Game 50: Hughes looks for a repeat

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Game 50 Spillover Thread

As mentioned in a post earlier this week, Phil Hughes has had an up and down season. He pitched well in his debut against Detroit, but had four bad or just decent outings before dominating Texas last Monday. A solid start from him today would mean a lot, since it would likely buy him some more time at the major league level.

Hughes’s time at the major league level could also be impacted by the performance of Chien-Ming Wang. Last time we saw the Wanger was in his perfect two innings last Wednesday. The Yankees should not hesitate to use him in relief of Hughes today. He needs the work, and it’s not like the rest of the bullpen is lighting the world on fire. Phil Coke also hasn’t pitched Tuesday, so just as Veras threw one inning before Wang pitched two on Wednesday, so we could see both Coke and Wang in relief.

(Which brings me to a question: Why did Veras pitch over Coke last night? Coke was warming in the bottom of the eighth. Why not let him pitch? He hadn’t tossed since Tuesday, and Veras got work Wednesday.)

Jay at Fack Youk asks a relevant question to kick off his game post: Who is Carl Pavano? Coincidentally, this was the title of my first ever post at RAB. The Yanks will face Pavano for the second time this season. They didn’t hit him too hard the first time, as they managed just four hits and one run through six innings. Thankfully the Rafaels blew that one, as Perez allowed two runs without recording an out and Betancourt allowed three runs in his 1.1 innings. Given Carl’s perpetual absence during his four-year Yankees tenure, I’d really like to see the Yankees sock it to him. Just once.

Game time’s at the odd hour of 12:40 p.m. today.

Lineup:

1. Derek Jeter, SS
2. Johnny Damon, LF
3. Mark Teixeira, 1B
4. Alex Rodriguez, 3B
5. Robinson Cano, 2B
6. Hideki Matsui, DH
7. Nick Swisher, RF
8. Brett Gardner, CF
9. Francisco Cervelli, C

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

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Game 50 Spillover Thread
  • 27 this year

    get this one and we have another series win. We just need some runs about three or four hopefully should be enough. The Cleveland lineup is missing Sizemore and Martinez so it shouldn’t be too good.

  • Emmet

    Girardi pitched Veras because the comfortable lead presented an opportunity to get Veras some work without costing the team a win. If Veras is not going to be a total loss, he has to pitch his way out of his troubles. So when the opportunity arises, he pitches. Poorly.

  • Conan the Barack O’Brian

    Wasn’t it like 6 or 7 months ago that Hughes and Pavano pitched 4-5 innings each for Charleston in a game?

  • Accent Shallow

    With the Indians missing the two guys who are by far their best hitters, Hughes can hopefully get deep into this game.

  • rene

    when is melky coming back?????

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Benjamin Kabak

      Sounds like either tomorrow or Tuesday. He dislocated his shoulder. It would probably be a good idea to give him more than three days to rest it.

  • steve (different one)

    Which brings me to a question: Why did Veras pitch over Coke last night? Coke was warming in the bottom of the eighth. Why not let him pitch? He hadn’t tossed since Tuesday, and Veras got work Wednesday.)

    do you honestly believe that using Coke with a 7 run lead would not have brought MORE criticism than using Veras?

    i’m actually surprised to read this. i seriously can’t think of any compelling reason not to use Veras in that spot.

    • GG

      I’m with you, I rather have Coke throw an inning today

    • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

      Exactly, and then when Coke has to come in to pitch today and possibly struggles, Girardi will be blamed for using him last night.

  • steve (different one)

    also, do we know for sure that Pettitte is 100%? doesn’t it make sense to hold CMW in case he needs to take Andy’s start?

  • LiveFromNewYork

    I understand sitting Jorgie but wouldn’t you want to match young pitchers with experienced catchers? I don’t get putting the inexperienced catchers with the inexperienced pitchers. What am I missing?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Benjamin Kabak

      I think you’re overstating the pitcher/catcher match-up here. Cervelli’s a far better defensive catcher than Posada is now anyway, and it’s a day game after a night game. No reason to push Posada too hard in his third game back from a hamstring injury.

      • Some call me…tim

        And the pitchers all appreciate and respect Frankie…

      • LiveFromNewYork

        It was a question. That’s an answer. thanks.

      • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

        Plus, day game after night game most starting catchers dont play.

  • KPR

    It makes too much sense to have Shelley Duncan on the bench today, after another 2 HR night (18 total)instead of Angel Berroa.

    Gardner – CF, Pinch Running
    Shelley – RF, LF, 1B
    Cervelli – C
    Pena – 3B, SS, 2B.

    Or am I dumb?

    • Accent Shallow

      Berroa is going to be up here as long as A-Rod needs a caddy, or until Nady comes back.

    • steve (different one)

      you’re not dumb, but this has been covered in the previous thread.

      there are 40 man implications to adding Shelley that may or may not be worth it.

      it’s not such an obvious move. if this were last year, i would agree, since Shelley would be on the 40 man and you could shuttle him back and forth.

  • Dan12

    sizemore hits the dl…….

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Oh figures why Pavano is actually trying to pitch. It’s an incentive laden deal.

    • rene

      that makes sense

  • yankees=warriors

    What’s that goatie thingy Pavano’s sporting?
    Sooo ugly!

  • Accent Shallow

    Perfect start against Pavano.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Jeter is amazing.

  • rene

    does anyone know when marte is coming off the pavano i mean the DL???

    • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

      Marte just started a throwing program this week, so figure he is in the first week of spring training. At least a month away, maybe more if there’s a setback.

  • yankees=warriors

    Damon, what were you thinking?

  • 27 this year

    Damon is cooling off a little lately.

  • Accent Shallow

    So close.

  • 27 this year

    0-3 w/RISP so far today

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=15305165&ref=profile Doug

    BREAKING NEWS: The Cardinals have called up a guy named Antonio Bastardo to replace Brett Myers in their rotation.

    ANTONIO BASTARDO.

    Best name is baseball? I say yes.

    • Matt-Pitt

      You mean… The Phillies?

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=15305165&ref=profile Doug

        Yes. I am become FAIL, failure of worlds.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      IETC. I agree that is the best name in baseball that isn’t a nickname.

      • Conan the Barack O’Brian

        I like Al Albuquerque, thanks to DOTF. There is little more ridiculous than that.

    • whozat

      Phillies?

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

      BTW El Bastardo is spanish for the bastardo.

      • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

        Por supuesto que era un bastardo, su madre era de un vagabundo.

  • Matt-Pitt

    What seemed like a great start to the inning ended up being awful. I hate when they don’t bring in a leadoff double to score.

    C’mon Hughes, feed off that outing in Texas today.

    • Accent Shallow

      It really isn’t much of a lineup he’s facing, so he doesn’t even need his A game — just don’t get smacked around.

      Swinging strike on the first pitch is a good start.

    • whozat

      ARod at least hit the ball well.

      • Matt-Pitt

        Yea, just missed it. Damon’s at bat was the one that ending up hurting. I’m not worried about the offense today, just something that annoys me personally, as I’m sure it does most people on here.

        • whozat

          Tex’s kinda sucked too.

          • Matt-Pitt

            Yea, but Damon at least should have moved Jeter over if anything (not by bunting, I hate the bunt). Would have at least scored on Tex’s groundout.

  • Accent Shallow

    Phil,

    Strikeout was nice, but please do so in less than 8 pitches next time.

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

    Hughes is fastball, fastball, fastball, fastball. Love seeing him be aggressive like this.

    • Accent Shallow

      Especially when he’s 93-94. Wooo.

    • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

      Love it. He’s such a different pitcher than he was last year. Last year he was unsure, nibbling. Now he KNOWS he can compete at this level.

  • http://goldenrule.mlblogs.com/ Bryan V

    Hughes is looking real strong to start off this game.

  • KPR

    PHILTHY

  • whozat

    He doesn’t seem to throw his fastball down in the zone at all. interesting.

    • Accent Shallow

      Yeah, I’m not crazy about that. Of course, if he’s going to keep getting swinging strikes, can’t complain too much.

      • whozat

        True. And it looks like the cutter is breaking downwards, so maybe that’s the pitch that he’ll use to throw down in the zone.

    • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

      His swing and miss pitch is the Curve. You throw fastballs up in the zone to set up the curve coming in high and falling off the table. By working up in the zone, it also allows him to throw the curve for strikes, which makes him really tough. Hitters are forced to swing the bat, and that’s half the battle.

      If he misses and gives up a HR or two, so be it.

  • Accent Shallow

    Hughes is throwing the curve a lot harder than the previous two years; he was in the low 70s with it, this year he’s mid to high 70s.

    I think I like it, although that slow, looping curve just broke so much it was ridiculous.

    • whozat

      It was, but I think it was so easy to recognize and lay off of that it wasn’t effective up here in the bigs

  • Matt-Pitt

    Not something you wanna do when you have them down 0-2… C’mon Hughes.

  • SouthernYankeeFan

    ouch

  • e mills

    Hughes needs to work on finishing off hitters after 0-2 and 1-2 counts

    • Accent Shallow

      Like how he finished of Cabrera and Francisco?

      (I see what you mean, he needs to do so more quickly)

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    You know, people are making a big deal of this 16-game streak sans an error, but I think the huge defensive statistic that people should be paying attention to is the Yankees’ being 5th in the AL (12th in MLB) in Team Defensive Efficiency with a .697%. I expected the defense to be better, but in the 18-20 range; this is surprisingly awesome.

    • Accent Shallow

      Yeah, you figured the defense would jump, since everyone is average-to-above average, with the exceptions of Jeter and Posada.

      Been a nice surprise.

    • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

      Funny how teams with good pitching staffs usually have good DERs. It’s a bit of a ‘chicken and egg’ question.

      Do good pitchers force opposing hitters to make less quality contact, therefore giving their fielders more time to make a play? Yes, but there’s also no doubt that good fielders will make so-so pitching look better.

  • http://goldenrule.mlblogs.com/ Bryan V

    Phil needs to pitch to contact every once in a while. He’s thrown way too many pitches this inning, for only have one guy on base.

    • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

      I love how people say this like a pitcher isn’t pitching to another human being in the batter’s box. It’s not entirely up to him, you know. Never mind the fact that Doc Halladay is probably the only guy in the Major Leagues who can do that on a consistent basis.

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    Strikeouts and ground-outs, gotta love it.

  • Accent Shallow

    Nice infield D there. Wow.

    Watching Hughes pitch makes my palms sweat.

  • whozat

    He’s so inefficient. If he wasn’t a STAWTING PITCHAHHH I’d say he should be in the pen.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=15305165&ref=profile Doug

      A starting pitcher like… ANDY PETTITTE??

  • Matt-Pitt

    Ok, Hughes.

    23 pitches in the first is a bit much but you gotta like the aggressive approach he brought with him to the mound today.

  • LiveFromNewYork

    This White Castle pulled pork commercial is so weird I don’t think I would ever eat one of these.

  • http://goldenrule.mlblogs.com/ Bryan V

    20-something pitches, with only one runner getting on base, is not very efficient. That’s my point.

  • Jacob

    Did Jeter just field a ground ball that went to his left?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=15305165&ref=profile Doug

      Dogs and cats living together!

  • daneptizl

    What the hell are those last two comments on the original Joe P. post?

    • Accent Shallow

      It’s a well-known tactic of those using cryptography; putting their keys (to codes) on obscure sites of the Internet, such as RAB two years ago.

      Unfortunately, RAB is now the official YES Network blog, so they’ve made to move on, but those keys have passed out of use.

      • daneptizl

        The comments are dated as Nov 08 and Jan 09…?

        • Accent Shallow

          Exactly, man. Shady operatives putting keys to codes where only their compatriots can find it.

          (More likely, some sort of spamming.)

          • daneptizl

            I guess spamming is weirder than I thought…

  • Accent Shallow

    ROE works, although I’d like to see you take a walk, Robbie.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=15305165&ref=profile Doug

      I think “not swinging at bad pitches” may be the extent of the Robbie’s plate discipline for now.

    • whozat

      Pavano’s got pretty good control today…

      • Accent Shallow

        Yeah. I didn’t mean “that particular at bat”, I’m just hoping for some point during this series.

  • Matt-Pitt

    Blue is calling that far outside pitch.

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

    Cano still can’t run

    • Accent Shallow

      Which is weird, since he’s got good range. You’d think he’d be able to steal a base now and then.

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

    Why?

  • whozat

    That was stupid.

  • KPR

    I dont know if I would called for a steal there…

  • Matt-Pitt

    Cano doesn’t usually straight steal… Missed sign maybe?

  • http://goldenrule.mlblogs.com/ Bryan V

    I guess swinging the bat is out of the question for Matsui.

  • Accent Shallow

    So why was Cano going?

  • yankees=warriors

    Not worth it, Cano…

  • e mills

    don’t know if stealing was absolutely necessary right there, but hindsight is, well you know how that goes

  • LiveFromNewYork

    I hate caught stealings.

  • http://goldenrule.mlblogs.com/ Bryan V

    Great AB Hideki! Thanks for playing.

  • SS

    Why does Pavano look like the bad guy from Transporter 3?

  • http://goldenrule.mlblogs.com/ Bryan V

    Now to do something once we get the lead runners on base.

  • donttradecano

    how about that BC-Texas game last night.

    • http://goldenrule.mlblogs.com/ Bryan V

      I read that the closer ended up throwing 169 pitches. That’s just insane, especially with him probably being taken high in the draft. I mean…thanks coach!

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

        120 pitches for strikes. BC’s closer threw 9.2 IP and 129 pitches.

        • http://goldenrule.mlblogs.com/ Bryan V

          Oh, I thought I read more. But didn’t bother to check that out. Thanks, Mike.

        • donttradecano

          that kids one of my best friends and lives down the block from me.

      • V

        That’s insane!

      • Some call me…tim

        And like 12 2/3 was no hit!!!

      • Accent Shallow

        The closer threw 13 innings of relief. Can you imagine Mo doing that?

        For some perspective, the most innings anyone’s thrown in one game in the majors since the strike is 10.

  • pc69

    When Nady comes back, what is the likelihood, Matsui sees less AB’s? DH could be filled by Posada, ARod, Swisher, Nady, even Jeter, Cano, Cabrera during those off days.

    • http://goldenrule.mlblogs.com/ Bryan V

      I’d rather Nady wait until he can play RF, but too much of something is never THAT bad a thing.

    • whozat

      Likely, I think. Especially against lefties.

    • Accent Shallow

      I would imagine so. He just looks awful running the bases. However, maybe that’s just from the surgery, and liberal time off won’t improve his running.

      Still, hard to imagine that they wouldn’t give him time.

  • KPR

    Philthyyyyy!

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    I feel like an asshole, but it always makes me chuckle looking at Georgie’s ears.

    • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

      Jamal, you’re a better person than I am.

      I chuckle at Dumbo and feel no guilt whatsoever.

  • Alex S

    last pitch to garko was 97???

    • V

      93, heh.

    • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

      That YES gun is all over the place.

  • V

    NICE AB by Hughes.

  • Jacob

    Hughes is spotting his fastball as well as I’ve ever seen him right now. Does it not look like it has so much more movement on it than last year?

    • V

      He’s always been known for having late movement on his 4-seamer, but he did add a cutter that comes in 4-5 mph slower than his 4-seamer, and it adds an element to his arsenal.

      • Chelo

        We are Finally seeing the Phil Hughes we were promised. I am loving it. The Phranchise is back.

  • For lack of a more creative name… Alex

    Beautiful pitch

  • Matt-Pitt

    Much better inning. There you go, Hughes.

  • Arman Tamzarian

    Wow!

  • Ivan

    Hughes stuff really looks good so far.

  • e mills

    How do you guys feel about James leaving last night without talking to the media?

    • John

      kinda comes off as a sore loser but I understand and he was just frustrated because he has to play there in Cleveland one more year until NY

      • e mills

        I think he feels his teammates really let him down

  • Matt-Pitt

    Be happy you guys aren’t listening to the TBS feed… More Joba to the pen talk from Ecks.

    • e mills

      I’m listening to it :(

  • Jamie

    Is Hughes throwing both his Slider and Curve now?

    • Ivan

      His Slider is really a cutter.

    • whozat

      Gameday classified that last pitch as a curve, but it called another pitch a slider, so I dunno. I think that there’s sort of a continuum from curve to slider.

    • Nick L

      no just the curve, i think its just a really tight curve, kinda like Burnett

    • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

      No, every pitch that’s classified as a “Slider” is really a cut-fastball.

  • John

    Cmon Offense! Beat this bitchass Pavano up!

  • pc69

    College Baseball Regionals are going on. You guys should check out Mike Leake from Arizona State. Has some decent potential. Not quite like Strasburg but definitely has potential.

    • pc69

      here is a link. Only negative, to some extent, for readers of this blog is the reference to Ian Kennedy. I know there are mixed feelings/perception of Kennedy’s potential.

      http://baseballbeginnings.com/.....ke-report/

  • Ivan

    Has to be the Cavs, especially if LeBron stays.

  • Accent Shallow

    True or false: Gardner should be fined every time he hits a fly ball.

    • http://goldenrule.mlblogs.com/ Bryan V

      worked for Willie, should work for Brett.

    • Matt-Pitt

      Hah, brings back memories. Everytime I would hit a fly ball for an out, my coach made me do 20 in the dugout when I returned and take 20 hacks shooting down at the ball.

  • whozat

    Really making it easy on Carl today.

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    Heh, the Red Sox trotted out a lineup today that does not feature a hitter with a league-average OBP (.337) past the cleanup hitter, Jason Bay, except for the immortal Nick Green:

    Pedroia – .419
    Drew – .364
    Youkilis – .474
    Bay – .406
    Lowell – .330
    Ortiz – LoL (.286)
    Varitek – .318
    Ellsbury – .332
    Nick Green – .358

    • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

      Jamal, we all know that’s the best team in Baseball. Their starters are 3rd from the bottom in ERA, their lineup is 5th in Runs Scored (Yanks are #2).

  • Accent Shallow

    Now I see why the Yankees were reluctant to give up on Pavano — as long as he was “pitching” for them, he wouldn’t be shutting down their offense.

  • Matt-Pitt

    Nice play, Robby.

  • e mills

    Pedroia would’ve been diving for that and ended up a top 3 web gem

  • pc69

    This second baseman the Yankees signed in the offseason ahs turned out to be pretty good.

    Welcome back Robbie.

  • Accent Shallow

    That’s it, Phil.

    No need to waste more than 3 pitches on the immortal Luis Valbuena.

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

    Nice play by Robbie.

  • http://goldenrule.mlblogs.com/ Bryan V

    Good hitting. Can’t fault Phil on that.

    • Accent Shallow

      That was a rocket. Yikes.

  • Matt-Pitt

    That was really good hitting from Crowe. Didn’t even look like a strike, don’t know how he even turned on something like that.

  • Jake

    ugh that hurts

  • Matt-Pitt

    The triangle blooper… C’mon Hughes. DP ball would be nice.

  • handtius

    what a bullshite hit here.

  • Accent Shallow

    YES gun had the foul at 97. Gameday has a more believable 93.

  • Accent Shallow

    Ok, full count. Just don’t walk him or give him a cookie.

    • handtius

      so, basically you want one outcome.

  • handtius

    muther bitches.

  • Matt-Pitt

    C’mon Hughes…

  • V

    Ugh, if that curveball had been a strike, it could have been a strike em out throw em out.

  • yankees=warriors

    Uh-oh, come on, Hughes!

  • http://goldenrule.mlblogs.com/ Bryan V

    Why is Phil pitching like a f’n pansy? Throw strikes. Stop being afraid of them making contact.

  • yankeefan91 Arod fan

    Come on Hughes double play.

  • SouthernYankeeFan

    come on phil simma down naw

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

    Damn, I really though Phil Hughes would never give up another run.

  • yankeefan91 Arod fan

    dammit.

  • V

    What I wouldn’t give for outfielders with arms.

    • handtius

      cyborg arms.

  • Stryker

    ugh.

  • SouthernYankeeFan

    damn that sucks

  • handtius

    fu…..ck

  • Matt-Pitt

    Damnit… Gotta limit it to only two runs here, Hughes.

  • Jake

    2 runs aint no thing just settle down

    • Axl

      Yeah but look at this Indians line up. They are in last place in their division WITH Sizemore, Martinez, and Hafner. They don’t have any of those 3 today and he’s given up more than 3 hits, walked a batter, and hit a batter in 2 1/3 innings thus far. The Phil Hughes see-saw continues…

      • V

        He’s not throwing a perfect game! BUST!

        • Axl

          Why does it have to be one extreme or the other? My point was that he should be pitching a little bit better against a bunch of scrubs… Not 3 runs, 2 hit batsmen, 3 hits, and a walk in 2 1/3 innings…

          Irrationality at it’s best with you though. Either he pitches poorly or has to pitch a perfect game I guess…glad I’m not you.

          • handtius

            Sorry, but you’re the one bitching about him “see-sawing” He is among the youngest player in the game. He’s not going to be amazing every time out. if he goes 6 giving up 3, that is not bad.

            • Axl

              But he hasn’t yet. What he HAS done is given up 3 runs in 4 innings, on 3 hits, a walk and 2 hit batsmen. Against a team missing 3 of their biggest hitters.

              I understand he’s young…but that doesn’t make what I just wrote a good outing. No matter how much you’d like to sugar coat it.

              • Accent Shallow

                But he’s still pitching. If he were yanked here, then it’d be an unsuccessful outing. However, he’s still pitching, so we have to see what he does the rest of the game.

      • Accent Shallow

        So he gave up a rally. It happens. Have to judge by how he does the rest of the game. If he can go 3 shutout innings after this, it’s ok. If he gives up 3 more in the 4th and gets knocked out, not ok.

  • Ivan

    It’s iight, just get out of the inning and regroup.

  • Axl

    What’s the “on-field delay” Gameday is talking about?

    • http://goldenrule.mlblogs.com/ Bryan V

      repairing the mound.

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

      Fixing the mound

    • Jake

      something wrong with the mound

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

      Working on the mound.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    As said it’s only 2 runs. 2 runs for us is nothing. Hopefully we start hitting Pavano hard.

  • http://goldenrule.mlblogs.com/ Bryan V

    I’m not worried at all. But Phil can pitch better. I think we score in the top of the 4th.

  • yankees=warriors

    Hope that helps.

  • V

    Hey, uh, Hughes? You should do that BEFORE you throw the meatball.

    Thanks.

  • SouthernYankeeFan

    shit phil stop hitting people.

    • handtius

      that’s what my momma told me. didn’t help.

  • handtius

    ouch…he send a message there…not really.

  • V

    Crap.

    Another wasted 0-2 count.

  • yankees=warriors

    Man, things getting worse and worse…

  • Accent Shallow

    Suboptimal.

  • Brazilian Yankee

    2 runs is nothing when we are facing Pavano. I bet we’ll score at least 4 next inning.

  • Matt-Pitt

    You HAVE to be kidding… 0-2 count and you hit him to load the bases? Come on Hughes!

    • handtius

      seriously…your not perfect phil! what the fuck. you should be striking out 27 people on 81 pitches!

    • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

      Part of Phil’s game is standing hitters up, he can’t let them get too comfortable up there. If he hits a guy or two, so be it.

  • Jake H

    I’m tired of these hitters with pads on their elbows who hardly even try to get out of the way.

    • V

      And he leans over the plate, also.

      If I were a pitcher, I’d be drilling that elbow every time I faced him, heh.

  • Buddy

    Hughes seems like he hits a lot of guys.

    • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

      That’s OK, he wants to get in their kitchen. You might recall Girardi had him throw up and in a lot in Spring Training.

      • handtius

        is always in my kitchen, stealing my cookies!

  • Axl

    Phil Hughes doesn’t care about a WHIP…

    Hopefully he’s the 2009 version of Dice K by the end of the year…

    • V

      Hopefully you can find another blog to bitch like an idiot on.

      • Axl

        HAhaha. I love it when you cry babies cry…it’s pretty hilarious how any little thing that isn’t sugar coated gets everybody so riled up in here.

        • handtius

          -1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000
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        • V

          You really don’t understand the difference between complaining and bitching like a baby?

          You = bitch like a baby.

          • Axl

            What am I bitching about here? I made a joke that he doesn’t care about his WHIP saying that if it continues hopefully he’s this years Dice K.

            I’m confused. How is that “bitching like a baby”?? LOL

            You commenting on every single one of my posts…whining and crying about each one even when they’re not negative is pretty comical though.

      • handtius

        +1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000

        • Axl

          Yeah yeah we get it…you love wearing rose colored glasses too with everything sugar coated. We get it…

          • handtius

            No, sorry, wrong answer. We would have excepted: enjoy making fun of Axl or would really like this blog without Axl spewing overly exaggerated crap everywhere he goes.

            • Axl

              Making fun of Axl for what? And usually when you make fun of somebody…you have to make sense. Saying that I “bitch like a baby” when, specifically in this post you commented on, I didn’t. Doesn’t make any sense what-so-ever.

              Do you guys just mash your face on the keyboard and click the “add comment” button or something?? Nobody is making any sense here…

          • V

            Are you as stupid as you read?

            • Axl

              HAha make sure you comment on every single one of my posts! And then make sure to complain about it immediately! You’re getting a lot accomplished! LOL

    • Accent Shallow

      Asian, overpaid, and overrated?

      • AsianShuutoHeat

        LOL!

    • BigBlueAL

      Not too many Yankee starters care about their WHIP.

      • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

        Unless you’re Mike Francesa and trying to explain why Joba’s ERA doesn’t matter, but his WHIP does.

  • V

    Swisher can’t hit the bench fast enough. Wow, that was stupid.

  • Nick L

    swisher is not good

  • Jake

    Swish that was not a smart throw

  • yankees=warriors

    Swisher’s arm seems just as weak as…Damon?

    • yankees=warriors

      “Damon’s”

  • pc69

    Does Nady make that throw?

    • Accent Shallow

      Nady doesn’t exactly have a cannon, either.

    • Brazilian Yankee

      Not without the ligaments he’s missing on his elbow.

    • yankeefan91 Arod fan

      Not with his bad shoulder.

  • Charlie

    Phil has really been a bit all over the place the whole game, even in his first 2 innings. He doesn’t really know how to control the damage. Once things start going wrong, he starts getting hammered.

    • John

      never happened in texas

    • Accent Shallow

      The only ball I’d classify as “hammered” there was the double Crowe hit.

  • Axl

    Everybody tagged up on that sac fly???

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

      They moved up on the throw home.

  • Buddy

    I don’t understand how so many outfielders do that. Every little leaguer knows to hit the cut off man… Its not just Swisher. Melky does it all the time too.

    • Jake

      difference is Melk has a gun though

      • Buddy

        Doesn’t matter. Ichiro or Vlad don’t even get the runner there.

        • Jake

          Yea….but you were talking about in general….

  • Matt-Pitt

    I’ll take the 3 runs if Hughes can give us 3 more innings after this of shutdown ball.

    • Brazilian Yankee

      I think he can do it, this indians lineup is beyond terrible.

  • e mills

    bah humbug

  • yankeefan91 Arod fan

    About time.

  • Stryker

    so who said swisher was better than nady in right?

    also — anybody else annoyed like hell by this drummer in the stands?

    • http://goldenrule.mlblogs.com/ Bryan V

      And who said Nady was better?

  • Alex S

    pheww

  • yankees=warriors

    I can take this.
    Now we score!!!

  • Ivan

    oh well, he fought back.

  • pc69

    interesting, outfield is filled with mediocre arms until Cabrera gets back.

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    Wasn’t it our very own CMW?

  • John

    cmon O!

  • yankees=warriors

    Japanese coaches abuse young pitchers even more.

    • John

      perverts

      • yankees=warriors

        LOL, might have been cases like that, but I was talking about their arms.

        • John

          I know ;)

  • Charlie

    how the fuck are we letting carl pavano own us like this??????????????/??

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    Andy Pettitte got six wins in August 2007.

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

    I love how Kay and Flaherty are only talking about Texas and Austin Wood. Boston College’s closer threw 9.2 innings and 129 pitches in that same game.

    Southern state bias!!!

  • Brazilian Yankee

    Day game, offense still sleeping.

  • yankeefan91 Arod fan

    i think that gone at yankee stadium.

  • E-ROC

    Holy crap! That ball was smashed.

  • e mills

    nice job Cano

  • boobie

    alot of great ab’s today

    • yankees=warriors

      Yup…

  • Ivan

    Cano u could take a pitch. Im just saying.

    • Brazilian Yankee

      According to gameday, that pitch was a 90mph Fastball right down the middle. A pretty good pitch to hit, probably the best one he would get in the whole AB.

  • Axl

    Best offensive team in the league has 1 hit in 4 innings against Carl Pavano???

    Meanwhile, a team dwelling in the sewer with literally ALL of their big hitters on the DL score 3 runs against the prodigy Phil Hughes…

    Isn’t this backwards??

    • Charlie

      that’s baseball for ya

    • handtius

      Games aren’t played on spread sheets. that is why we watch. if we knew the outcome it wouldn’t be so fun.

    • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

      No, its the 4th inning.

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

    We’re on the brink of breaking out I think

    • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

      Breaking out?

      Didn’t we just score 10 runs last night?

      • handtius

        i think he meant today.

    • Charlie

      i think he means in this game, but we got the bottom of the order comin up and there haven’t been that many hard hit balls

      • John

        at least im hoping

  • gxpanos

    Hahaha did Kay just make a joke about Flash being old? Because the awkward silence was DEAFENING after it fell flat.

  • AsianShuutoHeat

    I think Hughes is trying to hit everyone when they get 0-2 count on him…..

    • handtius

      not a bad thing in my opinion.

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

    Nice rebound inning by Hughes.

  • gxpanos

    Man, the harder curve is so much more effective than the slow one. It’s funny, because the looper always looked so filthy.

    • Zack

      For Hughes or for pitching in general?

      • gxpanos

        For Phranchise, sorry.

  • Ivan

    Good inning there by Hughes.

  • yankeefan91 Arod fan

    Good quick inning by hughes.

  • Accent Shallow

    Nice pickup inning. Now can they please smack Pavano around?

    • Charlie

      i would really hope so. His face alone(not to mention his criminal history) makes me hate him

  • Tank the Frank

    I don’t care if we end up sweeping this series… if we don’t score some runs off Pavano I will be really disappointed.

  • V

    :headsmack: I hate Michael Kay and John Flaherty. I’d rather listen to Miller and Morgan.

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    Heh, last night the gun for YES was four miles too slow, and today it’s four miles too fast. Keep trying, guys, you’ll get it down eventually.

    • gxpanos

      I can’t believe how ridiculous the gun is. They should just not tell us the speed at this point.

  • Charlie

    We need the X Man

  • Jake

    alright here we go

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

    Swish swinging on the first pitch. Don’t see that often.

  • handtius

    You know it’s sad, this is why we signed Idle.

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

    Swisher’s OPSing over .830 on the road trip with more BB than K.

  • Dave

    I know the game is far from over, but does Carl Pavano count towards the “Yankees ineffective vs. garbage pitcher” count if this continues?

  • V

    GOAGUJas
    ‘apesgiuhgsdj;ilgdsj’sad/lggdsmiljsm

    • V

      That was my response to that horrible hack Gardner just took.

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

    Gritty, gutty.

  • Accent Shallow

    Oy vey.

  • SouthernYankeeFan

    FUCK this is so GD frustrating.

  • E-ROC

    There is nothing more frustrating to watch than Pavano pitch good against the Yanks. Ugh.

  • handtius

    oh damn…that’s a base hit if they weren’t pinching in around 2nd.

  • Charlie

    Fuuuccckkk grit, why?????? We’re making Carl Pavano and his bruised ass look like an ace… this is nauseating