOTHING!

    • Lanny

      could be worse. he could wear sunglasses like an asian in the system

      • http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/00mwbIM15ofMv/340x.jpg Mike Pop

        I lol’d.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      Golf clap.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      We got a guy on first. I have a feeling we’re gonna score.

      • JobaWockeeZ

        Sorry. That wasn’t supposed to be a reply -.-

  • Accent Shallow

    Not sure how I feel about this at bat for Cano. He’s seen 10 pitches, but if he lays off some of those fouls, he’d have walked already.

    • http://www.retire21.org Mike R. – Retire 21

      How do you feel now?

  • Drew

    HAHAHAHA

  • Matt-Pitt

    Beautiful at bat by Cano

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

    That should be an E but hey, if it keeps the hit streak intact who am I to complain?

  • http://eemack.blogspot.com Eric

    Cano singlehandedly trying to wear out Jackson

  • Raf

    ill give Everett a 5 for that landing.

  • Drew

    He looked like a wounded animal.

  • Ivan

    If ya Cano that’s a sign of you having a huge year

  • Bob Stone

    That’s an error – every day – not a hit!!

  • Bryan

    Nice at bat Cano

  • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

    You know, the Yanks just haven’t developed any homegrown talent like the Red Sox have.

    • Drew

      heh..

      • http://ryanhandt.blogspot.com/ handtius

        i think it was a joke.

        • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

          You think?

      • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

        You’ve been listening to Francesa?

        • Drew

          I was agreeing and laughing.

        • Lanny

          Say what you want but he’s 100% right.

          Cano is one in 12 years. One position player. That’s disgraceful.

  • Bob Stone

    Great at bat Cano

  • Ivan

    Lets go Swisher.

  • Bob Stone

    Another great at bat

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

    Cano & Swish just coaxed like, 16 pitches out of Edwin with two outs. Noice.

  • Bob Stone

    Let’s go Melky

  • Matt-Pitt

    Alright, Melky. We really need capitalize on this situation. Another basehit here. Can’t make him do all this work and not take advantage of it.

  • Lanny

    all the empty seats there are an embarrassment. if they cant draw for the yankees they are in big trouble this year. they could be unloading magglio, cabrera, polanco, etc.

  • Evan

    Do I hear another stranded base runner?

    • Evan

      Yup.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      Seriously the Yankees need to look up the definition of clutch. Only Jeter knows WTF that is.

  • Matt-Pitt

    Hughes hasn’t been getting that call that Edwin just got.

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

    I can’t believe it’s only 49 F in Detroit…it’s so hot here!

  • Raf

    RISP woes continue.

  • Bob Stone

    That was pathetic!!!!

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

    The screaming behind the plate told Melky to swing, and he did.

  • http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/00mwbIM15ofMv/340x.jpg Mike Pop

    Yep.

  • Celebrity Axl

    Do you think Robinson Cano can be better than Pedroia? I do.

  • Ivan

    Not surprise.

  • Matt-Pitt

    Man, this team is frustrating…