It’s hard to be too critical of Phil Hughes after last night’s start. He gave up the three-run homer that pulled the Red Sox within a run in the fifth inning, but he also pounded the strike zone — 71 of 104 pitches for strikes — and left in line for his sixth win of the season.
This wasn’t his best start, but I think the Yankees will take a guy who still manages to throw strikes while battling pitch-for-pitch against a Red Sox team that had awfully good at-bats all night.
Former scout Frankie Piliere did have a good observation from last night’s game: “Hughes is getting burned too much on his cutter,” Piliere wrote on Twitter.
Hughes agreed. The home run to David Ortiz was a cutter. So was the home run to Drew.
“I just didn’t execute my cutter in,” Hughes said. “… I had success with it early whenI got it in there, but maybe just a little too much plate (on the home runs).”
Hughes said he might have gone to the cutter too many times against Drew. “Any time I felt like he might be cheating in I went away (with the four-seamer),” he said. “And he seemed to be on that pitch pretty well too.”
Here’s Hughes, as usual giving a very candid evaluation of his start.
And speaking of Piliere, those of you who really like to dig deep into prospects should check out his list of two dozen international free agents to watch. The Yankees are or will be connected to quite a few of these names.