Saturday, April 14, 2012

Hughes falters again

For a second straight start, Phil Hughes has managed to give the Yankees less than what they were hoping for. He started the game strong, but ended up giving up 6 runs in only 3.1 innings. Not to sound like a broken record, but Hughes can not put hitters away. What makes him so frustrating is the fact that he can get hitters 0-2 and 1-2 but usually ends up giving up a hit, walking the hitter, or a long fly ball. Hughes does not get many outs early in the count, and his fastball was up for most of his start. The hitters either swung and missed at his high fastball, or squared it up much like Pujols did when he hit the double to center field that went over Granderson's head. It's only a matter of time before Andy Pettitte and Michael Pineda are ready to join the Yankees and if Hughes continues his lackluster performance, he will most definitely be the odd man out of the rotation.

A lighter note on such a discouraging day for Hughes is the dominance that Phelps showed the Yankees. He went 5.1 innings, allowing only a solo home run to Vernon Wells and striking out 4 batters. Phelps gives the Yankees another option for a starting pitcher if Hughes is bumped from the rotation before Pettitte and Pineda return.

Nova gets the start tomorrow night for an 8 PM start on ESPN. He will be opposing Jerome Willams as the Yankees try to take two out of three in the rubber match of this 3 game set.

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