I drove 80 miles for that?!?!

Quick like a ninja:

  • Mike Mussina was so-so. Okay fine, he was terrible. Abysmal. God awful. All of these words too. Four doubles in 1 inning? Are you kidding me??? Even the outs he recorded were hit hard.
  • I didn’t stay the whole game, I took off after I saw Sean Henn trot out of the bullpen to relieve Edwar. I’m sure the Edwar we witnessed last night was the Edwar the Angels released. Twice.
  • Games like this happen to every team, there’s nothing you can do about it. The part that frustrates me more than anything is that the Yanks lost a game in which they scored 5 runs off Kelvim Escobar.
  • For cryin’ out loud, did Torre have to use Vizcaino? Here’s how I imagine the dialogue when Vizcaino broke the news to Torre that his arm wasn’t right:

    Viz: Joe, my arm’s sore, I could really use a break. I feel terrible for not being able to help my team right now, but I realize it’s better for our playoff push if I get a little rest and finish up strong.

    Joe: Okay Scotty, if you need a day you get a day. Thanks for being honest.

    Viz: I’m Luis, Scott was traded a month ago.

    Joe: Sorry Tanyon. We’ve got a big series coming up against the California Angels, so get yourself ready.

    Viz: …?

    The score was what, 18-8? Throw a damn position player in there for a friggin’ inning. Andy Phillips pitched a little in college, why not let him give it shot? You know Shelley would be down, what about him? Ridiculous.

  • Forget calling up IPK, it’s not gonna happen. He’s thrown 140.2 innings this year after throwing about 135 last year betweem USC, SI & Hawaii. He’s certainly deserving of a shot, but they won’t let his inning total go up much more, especially in a pennant race. That’s not how they roll.
  • Ugly night all around, hopefully all of you on the Right Coast got some sleep. Should have a decent shot at a win tonight, with Andy going and Joba available for 2.

FYI, some dude in the minors struck out 11 straight batters last night. He had 64 K in 109.1 IP in college this season.

Thoughts on Phil Hughes

My thoughts after seeing the kid in action:

  • Curve just wasn’t cooperating, fastball command came and went, changeup was good but not thrown enough. I don’t want to make excuses for him, but I don’t think it’s unreasonable to say he was a tad nervous pitching in front of friends & family.
  • Way to many first pitch curveballs early in the game. Dunno what that was all about, but I’m guessin’ it had to do with Jorge’s gameplan.
  • The stadium gun had Hughes sitting at 88-90 with his fastball, with two or three 91’s mixed in. The same gun had Dustin Moseley at 92-94 with one 96 (!). I have a hard time believing any of that.
  • Kid’s got a great delivery, I’m a big fan of a pitcher being able to repeat his motion, and Hughes does it extremely well.
  • Love the way he pitched Vlad, hard in on the hands. Not many young pitchers would be up to that. (FYI – all those years on the turf in Montreal must have destroyed Vlad’s knees and ankles, he’s barely mobile & will be a full-time DH by 2009 the latest)
  • The scoreboard said that Mathis was hitting .200 on the year when he ripped that double in second. I saw the ball head for the corner and muttered 3 words to myself: fuck the heck.
  • The second inning was kinda ugly, but he was pretty dominant from the 3rd through 5th, blowing a few guys away on those supposed 88 mph heaters.
  • I can’t help but laugh everytime he starts wearing down after his 80th pitch. Pitch counts, turning great arms into 5 inning pitchers since 1985!
  • His line on the year: 32.2 IP, 28 H, 14 BB, 30 K, 373 pitches/243 strikes (65.1%). Just needs to cut down on those walks a bit, and improve his pitch efficiency.
  • Phil owes me $295 for the speeding ticket I got on the way to see him pitch.

With any luck, I’ll have a similar post for Joba tomorrow.