Game 137: Back on Track

(Denis Poroy/Getty)

(Denis Poroy/Getty)

In all likelihood, Phil Hughes is about to begin his final month as a Yankee. It’s been an up-and-down seven years to say the least, and 2013 has been the lowest of the non-injury lows. He comes into this start — which the Yankees pushed back so he could face the worst offensive team in the league — with a 4.91 ERA and 4.55 FIP in just 135.2 innings across 25 starts. Hughes has been awful and at this point there’s little he can do to change that. What he can do, however, is close out his pinstriped career with a strong month of September that helps the team sneak into the postseason. That would be a great going away present.

Here’s the lineup Joe Girardi is sending up there against left-hander and former Yankees farmhand Jose Quintana:

  1. CF Brett Gardner
  2. SS Derek Jeter
  3. 2B Robinson Cano
  4. LF Alfonso Soriano
  5. 3B Alex Rodriguez
  6. DH Vernon Wells
  7. RF Curtis Granderson
  8. 1B Mark Reynolds
  9. C Austin Romine

And on the mound is Hughes, who has failed to complete five full innings of work in four of his last six starts. With a full bullpen thanks to September call-ups, expect Girardi to have a very short leash.

The weather in New York is pretty ugly at the moment. It’s supposed to start raining a little later this afternoon and continue raining right through tomorrow morning, so there might some problems getting this game in. We’ll just have to wait and see. First pitch is scheduled for 1:05pm ET and can be seen on YES locally and MLB Network nationally. Enjoy.

Roster Update: As expected, right-hander Preston Claiborne has rejoined the team now that the High-A Tampa season over. Would have been nice to have him yesterday. The Yankees preferred bullpen quantity over quality, however.

Injury Update: David Phelps (forearm) has started playing catch. Joe Girardi confirmed the right-hander is not expected to return this season, however.

Weather Update (1:32pm): And we’re in a rain delay after one inning and one out. The forecast is pretty ugly for the rest of the day, so it’s unclear when or if they will resume playing. Thanks to September call-ups, losing the starting pitcher so early isn’t the end of the world.

Weather Update (3:07pm): The game is tentatively scheduled to resume at 3:25pm. David Huff is warming up in the bullpen.

Categories : Game Threads


  1. trr says:

    Sorry, can’t feel good about any game Hughes starts

  2. JGYank says:

    New day. New game. New series. Let’s win and change the tone from yesterday.

  3. Wheels says:

    Just want a good game to watch today, without Hughes giving up some crooked number in an early inning.

  4. JGYank says:

    I have a good feeling about this series. Clairborne is back to bolster the pen and Yanks want to get revenge against the ChiSox for the sweep earlier. The White Sox’s lineup is terrible and Girardi will be more careful with the guys he brings in from the pen after yesterday. Jeter can’t be any worse than he has been and can shake off the rust any minute now. The Sox got nothing to play for either. I’m envisioning a sweep.

  5. Pat D says:

    You broke my heart, Phredo. You broke my heart.

    Now please just pitch competitively for 5 more starts.

  6. JGYank says:

    Is Sale pitching in this series?

  7. Kramerica Industries says:

    One last note on last night.


    I have a really hard time ever getting to my point on things. That did not need to be a 3,144 word entry.

  8. dkidd says:

    j.r. murphy is a dreamboat

    says my wife

    • Pat D says:

      On that subject of randomness, it reminds me of a story I’ve been told repeatedly.

      Several years ago a group of my friends went to see House of Wax. Mostly because they have terrible taste in movies. But. From what I was told, about halfway through the movie, one of my friends who has a tendency to just say randomly hilarious things just says, “That Chad Michael Murray is a dreamboat.” Apparently hilarity ensued.

      Seeing the word “dreamboat” in print just made me recall that, so I figured I’d share it so that it hopefully sinks back into the recesses of my memory.

  9. Anderson Silva says:

    let’s pound this guy quickly before the rain comes

  10. Anderson Silva says:

    bad break, that was a sure triple if it doesn’t bounce out

  11. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Loving all the leadoff doubles.
    Please cash this in.

  12. JGYank says:

    Gardy hitting lefties well for back to back games is a good sign.

  13. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    There you go, Captain

  14. Kramerica Industries says:

    That’s an excellent start.

  15. Wheels says:

    nice start

  16. JGYank says:

    Nice hustle by Jeter. Wasn’t hard hit, but it got the job done.

  17. Wheels says:

    Awkward slide by Jeter again.

  18. Anderson Silva says:

    a bit up but middle of the plate. Soriano has to hit that a long way.

  19. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Needed more than 1 run out of that

    • JGYank says:

      Yeah but even though Hughes is on the mound, I couldn’t feel more comfortable facing their awful lineup. If we score a few runs, we’ll probably win.

      • Need Pitching & Hitting says:

        I’m cautiously optimistic about today’s game.
        A nice, comfortable, low stress win would be much appreciated though.

        • JGYank says:

          Yeah it would be great if Hughes could go 7 solid to get us right to Drob. But the rain delay could really screw this up.

  20. A Teal Leg says:

    I heard that Joe Girardi thinks 2 + 2 = 5.

    If you think that Girardi is wrong for thinking 2 + 2 =5, you are an idiot. Joe Torre and Tony LaRussa thought 2 + 2 = over a decade ago. It’s a motif. Girardi is just following in their footsteps.

  21. Kramerica Industries says:

    Dunn going deep is pretty much a given at some point against Phil.

  22. JGYank says:

    Thought that was gone off the bat. Hughes really needs to learn how to induce grounders.

  23. Kramerica Industries says:

    This better not be one of those rain showers that forces the tarp on at this early a juncture.

  24. Anderson Silva says:

    oh man, that was quick

  25. Wheels says:

    Darn rain.

  26. Pat D says:

    If the rain comes, they run and hide their heads.
    They might as well be dead.
    If the rain comes.
    If the rain comes.

  27. Kosmo says:

    Rainy day, rain all day
    Ain’t no use in gettin’ uptight
    Just let it groove it’s own way
    Let it drain your worries away yeah
    Lay back and groove on a rainy day hey
    Lay back and dream on a rainy day.

  28. JGYank says:

    Today is a must win knowing that Sale is going to tomorrow. He is the only hurtle to a sweep. I don’t think their pen will come in to play since it will be hard for them to get the lead with their lineup.

  29. nycsportzfan says:

    its nothing but sun in western mass/ny border right now, about 2.5 hrs from the city. Sucks how things can change so quickly from area to area.

  30. Alkaline says:

    Any update?

  31. Anderson Silva says:

    any idea on when they might resume playing?

  32. Kramerica Industries says:

    I will be very interested to see if B.J. Upton can finish the season having never spent a day over .200 in the batting average department.

  33. Wheels says:

    Game set to resume at 3:25. Huff is warming up in the pen.

  34. sjferrari says:

    Yanks got a shut down Hughes for 1.1 innings before the rain delay. Can only mean good things for the last 7.2, right?

    I’m amazed they got anything in, considering it was pouring in Astoria when the game started in the Bronx.

  35. Kramerica Industries says:

    So, the game becomes David Huff vs. Dylan Axelrod for the next few innings.

    Advantage Yankees? I dunno, but at least Quintana’s gone.

  36. Chris says:

    Best Phil Hughes start of the year.

  37. Cuso says:

    Wow. Is Hughes really 4-13?!!

    I mean

  38. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Soriano channeling Bobby Abreau on that one.

  39. Wheels says:

    Get this last out, Huff.

  40. Pasta Stumbling Sojo says:

    Missed my chance to say this during the rain delay, so here it is now:

    Thanks to September call-ups Given who started this game, losing the starting pitcher so early isn’t the end of the world.”

  41. JGYank says:

    I’m just waiting for the reaction if Kelley ends up coming in.

  42. nsalem says:

    Big Hurt and Klu I think

  43. Eddard says:

    It took an act of God to avoid the automatic Phil Hughes loss. They should be able to win this one now thanks to mother nature. I think David Huff will show why he should be starting and not Hughes. Joba and Hughes should not throw another pitch this season.

  44. Kramerica Industries says:

    Well, obviously, Frank Thomas is one of those two. The other one is not Paul Konerko.

    What was his name, Dick Allen back in the mid to late ’70s?

  45. Wheels says:

    Hopefully we can capitalize on this.

  46. nsalem says:

    Adam Dunn must be one of the few (if not only) player who for two years running as a qualifier had a higher K total than a batting average.

  47. nsalem says:

    Fuck it. H and R

  48. Kramerica Industries says:

    Bases loaded, no outs.

    Gotta punish them here.

  49. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Chris Stewart needs to get the majority of the playing time because…?

  50. Wheels says:


  51. Wheels says:

    This is great.

  52. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Gardy’s been a doubles machine lately.

    Katie Sharp
    Brett Gardner is 1st Yankee with 30+ doubles and 8+ triples as a CF in a season since Mickey Rivers in 1976.

  53. Steinbrenner's Ghost says:

    Lord works in mysterious ways: using a rain delay to take out hughes.

  54. Need Pitching & Hitting says:


  55. Cy Pettitte says:

    wow, this inning….

  56. Wheels says:

    Holy crap.

  57. Kramerica Industries says:

    The White Sox are just humiliating themselves out there.

  58. nycsportzfan says:

    I said for such a long time that the yanks need to keep giving ROmine and Nunez at bats. Romine is prooving why. Nuny was hitting very well as of late as well, and if nothing else, i would think has showed he has some trade value.

    Awesome game so far!

  59. mustang (The Has Beens & Wannabes Bunch 2013) says:

    If the Yankees don’t sweep this team they shouldn’t make the playoffs.

  60. Cesar "Stairs" Cabral says:

    *warms up*

  61. Charles says:

    You have to just laugh when that half inning happens, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a team make that many mistakes in that short of a timespan.

    And to think this team swept us last month…

  62. RetroRob says:

    Before I forget again, I just want to wish happy birthday to David Huff, who celebrated #s 30 and 31 that last half inning.

  63. Get Phelps Up says:

    After this game I think I’ll fire up and listen to Hawk’s perspective of that inning.

    • Cy Pettitte says:

      I’m guessing after they scored like 4 or 5 runs it was just silence for the rest of the inning

    • RetroRob says:

      I tried to flip over to the White Sox broadcast just for the fun of it, but my Internet connection here is killing me. freezes up in two minutes, so forced to listing to Ma and Pa on the radio.

  64. RetroRob says:

    Bob Lorenz slumped over in an alcoholic haze.

  65. Cesar "Stairs" Cabral says:

    Stairs ready. Sit down, Huff.

  66. mustang (The Has Beens & Wannabes Bunch 2013) says:

    Does David Huff take Hughes spot in the rotation after this?

  67. SDB says:

    Congratulations Phil Hughes! A start where he didn’t give up a single ER!

  68. Cy Pettitte says:

    what a play by Cano, wow. I’d love to see the munchkin try to do that.

  69. mustang (The Has Beens & Wannabes Bunch 2013) says:


  70. Anderson Silva says:

    Here we go, Cabral warming up!

  71. Cesar "Stairs" Cabral says:

    The bullpen is sweeeeeeeet. Get ready 4 Stairs. Wake the leetle 1s.

  72. Cy Pettitte says:

    Cabral sighting, nice. I’d definitely like to see him in some games this September

  73. Cesar "Stairs" Cabral says:

    *tucks shirt in*

  74. Cesar "Stairs" Cabral says:

    *wipes sweat off brow*

  75. Cesar "Stairs" Cabral says:


  76. Cesar "Stairs" Cabral says:

    Puto Jordan danks

  77. Cesar "Stairs" Cabral says:

    Booooo. Must stop typing and pitching. Bye, RAB.

  78. mustang (The Has Beens & Wannabes Bunch 2013) says:

    I’m already in love!

    Right on mound and right to business.

  79. Kramerica Industries says:

    Well, it appears the Orioles will win today, so Cleveland falls back behind the Yankees, but now the real thing the Yankees need out of today is a Tampa Bay defeat. Otherwise, it’s still 4th place and a 3.5 game deficit, with one fewer game left to work with.

    5-0 Baltimore in the 4th. Masterson left early, putting the Indians behind the 8-ball.

    • mustang (The Has Beens & Wannabes Bunch 2013) says:

      Texas just tie A’s that also helps.
      I know the game is over, but I can’t over yesterday I just feel the O’s would of been done mentally done with the sweep. Now they are beating up Indians.

    • JGYank says:

      The AL east showing the central who is boss. Doubt the wildcards will come from the central. Will probably be 1 from west and 1 from the east or 2 from the east.

  80. W.B. Mason Williams says:

    My boy J.R.

    Ken Singleton must be scrambling for the homer call nickname.

  81. Anderson Silva says:

    this is exciting! Welcome to the bigs JR!

  82. Anderson Silva says:

    he hit it hard. Congrats!

  83. mustang (The Has Beens & Wannabes Bunch 2013) says:

    OK. That’s too cute.

  84. Cool Lester Smooth says:

    Yeah, JR Murphy!

  85. mustang (The Has Beens & Wannabes Bunch 2013) says:



    You may get chance someday if Chris Stewart gets hit by a bus or something.

  86. the Real Greg says:

    So the Yankees are back on track against the White Sox. And it is also apparent that the baseball gods are decreeing that Phil Hughes will never get another win in a Yankee uniform.

  87. RetroRob says:

    Nice win.

    Doesn’t seem like the Murphy’s were in the best seats in the house!

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