Jun
26

Hughes handles Tribe as Yanks win 4th straight

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The 6-4 score makes the game seem a whole lot closer than it actually was. The Yankees cruised to their second straight win over the Indians and fourth straight win overall on Tuesday, continuing what is now a month-long stretch of excellent play.

Stew. (REUTERS/Adam Hunger)

RISP BABIP Correction: Activate

I made a point to mention the team’s BABIP with men in scoring position on Tuesday morning, telling you to just enjoy the homers for the time being because at some point the hits will start dropping in with runners on second and/or third. All those hits seemed to fall in in the second inning against Justin Masterson in this game. First Jack Hannahan came up empty diving after a soft line drive from Chris Stewart, knocking the ball into foul territory and allowing Nick Swisher to trot home with two outs. Then birthday boy Derek Jeter grounded a ball off Masterson that ricocheted into the infield version of no man’s land. That loaded the bases for Curtis Granderson, who stroked a two-strike, two-out, two-run single the other way.

BABIP correction is a wonderful thing. Balls bounce off gloves, grounders deflect away from infielders, all sorts of neat stuff happens. That said, Granderson’s single was the key to that inning. It was his 11th hit to left field this year, already three more than all of last season. I first noticed the opposite field trend when the Yankees were out in Oakland, though we’re still a long way away from knowing if this is just a fluke or a conscious effort on Grandy’s part to shorten up and go the other way. Either way, hooray for getting the runs in with two outs. Those two-strike hits are killers.

Two runs or less in seven of his last nine starts. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Two Curves

After getting tagged for four homers in less than five innings against the Braves last week, Phil Hughes rebounded in a big way against the Indians. He struck out four across eight scoreless innings, getting some timely ground ball double plays (!) when he needed them, and overall just being pretty awesome. The only extra base hit he allowed was a Michael Brantley double that may have been a single had Dewayne Wise not taken a circuitous route. It was good to see him right the ship after getting shellacked last time out.

What I noticed more than anything from Phil was that he seemed to be throwing two different curveballs. One was a straight 12-to-6 number but the other had a little more 11-to-5 break (from the catcher’s point of view). The PitchFX data at Brooks lumps them all under one curveball umbrella, so maybe I’m just imagining things. It just seemed like he was throwing more of a slurvy breaking ball at times, and it was effective. Perhaps it was just dumb luck and unintentional. I’ll keep my eyes open going forward to see if it happens again. Regardless, great start from Hughes. He was money.

(Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

Leftovers

So, how about Dewayne Wise’s flying into the stands catch to end the seventh? The best part was the replay showing that he climbed out of the stands with no ball in his glove and they still ruled it a catch. It looked fantastic live, but man was that a brutal call. In fairness, ump Mike DiMuro owned up and admitted his mistake to the media after the game. Hooray for accountability.

Cory Wade has been pretty bad for about a month now, though I thought it was a pretty good idea to use him in the ninth inning with a six-run lead. They gotta get him sorted out, you know? Anyway, Wade blew up again, allowing a run on a double and a bloop single before serving up a three-run jack to Jose Lopez. It seems to be the same pitch whenever he serves up a long ball, a changeup that hangs out over the plate. Cory has about three weeks to get himself straight before David Aardsma comes calling for a roster spot.

Alex Rodriguez sat out Monday’s game and he is now 17-for-42 (.405) with six homers in 11 games immediately following a day off. His seventh inning solo homer to left landed in the second deck, and we don’t see too many balls hit up there. Unfortunately, Alex’s blast also robbed the Yankees of just their second homer-less win of the season. Boo.

Jeter had a pair of knocks, as did Swisher and Stewart. Every hitter reached base at least once — including pinch-hitter Andruw Jones — except for Raul Ibanez. Jeter (two singles), Granderson (single and walk), A-Rod (homer and walk), Swisher (two singles), and Stewart (two singles) all reached base twice. As a team, they went 4-for-8 with runners in scoring position. Hooray for that.

MLB.com won’t let me embed it, but here’s the video for Tuesday’s HOPE Week event. The Yankees visited Jorge Munoz, the “Angel in Queens” who runs a non-profit organization dedicated to serving hot daily meals to those in need in New York. Pretty awesome.

Box Score, WPA Graph & Box Score

MLB.com has a box score and video highlights, FanGraphs the advanced stats, and ESPN the updated standings. With both the Orioles and Rays losing, the Yankees are now four games up in the division in the loss column. They’re six up on Tampa, and that’s the more important number as far as I’m concerned.


Source: FanGraphs

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Categories : Game Stories
  • BK2ATL

    Didn’t see the game, but Hughes appeared to be on his game. Hurray for him!!!

    RISPPASS o RISPWIN????

    A-Rod blowing up the homer-less win. Gotta hate it, even if it went 400 ft.

    We might need to keep an eye on Wade. He’s been giving up runs and allowing them to score lately. He might need to right that ship, or face being one of the players being sent down to make room for Aardsma and Joba. He has options.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Looking forward to the “WWWCW” write-up tomorrow.

    While I think middle relievers are, yes, erratic, I don’t think they turn into pumpkins from one day to another. My assumption is that Cory will figure this out before he becomes the first candidate on the chopping block.

    What else can really be said about Hughes? He doesn’t even need to do this every time. Just make the stinkers less and less frequent.

    The sweep tomorrow versus Mike Axisa’s big deadline acquisition last year. I kid.

    • http://www.twitter.com/_swarlesbarkley Drew

      WWWCW?

      • jim p

        What Would Winston Churchill Wish?

        TSBPO. (That Should Be Pretty Obvious)

      • Robinson Tilapia

        What’s Wrong With Cory Wade.

    • MannyGeee

      Yeah, Cory Wade might or might not figure it out, or he might not. But for the immediate future, he is chopping block du jour, just like Eppley was a month ago (until someone else decides to shit the bed)…

  • dalelama

    Isn’t it impossible for a righty to throw an 11 to 5 curveball? I was taught if it is a righty and the ball breaks 11 to 5 it is a screwball.

    • Need Pitching

      from the pitcher’s perspective, I think it was more of a 1 to 7 curve
      from the catcher’s view, it was 11 to 5

  • CBean

    I don’t know what’s happened to Wade but I miss good Wade.

    • MannyGeee

      A Rod should sit him mown and talk to him

      - Boone Logan

  • Skip

    Hughes had this knuckle-curve with the sharp break. They showed a slow-mo replay of it at some point during the game. I didn’t see if he was also using the traditional curve ball grip that he had while in the minors (the KC was picked up from Moose and AJ if I recall correctly). In any case, that might be the explanation for the two types of curves.

  • http://www.twitter.com/mrgisme Dolph Ziggler

    ‘BABIP correction is a wonderful thing. Balls bounce off gloves, grounders deflect away from infielders, all sorts of neat stuff happens’

    Isn’t BABIP ‘correction’ supposed to be that, for the remainder of the season, should average around .300. However, the ‘bad luck’ from before still happened. And just because they had ‘bad luck’ (a sub .250 babip) doesn’t mean they are going to all of a sudden have ‘good luck’ (above .350 babip). Meaning, correction won’t come because of balls bouncing off gloves more frequently, but that, more likely, balls will start finding holes where they weren’t previously.

    • vicki

      the quarter came tails ten times straight; still just a 50/50 chance you get heads this time. right?

      • http://www.twitter.com/mrgisme Dolph Ziggler

        Essentially, yes.

        • Jack Swagger

          Sorry. Had to.

          • Vicki Guerrero

            EXCUSE ME!!!!!

            /had to too’d

    • Jobu

      It depends on your perspective. If you are looking at predictive value of past events in isolation, then the chance of the BABIP for the next hit with RISP should be at the normal probability of that event occurring. However, if you are looking at the season as a whole and believe that the team will have an average or better BABIP with RISP then things change. In that case you are witnessing the sample go by on a nightly basis so if you see low values you know that higher values are coming if at the end of the sample you will reach your projected number. Keep in mind that this is only based on your projection or estimate of the ending mean for the sample size. So if that estimated mean is off, the values in the rest of the sample size will not be what you are expecting.

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Big ups to Munoz for all of his non-profit work, and also for firing a helluva nice ceremonial first pitch before the game!

    • Dale Mohorcic

      During the broadcast they mentioned he was recently laid off and still paying to prepare meals with his unemployment check. I anticipate that he will have a new job before the week is over.

      • Yank The Frank

        The Yankees could hire him to drive Joba around in a tank.

  • Brian S.

    Fill Yughes

  • DSFC

    I can’t imagine Wade would get the ax before Eppley.

    • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

      Why not, Eppley’s been better, much better than Wade lately.

      • vicki

        think of the tshirt sales. chicks dig cory wade.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          Until he takes off his hat. His baldness always takes one by surprise. It just looks like a neat fade with the hat on.

      • LK

        Wade’s in a funk, no doubt about it. But if you look at anything besides ERA (FIP, xFIP, SIERA, tERA), Wade has been better than Eppley over the season as a whole. Throw in the fact that Eppley has never shown anything in the majors before and has a delivery that suggests he can’t be trusted to face lefties, and I’m relatively confident that Wade is the better option.

        • vicki

          to be fair, outside of one pretty good season in the dodgers’ bullpen, before he came to the bronx wade hadnt shown much in the majors himself. he’s been tremendous, especially considering andrew friedman cut him; and that guy knows when to hold’em.

          i hope he finds himself again, but even if he doesnt he’s been a crackerjack prize.

          gives great interview; has a broadcasting career if he wants one.

          and, again. LLCW.

        • BK2ATL

          Compare their stats over the past month.

          Eppley was not here at the beginning of the year. So not sure how you compare him to Wade from that point.

          I hope Wade turns it around, but remember that he has an option left, if he doesn’t. A few weeks ago, it was an easier, more clear-cut decision than right now. Either way, 2 spots will be replaced within the next couple of months.

          I have no idea what the plan is for Feliciano, IF he makes it back by August. So add another spot to the other 2.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      I still think the natural order of things should dictate that the guy with zero role other than uber-longman (Freddy) should go first.

  • Brian S.

    Also Toronto sucks.

  • Manny’s BanWagon

    Great to see Hughes continue to roll. It’s funny to think just a few months ago people were arguing that Freddy should be given a spot in the rotation ahead of Hughes.

    As for Wade, it seems the bubble has burst. Considering his pedestrian stuff, he probably pitched way above his head for almost the last year though with Joba and Aardsma coming back, it shouldn’t be a big problem.

  • Brian S.

    Anyone else think Cory Wade could use a 15 day DL stint?

  • JScott

    Off-Topic but interesting. Courtesy MLBNetwork, to be filed under the category labeled “Guys who just can’t handle NY”…

    AJ Burnett had a start against the Cardinals in which he was charged with 12 earned runs. Minus that one start his record: 8 – 1; 1.87 ERA; 1.11 WHIP.

    • Havok9120

      Holy crap.

    • ROBTEN

      How much is “can’t handle New York” and how much is getting to face:

      Nationals (89 wRC+), Astros (95 wRC+), Cubs (81 wRC+), Reds (97 wRC+) — and look what happened the second time he faced them, Royals (95 wRC+), Cleveland (96 wRC+)

      and not having to face the Rangers (113 wRC+), Red Sox (108 wRC+), Angels (102 wRC+), or Toronto (102 wRC+).

      It was when he faced the Cardinals (114 wRC+) a second time that he gave up 12 in 2.2 innings.

      In addition, when he faced the Tigers (99 wRC+) he gave up 7 hits and 3 walks in 6 innings (including a HR and 2 2bs). He only stuck out 2, while the tigers went 1 for 8 with RISP, so admittedly without having seen the game it seems like a RISP fail more than a dominating performance.

      I hold no ill will toward Burnett and hope he succeeds, but it seems to me that there’s a lot of important context beyond the “he can’t handle NY” narrative.

      • Jim Is Bored

        Agreed. Had he went to Toronto or Baltimore and done this, I’d be more apt to agree with the OMGNY narrative.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        I would NOT be able to handle Pittsburgh either.

        • Kosmo

          steel town USA gives you the burps ?

          • Robinson Tilapia

            Never been there. I’m a snob for the coasts, though.

            • Kosmo

              me too although I´ve currently gone European.

              • Robinson Tilapia

                Haven’t we all, though….

                • Pat D

                  My dad said Pittsburgh was pretty much what you would expect when he did strike duty there many years ago.

                  But Pittsburgh is on the way up, after all. It’s doubling for Gotham City in The Dark Knight Rises. I’m sure that will increase tourism to Pittsburgh.

                  • DM

                    I can’t believe what Nolan did to that football field! Is the crater still there??

  • darren

    so even if jeter doest surpass pete rose, he’s gonna beat Ty Cobb.

    crazy.

    bless you, tony fernandez’ elbow

    • vicki

      this is probably the wrong context but all the ‘too many homeruns’ talk has had me walking around with mick’s voice in my head:

      if i had played my career hitting singles like pete, i’d wear a dress.

      • Kosmo

        Wonderful!

    • Jimmy

      Cobb is only 65 hits below Rose. If Jeter gets anywhere close to Cobb, the Yankees would drag him across the finish line for the all-time record. Still that’s 1073 hits. At least 6 seasons, probably more. Just enjoy the surge for now, don’t get greedy.

      • MannyGeee

        This…. Screw Pete Rose, give me 3 mores seasons of usable SS and another ring, thanks

      • Pat D

        I think the best case scenario is he passes Tris Speaker for 5th place all time, which is 3514.

        • Cris Pengiucci

          I agree. But I want at least 2 more rings to go with those hits. :-)

  • RetroRob

    Cory Wade has been good for a year plus. With Aarsdsma looming, he has not picked a good time for his first slump.

  • DT

    “he is now 17-for-42 (.405) with six homers in 11 games immediately”…

    So if we play him every other day…

    • Brian S.

      YES

      • the Other Steve S.

        40 homer and closing in on Ted Williams

  • Kosmo

    I think Wade is suffering from overuse. Needs a rest. On the otherhand NY will either hope one of Joba or Aardsma can contribute later on this season or they´ll be forced to trade for a reliever. Balfour?

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Teams will always do something silly, such as trading for relievers at the deadline but, even with a less-than-effective Cory Wade at the moment, I really don’t feel they should. There’s enough here not to waste prospects on relievers who won’t replicate their current performance once traded.

      • Kosmo

        no need to hit the panic button but the stretch drive is a long way off and you never no ?

        • Kosmo

          that should read “know“

          • Robinson Tilapia

            I figured.

            While I admit it can work out sometimes (hope you’re enjoying retirement, Mr. Wood), I only can reach in my mind for those places where you trade for a middle reliever and turns out to be of little value. Stick with what you’ve got. Hell, give Freddy higher leverage innings if that’s what it takes.

            • Cris Pengiucci

              And it’s only for the short term. Aardsma and Joba on the way. Not need to trade for a relief arm.

    • Steve (different one)

      Why do the Yankees need to trade for a reliever? This makes no sense.

    • DM

      I agree on Wade. Too many appearances; Phil is young certainly hasn’t been abused (except by hitters at times) and should’ve been given a chance to give the whole pen a night off. I suspect Garcia will be given a crack at more important innings in the short term; but this Aardsma/Joba talk is a bit premature. Another month away is an eternity in baseball; and that’s if everything goes well without setbacks. Give Wade a rest, use Garcia a little more — and forget about roster moves until you really have to make one.

  • Jimmy

    Big stretch coming up: ChiSox, Tampa, BoSox, A/S Break, then Angels. Great time to be on a hot streak. Get through this next 3 weeks with a winning record, the Yankees are in great shape.

    • MannyGeee

      I would take 8-4 over that stretch…

      • boogie down

        Actually, we have a 4-game set against CWS as well as a 4-games-in-3-nights series in Boston (doubleheader on Saturday, 7/7 to make up for the PPD game on 4/22), so 9-5 or 10-4, I suppose, would be the records to shoot for.

        Fortunately, we have a day off between the conclusion of the series in Tampa and the beginning of the series in Boston.

  • Monterowasnotdinero

    Didn’t seem like Phil threw his changeup. Fortunately he had great fb location and curveball location.

    I don’t think Wade needs rest. He is a junk pitcher. I think hitters are waiting for his 70-75 mph stuff and crushing it. Wade needs to throw his 87 mph fb and throw it inside.

    Jeter may tie Ripken today. Cal will get a little love.

    Let’s not go too crazy over ARod turning on an average fb from a less than stellar lefty reliever in a 4-0 game. He’s not hopeless-just a shadow of what he once was.

    • Kosmo

      Wade has pitched more innings than any other Yankee reliever. Just a hunch on my part.

    • Jim Is Bored

      While his salary is an eyesore, he’s still an above average hitting 3B, and generally pretty average in the field. We can all pray and hope that he finds his power again, but if Alex can hang on to this version of himself for 3-4 years, I think we’d all take it.

      • Kosmo

        I agree. Arod kind of reminds me of Willie Mays, Mays hung on for about 5 more years after his greatest years were behind him and still put up respectable numbers even though he lost a step or two.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        You can’t take back the salary. You can only hope for him to be productive. I’ll take a guy who hits .280, hits 20 HR, and continues to play a good 3B

        • Cris Pengiucci

          Sure, that’s what we all say when the team is winning, but lose 3 games and it’s all doom and gloom! They’re too old! Get rid of the team and the FO! :-)

    • DM

      A-Rod’s power is still there — but we’ll see it less and less against better pitching. He didn’t “take off” after his adjustment; the only thing he found that day (and yesterday) was a pitcher’s mistake. That ball was in the A-Rod pull swing wheelhouse, and it stayed right there. Fortunately there’s enough mistakes made around the league for him to still do damage. I can still see him hitting 30 hrs. Though one thing that I do find disturbing is his running. There’s been a few ground balls that I thought he’d have a chance to beat out but he still was thrown out by 1.5 steps. I’m wondering if something in his lower half is barking.

  • newguy

    What happened to the bashing Phil Hughes folk? AKA he gives up too many homeruns get him out of here. I dont think Phil is great, but for a 5th starter he is exactly what you need. If he can get us average starts until the playoffs and then move to the pen, why mess with a good thing? Even with that awful start last time out he is 4-1 in June with a 2.67 ERA and 1.07 WHIP… =amazing.

    • Kosmo

      Hughes is a “mystery wrapped up in a Twinkie“ or hoggie…

    • pat

      He still gives up too many HR. One start doesn’t change that.

      • CountryClub

        Hughes has had 2 bad games out of his past 10 starts. He can give up all the solo HRs he wants as long as he continues to throw good games 80% of the time.

    • DM

      Most of the Hughes bashers go to the same place the Phil Phanatics went after his homerun derby “with the heat that day, the ball just…” start last week.

      • Jim Is Bored

        A lot of us were still here.

        • DM

          I’m a Hughes “basher” — although I prefer to be called an objective critic — and I’m here. I gave him credit for a good bounce back, but I didn’t buy into the Cleveland lineup as a “big test” theory. The “big test” comes when he doesn’t have it in a given start, then finds a way to win or at least hang around in a game. Challenging a toothless lineup is where Phil should shine — and he did. Still shoulda pitched the 9th though — but I may lay that on Girardi (I didn’t hear his post-game rationale, if he had one).

          • Jim Is Bored

            But Hughes isn’t supposed to be our 1/2/3 starter right now. He’s supposed to do exactly what he did; there’s no reason to pass a “big test”, which is completely subjective anyway.

            I’ve never claimed he’s a 2-3 era guy or an ace, all I’ve been defending is that I think he should/can pitch to a ~4 ERA the remainder of the season, because there’s just no way he could have kept giving up home runs on 16% of his fly balls, if his K/BB peripherals stay the way they are.

            Plus, who is a good lineup? There really aren’t a lot of them, even in the AL. Boston, Toronto, Texas?

            • Robinson Tilapia

              Agreed. No “big test” needed. Just pitch well, baby.

              • Cris Pengiucci

                I’ll take his pitching from a 4/5 (5 on this team) starter any day of the week. He may be replacable next year, depending on contract demands, but he’s perfectly fine for this year.

              • Arnold Palmer’s Putter

                Call me crazy, but I don’t think Phil had his best stuff last nite.
                Fastball was 91-92, leaked a lot of fastballs over the plate that were fouled off.
                But he battled and didn’t give up the “big inning.”
                Part of it could be Clevelan’s lack of offense, but I would have to give Phil some credit: more of a CC or Nova type of start.
                Thoughts?

                • DM

                  You’re not crazy. I didn’t see the first 2 innings but he didn’t look his sharpest to me — but I attribute the success to the Indians lineup more than Phil making adjustments (which I didn’t really see). He got away with less than optimal b/c there wasnt much on the other side to make him pay.

            • DM

              I have no problem with that; and I never claimed that you said he was an upper tier starter. I was just referring to Mike’s assertion that facing Cleveland’s lefty lineup was some kind of “big test” for Hughes. But in the wider context, you need to evaluate him objectively — even more so with the $ looming. You may be content with him as 5th starter, but will you pay him to stay here in that role. It seems the standard of measure for him went from very high to “give him a break”. He’ll get another big bump in arb this off-season; then he’s a free agent the year after. I think it’s fair to evaluate him in “test” situations when you’re making decisions about whether he’ll fit into the picture going forward. Grinding through outings and giving length when your stuff isn’t there is a valid area to evaluate.

              • Cris Pengiucci

                On most teams, he would be a 3/4 starter. Hell, on the Rockies, he’d probably be their #1. So, what’s the going rate for a 3/4 starter? Are the Yankees willing to pay that for their 5? Need to compare him to his counterparts, not to what the expectations of him were or to what you would pay for a #5 starter (if that’s where he’s slotted). Then again, you could just look at the cost of an equivalent replacement, especially if you feel the same performance could be obtained from someone like Phelps.

                • DM

                  Right — but it’s in the Yankee context (with Yankee payroll that they’re trying to control), not those other teams. And seeing if he’s only a 5 inning/5th starter, up and down pitcher with an ERA between 4.5 and 5 — or something better is what you’re evaluating in these “test” situations. Phil got a jump in $ b/c of his “18 win” season, then he went back to being a huge question mark — but unfortunately, the rate of pay didn’t go down with his horrible 2011. He’s one of those guys that may reach free agency before you really know what you have. The more “testing” of him now, the better.

              • Robinson Tilapia

                He has a year and a half to determine his long-term future as a Yankee for sure. Let’s hope he makes the most of it. He’s certainly on his way right now.

  • Erica

    Do I dip out of work early today and hop on a train with a cheap ticket in tow to see Andy pitch? DO I?

    • DM

      If you actually have a cheap ticket in tow, of course.

      • Erica

        Well. Turns out… my boss is going.

        Soooooooooo… that sucks.

      • Bartolo’s Colon

        you can get a ticket for less than $10 on stubhub, i would do it if you could. unfortunately stuck at work, but i will be there friday night. first time i get to see cc this year, he never pitches when i go

        • Erica

          Oh, I totally checked out the cheap tickets and I was about to go until my boss told me she was leaving early today to head up to the game. Blarg. Can’t be caught there, too, haha.

          That’s great that you’re seeing CC! Bring him some luck :)

          • Robinson Tilapia

            The obvious answer is this: join me in my skybox.

            • Erica

              Obvious answer wants to be taken seriously! Agh!

              • Robinson Tilapia

                Of course, by “skybox,” I mean “small social service program deeeeeeep in Brooklyn.”

                Plouffenator would just be offering some really cheap weed right now.

                • Erica

                  Hahahahaha. He will always and forever be known as Plouffenator.

                  • Robinson Tilapia

                    The new name is way too long to write out.

                • DM

                  First Russell Martin and someone with Lizard for a last name; now Erica and a guy with a fish for a last name. This is like some demented version of “Love Actually”.

                  • Robinson Tilapia

                    Russell and Betty.
                    Me, Erica, and Plouffe.
                    You and Ted.

                    Yup. Pretty demented.

                    • DM

                      “You and Ted.”

                      Eeew.

        • Alkaline

          The last three times I’ve seen the Yanks it’s always been C.C.

          • Robinson Tilapia

            There was a very rough stretch in my life where every game I seemed to attend was started by Darrell Rasner.

            • Jimmy

              That’s deep, man.

              • Robinson Tilapia

                Easy for youo to say. You weren’t there.

                It was like “Malkovich, Malkovich, Malkovich.”

          • Bartolo’s Colon

            last year i always saw nova and freddy, this year it seems to be kuroda

  • Dan

    I was listening to the radio broadcast last night and Sterling and Waldman appeared to call the 11-to-5 breaking ball as more of a slider. It would be good if Hughes can develop and continue to work with both breaking balls because good hitting teams will be able to hit a two-pitch pitcher. There is only so long that you can get by on your fastball.

    • CountryClub

      Whatever that pitch was that he was throwing, it was pretty nasty. A true swing and miss type of pitch. Hopefully it wasn’t a fluke.

    • DM

      Looked like a “slurve” to me at times (and he changed his arm angle on them) — or as PitchFX would respond “DOES-NOT-COMPUTE-DOES-NOT-COMPUTE”

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    hughes looked pretty good last night, and actually got out of some jams too, hopefully he can keep it up. so far we are way ahead of our 2009 pace. 2009 yanks were 41-32 at this point (same record as the orioles right now). Unfortunately we suck compared to the 1998 yanks (aka 2012 texas rangers), 54-19 at this point!

  • MattG

    I know I am going to sound like an old man here, but screw it…

    Why can’t DeWayne Wise climb out of the stands, and say to the ump, “No, I dropped it.”

    Allow me to short-circuit all the responses: they’re all bull. In the society in which we want to live, sportmanship supersedes everything. There is no reasonable excuse for disregarding, much less praising, blatant dishonesty. Wise dropped the ball. Jeter did not get hit by the pitch. These are fucked up lies. Stop it.

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

      But it’s the human element!

    • Jim Is Bored

      I don’t think anyone is praising dishonesty. But if the umps are going to be wrong, damn straight I want the calls going the Yankees way.

      There is a really, really easy answer. Instant replay doesn’t have to be evil.

    • Bartolo’s Colon

      i think the ump actually called him out before he had a chance to do anything. and even if he did say he dropped the ball after the ump called him out, would it have mattered? could the ump overturn his own call? plus, every team gets good and bad breaks. if an ump calls an obvious strike a ball (which seems to happen pretty regularly according to the one website), do you expect the batter to tell him it was a strike?

      • gc

        I actually think that even if a player were to come forward and tell an umpire or official that the call was wrong, the ump/ref would still not reverse their call. They have to stand by the calls they make, even if later they learn that the call was wrong. Then at least I hope they come forward and admit their mistake, which apparently this umpire did. Now if there was a system in place during the games that would allow errant calls like this one to be corrected, that’s another story. But we’re not there yet, and that’s another discussion.

    • gc

      I know I am going to sound like a jerk here, but screw it.

      No.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      You, soccer guy rolling around and playing dead because the other team slightly grazed you, stop being a dishonest prick!

      You, NBA guy, you know that was a charge and not the other guy fouling you! Didn’t your mama teach you better?!

      I get your point, but gamesmanship is as much a part of competitive sports as sportsmanship.

      • MattG

        This, as is the case with all things, makes it easy to draw comparisons, and very difficult to draw lines.

        No one should flop. I don’t watch soccer or the NBA. I watch playoff hockey–they have a penalty against it.

        Equally so, no one should put a ball in their glove, to pretend the caught it, or act like they’ve been shot when a ball hits their bat knob. No one should lie. Let’s draw the line at lying.

        Is it lying to hold up a ball you trapped? If you know you trapped it, it is. I wouldn’t expect an umpire to overturn his call, even if you said, “I think I actually trapped that.”

        But it is egregious lying to pick up a ball on the ground, put it in your glove, and act like you caught it. Just. Stop.

        I’m not saying Wise did that. That’s what I thought happened. If the umpire called the batter out without asking to see the ball, he’s an idiot.

    • steve s

      I’m with you Matt G. Wise would be a celebrated hero today if he fessed-up instead of being just another “Wise” guy. If your kid (or any kid that you coached) asked you what he should do in a similar situation my unequivocal answer would be for him to voluntarily tell the ump he didn’t catch the ball. Good luck to Wise getting any calls in his favor for the rest of his career.

  • http://www.workwithpete.com Pete

    A-Rod’s HR – game-winning RBI. Whouda thunk at the time, eh?

    • gc

      Actually, Chris Stewart’s RBI single in the 2nd inning was the game winning hit because the Yankees never trailed after that point.

  • http://www.workwithpete.com Pete

    And holy crap, can we get off the “Swisher’s showing up the other team” nonsense already? All I care about – and what every other Yankees fan should care about – is that he’s having a productive season, and that’s the reason he’s so damn *smiley* all the time…

  • PaulP

    I heard an interview with Granderson (perhaps after a game) and he said he goes to left depending on the pitcher. If it is a guy who works him away, he goes that way. The telling part was him saying “I know Kevin Long does not like it, he would prefer me to hit for power…”

  • Jon G

    Confirmed 2 curves – from LOHUD: ” Apparently there was some thought during yesterday’s game that Phil Hughes was throwing his slider again. Hughes said this morning that he’s been occasionally using a slightly lower arm angle and throwing a harder, tighter curveball that might look a little bit like a slider. It’s not a new pitch, just a different way of using his curveball. I know he’s done it in the past, and he said he’s been working on it the past six starts or so.”