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Today in The Journal News

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Apr 14, 2008 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

The Yankees got more battered last night, losing to the Red Sox and losing their only healthy catcher.

Sam Borden writes that perhaps we should temper our expectations of Phil Hughes after his rocky Fenway debut.

Derek Jeter sat out again but is getting close to playing. This notebook also has word on a rare steal, a missing slugger and the end of a silly story.

Joe Girardi didn’t sleep well after deciding to pitch to Manny Ramirez on Saturday.

The weasels at Fox explain why they left baseball fans in a lurch on Saturday night.

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Somebody not named Tiger Woods won The Masters. Sam Weinman was at Augusta and has that story.

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16 Responses to “Today in The Journal News”

  1. melancholykorean April 14th, 2008 at 7:34 am

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  2. Betsy April 14th, 2008 at 8:26 am

    Rough article by Sam Borden -poor Phil. I don’t like hearing how he’s walking around with his head down.

    Dave Eiland really has his work cut out with his prize pupil. I didn’t think anything was wrong with Phil after KC because it was just one game, but this was dreadful. I know it was his first time in Fenway, but he has to pitch better than that. I can’t believe that the Yankees and all the scouts were wrong about Phil and that we need to adjust our expectations (from ace-type to #3 – which would be dreadful). We’ve already seen what Phil can do, but now I think a lot of it’s in his head and I don’t know why. Given how solid he was in September and terrific in the ALDS, I’m very puzzled. Also, why isn’t Phil throwing his change? Does he think he can survive with two pitches?

    I will say that I think Phil is facing a crisis of confidence, not surprising in a 21 year old used to dominating. He probably has no explanation for why he can’t throw strikes like he used to and why he’s got no command of his FB, which he always had. Eiland’s going to earn his pay right here, but eventually Phil will be fine.

  3. Louise April 14th, 2008 at 8:41 am

    When it was a job choice of Donnie Baseball, I wanted Girardi.. but this weekend we lost partly due to poor managerial skills.

    1) There is no way we should of pitched to Manny. Hindsight is 20/20 but as Manny stepped into the box, I said walk him as I am sure a lot of Yankee fans said. Molina even motioned to pitch low and away. Now Mussina grooving one is not Joe’s fault but winding up there was…

    2) Last night we have 1st and 2nd no one out. Damon is up, hitting well under .200. Clearly a bunt situation.. In bed with my partner as Damon came up, I stated “One thing I love about baseball is small ball” clearly expecting Damon to bunt, but when he took the first pitch I was like oh no, here comes the double play and sure enough a pitch or two later he hit into one.

    Regarding #2, Girardi has done well with small ball, why didn’t he return to it. 2nd and 3rd with 1 out Would of gotten us at least a run. A single would of gotten us 2 runs and a tie game.

    I was all for Girardi, and I realize it is only April but these two moves have left me with a sour taste…

  4. Hugh April 14th, 2008 at 9:30 am

    If the Yankees didnt have Wang, we’d be in some serious trouble.

  5. kris April 14th, 2008 at 9:55 am

    I called my father to say, “I guess Joe Girardi has to remember how to manage.” Seriously, Mussina gets past Ortiz and you have him pitch to Ramirez? I agree about the Damon bunt last night too.

    Thank goodness for Wang.

  6. BigV April 14th, 2008 at 10:16 am

    People need to relax a bit. Hughes is going to be fine. I’d be a bit more concerned if he was throwing this way in 70 degrees. Some pitchers just can’t pitch well in cold weather. It takes them a while to get used to it.

    Besides he was facing the RED SOX at home, reserve judgement after one season please. By the end of the year he will be 15-12 or 15-10 with a 4.25 era – not bad.

    He will learn how to pitch in the cold for the future playoffs.

    THe real concerns for this team is whether A-ROD will ever produce more consistently against the good teams instead of imitating Dave Winfield.

    The other concern is whether Moose can hold up for a whole season. Although we do have Rasner/Horne and I am afraid to say Igawa.

    And ofcourse FARNSWORTH……..

    TRADE FARNSWORTH

  7. Louise April 14th, 2008 at 10:23 am

    BIGV –

    The cold weather don’t hold water.. He pitched great in the playoffs and it was cold.

  8. bodhisattva April 14th, 2008 at 10:32 am

    Not only should Joe have had Damon bunt, but Joe should have started Cabrera. Why make your outfield old and immobile for Hughes’ first start at Fenway? And why bench a guy whose OBP has been great so far, especially when your facing a pitcher who can’t throw strikes? I can not count how many times I groaned watching our big swingers get themselves out against a vulnerable pitcher in a winnable game, despite our issues within.

    As for Hughes, it certainly didn’t help his cause when Molina threw the ball into center field to get his first inning off to a shaky start. I’m not overly concerned with Phil Hughes, he’s talented and will learn to expand his repertoire, and his command was probably iffy because of adrenaline. I would like to see the changeup come out of hiding a little more.

    What’s maddening are these older players constantly swinging for the seats, apparently choosing to ignore that the opposing pitcher surrenders hits once you get him into a hitter’s count, which is how we torched him last season. Why do these guys ignore this and swing? Very frustrating.

  9. bodhisattva April 14th, 2008 at 10:37 am

    Another thing: I am tired of the media and their hyperbolisms. No one will respect a writer who trumpets Hughes as an ace one day and then says he’s not the goods the next, on a start-to-start basis. Ditto for anxious fans who don’t understand this whole season is a work in progress, and a very exciting one, at that. It’s called perspective, which comes with a framework of knowledge.

    What would you rather see? Phil Hughes taking his lumps with flashes and stretches of mastery, or Johan Santana giving up bombs as his arm continues to wear down? And when he pitches a gem, you know that the price was a bare cupboard? No thanks, I’ll stick with the kids and cheer them on as they make their way up the ladder.

  10. bodhisattva April 14th, 2008 at 10:45 am

    Louise,

    You have to differentiate between cold weather in October, after you’ve been pitching all season, and cold weather in April. That’s why Rivera has such trouble in April in the cold. He doesn’t even pick up a baseball in the offseason, and his arm isn’t warmed up.

    Even pitchers who do some offseason throwing may encounter issues in cold weather – in April. In October, you’ve been pitching for six straight months.

  11. Hughes 9.00 April 14th, 2008 at 11:47 am

    Watching Yankees prospects fail on national TV is especially gratifying.

  12. Jay April 14th, 2008 at 1:09 pm

    Good to know the fans and media are turning against a 21-year-old pitcher (the youngest pitcher in the league) after three starts. Way to go, guys.

  13. Jay April 14th, 2008 at 1:13 pm

    It’s great to see the fans and media turn against a twenty-one-year-old pitcher (the youngest pitcher in the league) after three starts. Way to go, guys.

  14. bodhisattva April 14th, 2008 at 1:41 pm

    Hughes 9.00

    Sorry your mets have no pitching future, and sorry you can’t evaluate pitchers. Which is why you’re in for a decade of heartbreak:

    Hughes
    Chamberlain
    Betances
    Garcia
    Brackman
    Heredia
    Vizcaino
    McCutchen
    Horne
    Kennedy
    Reyes
    Melancon
    Sanchez
    Cox
    Whelan

    …..eat your heart out.
    Go Yanks

  15. bodhisattva April 14th, 2008 at 1:48 pm

    Jay April 14th, 2008 at 1:13 pm

    “‘It’s great to see the fans and media turn against a twenty-one-year-old pitcher (the youngest pitcher in the league) after three starts. Way to go, guys.”

    Keep calling such people out; they deserve it. And they’ll be the first ones all over Hughes’ xxx when he finds his rhythm. As for the media, don’t bother.

  16. david April 14th, 2008 at 4:26 pm

    It was painful to watch the Sox run all over Jorge when they knew he couldn’t throw. This just rekindled my old anger that NOBODY bunted against Schilling in the Bloody Sock game in 2004. If your opponent puts someone out there with a glaring weakness, you are not obliged to stay away from it.

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