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Postgame notes: Pitching like an all-star

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Notes on Jul 10, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

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Hanging in Phil Hughes locker after tonight’s game were a half dozen or so All-Star Game jerseys. They’re gifts for friends and family. He pulled the smallest one — intended for some young relative — and said, “I’m going to wear this one in the game.”

Yes, the Yankees No. 5 starter is an all-star, and he pitched like it again tonight. This was his 11th win, and his ERA dropped back down to 3.65. Joe Girardi was impressed by his fastball, and Hughes said his curveball was as good as it’s been this season.

Thing is, Hughes’ day started with uncertainty. He woke up believing he would be pitching against Cliff Lee, then he heard the trade rumors and wondered if he might be bumped to the bullpen because of Cliff Lee.

“Obviously we’re not going to go with a six-man rotation in the second half,” Hughes said. “Something’s got to give. You kind of do the math and figure it’s not going to be the top three guys, so where do we fall into this picture? It’s kind of the way this game is. It’s not always about feel-good stories and keeping guys that were good in spring training around.”

Hughes is one of those feel-good stories: A 24-year-old who seems to be coming into his own at the big league level.

“Right now,” Mark Teixeira said. “All the hype is true.”

Yankees Mariners Baseball• Speaking of Teixeira, he hit home runs from both sides of the plate tonight and has looked more and more like himself at the plate lately. “It’s one of those times when I’m seeing the ball from both sides, and I’m not having to fight one or the other,” he said. “That happens on and off all during the season. Sometimes you’re fighting one, sometimes you’re fighting the other.”

• Hughes tied Andy Pettitte for the highest winning percentage (.846) in the American League. He has yet to allow a home run on the road this season.

• This is the first time since 2002 that the Yankees have allowed two runs or less in five straight games. They’ve allowed a total of six runs in the past five games. Most of that is due to great starting pitching this turn through the rotation. “It really helps,” Girardi said. “Because we’ve been in some tight games and we haven’t scored a lot of runs.”

• That’s 30 straight games reaching base for Teixeira. Since June 8 he’s batting .309 with nine doubles, nine home runs, 25 RBI and six walks.

• Chan Ho Park allowed two fairly weak singles, but Girardi was actually impressed with what he saw. “I thought his stuff was about as good as we’ve seen,” Girardi said.

• Dave Robertson had that ugly outing in New York earlier this month. He’s since pitched 3.1 scoreless with two hits and four strikeouts.

• A seven-game winning streak is a season-high. The Yankees have won 12 of their past 15 games on the road.

Associated Press photos of Hughes and Teixeira

 
 

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44 Responses to “Postgame notes: Pitching like an all-star”

  1. BJK July 10th, 2010 at 3:14 am

    Phil Franchise.

  2. Nick in SF July 10th, 2010 at 3:21 am

    Why, man, he doth bestride the narrow world
    Like a Colossus, and we petty men
    Walk under his huge legs and peep about
    To find ourselves IN-N-OUT BURGERS dishonorable graves.

  3. BCash is genius July 10th, 2010 at 4:14 am

    If the Yankees win the division or wild card by 1 game, let’s remember cashman’s brilliant move today, giving Seattle a pre-game deadline to accept his offer, and forcing Seattle to deal Lee today, allowing the Yankees to face and beat Pauley, instead of losing again to Lee. Maybe that was Cashman’s plan all along?

  4. CompassRosy July 10th, 2010 at 4:16 am

    Bit of a crazy day.

    Congrats on the win, Yank fans. Frankly, after the events of the day, the game was a bit anti-climatic for me. But at least, thanks to Tex and Strasburg, my fantasy team did well ;)

    Felix Day tomorrow ~ sure would be nice to get at least one win…

    I have to admit, I’ll be rooting for the Rangers (‘cept when the M’s play them of course).
    By all accounts, Cliff is not only a great pitcher, but a great guy and awesome teammate who willingly shared his knowledge and experience during his brief stay in Seattle. I really hope he helps the Rangers to the pinnacle.

  5. Arno July 10th, 2010 at 5:09 am

    Yea the game was a bit anti-climatic but a good game and win nonetheless. Phil Hughes looked a lot better than he had been. Texeira is getting hot. Granderson looks like he might *finally* be turning it around. Clutch two-out hitting. Bullpen didn’t stink today.

    A lot of things to like about this game.

  6. whatever July 10th, 2010 at 7:24 am

    all the Yanks need at the trading deadline is a more stable DH (personally I think it should be Montero).. a solid reliever to replace Chan Ho Park.. and Jeter to stop playing like he’s 90 years old.

  7. sunny615 July 10th, 2010 at 7:24 am

    Still wish Jack Z wasn’t a putz and we got Lee.

  8. blake July 10th, 2010 at 7:42 am

    I think its Pat M that has been saying the Yanks would be 3 up by the all star break for weeks now. His crystal ball is pretty accurate.

    Another well played game by the Yanks last night and a great performance by Hughes.

    The arm angle may have in fact been a culpret in his recent struggles. I hadn’t noticed it but it would explain the velocity being down a tick and his pitchers being flatter. Last night everything looked mucj more crisp, better velocity and life on the fastball and his curve had much more bite to it. Also seemed he threw less cutters and more curveballs which I think is probably a good thing.

    Glad to see him get back on track and glad to see Bizarro Mark Teixera gone and the real thing back in pinstripes.

  9. Doreen - GTLU Stuff & Photos July 10th, 2010 at 7:54 am

    Morning all!

    For the third night in a row the Yankees won while I slept! It’s a little trepidatious to fire up the blog to check on the night’s results, but the payoff (a nice Yippee!!) has been awesome.

    I watched the game long enough to get a glimpse of Jack Z, who definitely looks like some kind of snake to me. And I thought Kenny and Flaherty were a little too kind in their analysis of the day’s events. Could you imagine Hawk Harrelson’s take during a White Sox broadcast????

    Anyhoo – I’m thinking the baseball gods are trying to tell us something. Three times Montero has been the primary chip in trying to acquire Halladay/Lee, and three times no deal has been done. It’s clear to me that the Yankees will be happy this day turned out the way it did.

    What is definitely sad is that as much as the Yankees get lambasted for the way they attack free agency with zeal and mucho dinero, what real choice do they have? They offer their best prospect and a couple of pretty darn good filler pieces, think they have a deal only to be told, sorry, but no dice? This has happened before – getting the Yankees to make their best offer so someone could top it. Or the 2nd scenario, asking for the moon and stars from the Yankees, and settling for a few grains of sand from some other team. Or teams outright do not want to do business with them, because they simply don’t want to help them (which, to be fair, I can certainly understand).

    So the upshot will be that the Yankees will more than likely end up with Lee for next season (barring unforeseen circumstances) AND they get to keep Montero. Since there aren’t too many elite pitchers on the market, I don’t see Montero getting offered up again anytime soon.

    I’m so glad Phil Hughes pitched a good game last night. Nice way to head into the All-Star break. And relieved that Teixeira has returned. :lol:

    They can now do no worse than a split in Seattle, have assured a winning west coast road trip and first place at the ASB! Who could ask for anything more??????

  10. dutchsailor July 10th, 2010 at 7:57 am

    Not only a 7 game winning streak, but the last five have been won on the west coast.

  11. Everyone sucks except SJ and CB and Doreen July 10th, 2010 at 8:05 am

    whatever:

    Why would you want Montero to be a full time DH when he is just starting to hit at the AAA level. There’s a reason the Yankees are willing to offer him and not one of the other catchers.

    You want a DH, call up Miranda. Leave Montero where he is. If the yanks are going to be stuck with him (yes, I said stuck) then let the kid develop and gain some confidence before Ricky Romero or David Price makes him look like a child.

  12. Yankee Trader July 10th, 2010 at 8:11 am

    Might find this NY Post article interesting by Joel Sherman and George King:

    http://www.nypost.com/p/sports.....swOjRu74OI

    Personally, I think if the Yankees still want him, he’s a Yankee in the offseason.

    Maybe they should bring up Montero for these last two games, just to take batting practice so the Seattle fans can see what they missed out on, while he launches ball after ball into the seats. Then take him to Anaheim for the futures game. :)

  13. blake July 10th, 2010 at 8:13 am

    Doreen,

    Great post. In reality, baseball is just hurting themselves because the end result isnl that Yankees will get the free agents they want and still keep their best prospects. It looks pretty clear that Jack Z didn’t act in good faith but as you say…sometimes things happen for a reason.

    Wouldn’t it be all the better if Montero makes both the M’s and Jays feel sorry they passed in him in a few years.

    I would have been ok with a split in Seattle as well and since they’ve already locked that up…might as well keep it going.

  14. randy l. July 10th, 2010 at 8:13 am

    never liked the idea of lee as a yankee.

    would have absolutely hated seeing montero leave

    good thing the rangers stepped in

  15. Carl July 10th, 2010 at 8:18 am

    Would be nice to see some of our top prospects play a few games at the big league level.
    I mean the Yanks didn’t even call up AJax last year. I was a little disappointed about that.
    Seems like we see most of em break in on other teams, while we get to see the Russo’s and
    Duncans of the system.

  16. blake July 10th, 2010 at 8:19 am

    Randy,

    When I saw Montero’s name in the deal I was initially upset, then talked myself into liking the trade because I knew how good it would make the rotation this season. Then I was a little relieved when I found out the deal was off…it was a roller coaster.

    Good news is that now the Yanks may have both guys this winter.

    How have you been…haven’t seen yoj around here much.

  17. Rick July 10th, 2010 at 8:20 am

    The final west coast trip has been a success already as well as the record leading up to the All Star break with 76 games left to play in the regular season. 55-31 is the best in all of baseball.
    Avoiding injuries, spot resting the older players to keep their legs fresh for the postseason, and proper use of the entire pitching staff are the keys.

  18. m July 10th, 2010 at 8:21 am

    Hi, Doreen.

  19. Carl July 10th, 2010 at 8:22 am

    I would have stuck Montero at first over Smoak though if I was the Mariners. I think Montero would rake in Seattle like Cabrera rakes in Detroit.

  20. Yankee Trader July 10th, 2010 at 8:22 am

    never liked the idea of lee as a yankee.
    ————————————————-

    randy l.-

    Why is that? Do you have any interest in him in the offseason, especially if our only other lefty starter besides CC [Pettitte] decides to retire?

  21. Doreen - GTLU Stuff & Photos July 10th, 2010 at 8:22 am

    Hi randy l -

    How’s your summer going?

    I’d always had an edge against getting Lee, but I weaken easily, I guess. Figure it’s inevitable, so why fight it? But if they’re going to get him, better as a free agent than to have to give up #1 prospect for him. So many times its the trade that doesn’t happen that’s the best move.

    blake -

    From that Post article, looks like Seattle won’t be a place Cashman shops anytime soon (unless King Felix becomes available, anyway – ;) ).

  22. vtyankeefan-the original!! July 10th, 2010 at 8:23 am

    Why would the Yanks want Lee anyway? 4 teams in two seasons…he nothing more than a journey man ; )

  23. Doreen - GTLU Stuff & Photos July 10th, 2010 at 8:24 am

    Hi m!

  24. Carl July 10th, 2010 at 8:24 am

    51-35 1 game back of Boston at this time last year. We were in the process of getting swept by the Angels too.

  25. m July 10th, 2010 at 8:27 am

    So, this is what Saturday mornings are like. :)

    Fell asleep early, woke up at 11 and now I’m paying for it.

  26. austinmac July 10th, 2010 at 8:30 am

    I did watch Park last night, and his velocity was better. He was regularly hitting 93-94 with a good curve and slider. Neither of the two hits were hit hard, one of which was a high chopper off the plate.

    Hughes was also throwing harder, hitting 95 -96 on occasion and sitting on 94.

    I do think the Yankees willingness to move Montero suggests they doubt he is their catcher of the future. Let’s hope this is a trade they will someday be glad they didn’t make. Personally, I am not feeling that joy right now.

  27. Doreen - GTLU Stuff & Photos July 10th, 2010 at 8:31 am

    m -

    Wondered why you were here at this time.

    You and Pat M usually keep it busy in what are the wee hours for me, and I get to read your posts when I wake up.

  28. 86w183 July 10th, 2010 at 8:32 am

    In the long run this may turn out to be the best of both worlds. The Yanks got to confirm their very sincere interest in Cliff Lee well in advance of him becoming a F.A. and they hold on to Montero and leave Phil alone where I think he made a pretty loud statement last night.

    I agree it’s past time to call up Miranda and at least have a Miranda/Thames DH platoon even though Curtis and Huffman have shown themselves to be useful parts.

    As long as the starting pitching stays consistent this will be the best team in baseball.

    Jack Z didn’t do himself any favors by shopping around the Yanks offer. I think Smoak is going to be a helluva player so he did well for his team, but other clubs will be reluctant to talk with him about anything significant in the future.

  29. Doreen - GTLU Stuff & Photos July 10th, 2010 at 8:37 am

    86w183

    They may be reluctant, but it’s all about which particular player is involved in the long run. You don’t cut your nose to spite your face. I think they don’t go out of their way, though.

  30. Yankee Trader July 10th, 2010 at 8:37 am

    I think it’s more likely, that they call up newly acquired lefty, Chad Tracy, who can sub some at 3rd, instead of Miranda, if the Yankees don’t add a utility infielder before then.

  31. austinmac July 10th, 2010 at 8:41 am

    I look for Granderson to have a better second half. He has hit with some bad luck. His line drive % is actually quite good at 24.4. At least that is the optimist in me.

  32. blake July 10th, 2010 at 8:43 am

    I wonder if the Rangers willingness to include Smoak in a trade for Lee is an indication that they have plans on going hard after Adrian Gonzalez when he becomes available (assuming they get an owner).

    Otherwise, them including Smoak in that trade for a player they are unlikely to sign makes no sense unless they win the WS this year. The Yankees made their offer because they have a ton of catchers and because they felt certain they could sign him….much bigger risk for the Rangers IMO…

  33. Yankee Trader July 10th, 2010 at 8:46 am

    If available, I would like to see the Yankees target these players before the trade deadline-all on losing teams:

    Outfielder Josh Willingham of the Nats
    Versatile utility infielder Jeff Keppinger of Astros
    Reliever Joel Hanrahan of Pirates

    Good to see all of your bright smiling faces this Saturday morning. Have a great day and see you later. :)

  34. Carl July 10th, 2010 at 8:48 am

    # austinmac July 10th, 2010 at 8:41 am

    I look for Granderson to have a better second half. He has hit with some bad luck. His line drive % is actually quite good at 24.4. At least that is the optimist in me.

    I agree. He’s been hitting the ball hard.

  35. m July 10th, 2010 at 8:50 am

    You have to remember who’s in charge now. Nolan Ryan’s fingerprints are all over the organization. They’re in first place, in striking distance of best record of baseball. Who knows how long the window stays open for the Rangers . This may be their best, and only, opportunity for a while.

  36. blake July 10th, 2010 at 8:54 am

    m,
    That’s a fair point. Ryan is doing a great job with that organization. Smoak is a tough loss though longterm of they don’t win it all this season…Chris Davis isn’t near the prospect he is.

    Y. Trader,

    I think Willingham would be perfect as well…any idea what the price tag would be on him though? I’m thinking pretty steep as the Nats really have no reason to move him.

  37. Doreen - GTLU Stuff & Photos July 10th, 2010 at 8:56 am

    The Rangers had to make this deal. It doesn’t guarantee anything, but adding a #1 pitcher is always a boost, plus you can’t discount what it does to the rest of the team, seeing their owners make that kind of push.

  38. vtyankeefan-the original!! July 10th, 2010 at 9:04 am

    I’m sure Ciff Lee will be on the top of Cashman’s to do list in the off-season

  39. vtyankeefan-the original!! July 10th, 2010 at 9:05 am

    I’m sure Cliff Lee will be on the top of Cashman’s to do list in the off-season

  40. m July 10th, 2010 at 9:07 am

    Off to sleep for me.

    One final thought:

    The FIFA World Cup’s a lot like Twilight. They run around for two hours, nobody scores, and when you say you don’t like it people say, “you just don’t get it”. :P

  41. pat July 10th, 2010 at 9:08 am

    “You don’t do that with any team and you don’t do it with the Yankees, because [GM Brian] Cashman will drop you in a heartbeat. You don’t use the Yankees because they never forget.”

    Appears the word on the street is Cashman isn’t a by-gones kind of guy.

  42. pat July 10th, 2010 at 9:12 am

    And don’t discount the fact that the Ryan ownership group is going to have a really big loan to pay off if they get the sale to go through.

    Butts in the seats now and extending the season past 162 is a pretty nifty way to help that be accomplished.

  43. Moo July 10th, 2010 at 9:13 am

    Rangers ain’t making the playoffs. You heard it here first.

  44. Pinstripe4Life July 10th, 2010 at 9:37 am

    We own the Rangers, just like the Twinkies.


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