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Postgame notes: “I knew I could be better”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Notes, Podcast on Aug 03, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Things are different now. The change happened early, it was impossible to miss it. It was right there on the scoreboard, in big glowing digits. A 95 mph fastball to strikeout Carlos Quentin and cap an overwhelming first inning. Walking off the mound, Phil Hughes looked over his shoulder and saw the number.

“I knew it was coming out good from the beginning,” he said. “I got some swings and misses early. I knew it was good. I happened to glance up after I got Quentin in the first inning and saw 95, and I just said, ‘Alright, I can work with this.’ This is what normally have and what I can normally do. Once I got that confidence in the first inning, I just took that aggressive mindset and rolled with it.”

There’s a reason you’ve known Hughes’ name since he was a teenager. There’s a reason the Yankees refused to include him in so many trades, and there’s a reason they stuck with him after that disappointing month of April and that uneven return from the disabled list: The guy’s good.

He’s been searching for consistency, and that’s been a concern. At times he’s lacked a true out pitch, and that’s caused some problems. He’s been an absolute disappointment this season, and even he knows it. But tonight was everything that there is to like about Hughes, and it’s the reason that the Yankees will most certainly think twice about bumping him from the rotation.

“We talked about trying to get him back to where he was last year, (and) today was pretty close,” Joe Girardi said. “… We have to talk about this. Maybe we stay at six-man rotation through another time. I don’t know what we’re going to do at this moment, but I’m happy with what I saw tonight, and I really liked it.”

For the past few days, it’s been impossible for Hughes to ignore his situation. Ivan Nova’s locker is literally five feet away from his, and yesterday he spent several minutes answering questions about an unsettled rotation and the possibility of the Yankees making a change. Tonight, it was Hughes who changed. He made his case, and the Yankees took notice.

“It really didn’t even come into my mind, everything that was going on,” he said. “It was more of a personal thing for me. I wanted to pitch well. I knew I could be better than what I had been showing, and that was basically it. I wanted to satisfy myself before everybody else, and I’m pretty satisfied with this one and hopefully it’s something that will continue.”

Here’s Hughes.

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• Mark Teixeira has now homered from both sides of the plate in same game 12 times, more than anyone in baseball history. “There is a lot of failure in this game, there’s no doubt,” Teixeira said. “When you can put your name in the record books for something like this? Being a switch hitter is very tough, and this was a nice night for me.”

• Teixeira also became the fourth Yankee to hit 30 home runs in each of his first three seasons with the Yankees, joining Babe Ruth, Roger Maris and Alex Rodriguez. Feel free to read those three names again. Yowza.

• Back to Hughes for a bit: He was at 65 pitches when the second rain delay came. He actually walked onto the field for the bottom of the seventh, with the rain falling down and the tarp already coming on the field. He joked that he was trying to convince them to let the game continue. “I was hoping they just wouldn’t run me over with the tarp,” he said.

• The fastball wasn’t the only plus for Hughes tonight. He was also very happy with his cutter — a pitch that’s been bothering him lately — and he showed an extremely hard, tight curveball. He struck out Adam Dunn and A.J. PIerzynski with curveballs. The Pierzynski curveball was 82 mph. I double checked with Hughes just to be sure. It really was a curveball at 82.

• Hughes said coming into this game that he wanted to be more aggressive with his fastball, but he said he didn’t necessarily mean to throw nothing but fastballs in the first inning. It just kind of happened that way. “I threw a couple of fastballs in to Pierre and Vizquel, and then I was aggressive with Quentin,” he said. “That’s just the way it went.”

• As much as the velocity obviously stands out — Hughes still hit 94 in the fourth inning — Hughes immediately answered “location of my fastball” when asked what made the biggest difference tonight. It always comes down to command, doesn’t it?

• One last Hughes note on velocity: “I’ve always been a guy where I let it all go,” he said. “Whenever it starts to decline, it declines. I felt like ti was still good enough later on. I wasn’t really checking the scoreboard, but I was just trying to execute pitches and I got a lot of early outs in those middle innings.”

• The Yankees did score six runs in seven innings tonight, so the offense wasn’t exactly slumping. They’ve won five straight and nine of their past 12, and they’re 24-9 against left-handed starters this season.

• Russell Martin homered for the first time since June 29. This was his first road home run since April 23 in Baltimore.

• Other than Teixeira, who had three hits, the only other Yankee with multiple hits was Derek Jeter who singled and doubled in his first two at-bats. Brett Gardner was the only Yankees starter without a hit.

• Even though it was a rain-shortened game, all stats count, even the ones from the top of the seventh inning. The game was delayed 45 minutes at the start, then delayed another 57 minutes before it was called.

• A final word from Hughes: “If I could have picked a way that I wanted to pitch, this would be it.”

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95 Responses to “Postgame notes: “I knew I could be better””

  1. fantasygame101 August 3rd, 2011 at 1:18 am

    Hope he continues this and be confident all the time. The mph really matters with hughes, he needs 94 or 95mph to be effective.

  2. aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa August 3rd, 2011 at 1:38 am

    Hughes’ 4 seam FB velocity average inning by inning:

    93.6, 93.2, 92.8, 92.8, 91.7, 91.7

    guy hits 95 in the first inning and everyone crowns him as “back”. did people stop watching the gun after that? this has been his problem for a while now. he couldn’t even maintain his velocity through SIXTY FIVE pitches. 65.

    he shuts down one of the worst hitting teams in baseball and he’s back. with his fastball velocity dropping almost two full mph on average after 65 pitches. let’s see him shut down a playoff team with a good offense like Detroit, Texas, or Boston…. then the confidence would be justified.

  3. jacksquat August 3rd, 2011 at 1:43 am

    Look at that look on Hughes’ face. I like that look.

  4. Jerkface August 3rd, 2011 at 1:49 am

    91.7 is close enough to 92.5 which was his seasonal average last year.

  5. yankeefeminista August 3rd, 2011 at 1:50 am

    aaaa, etc.

    He is still building arm strength. Did you not notice that he was actually sitting as high as 95 and had FB command? His last three 4-seamers were at 92. That is progress.

  6. West Coast Yankee Fan August 3rd, 2011 at 1:51 am

    “As much as the velocity obviously stands out — Hughes still hit 94 in the fourth inning — Hughes immediately answered “location of my fastball” when asked what made the biggest difference tonight. It always comes down to command, doesn’t it?”

    Yes it does Chad thank you for your common sense and expertise.

  7. fantasygame101 August 3rd, 2011 at 1:52 am

    him knowing that he can throw that hard makes a difference in his confidence. It is a good start though. Hopefully he can build on this and not stumble again. Hughes is not a complete pitcher yet that he can live with his off speed stuff so his fastball is key to him.

  8. Nick in SF August 3rd, 2011 at 1:53 am

    Not getting bounced from the game with 95 pitches in the 5th inning is a good sign too, not just the velocity.

    People are allowed to be happy, and better so when it’s justified.

  9. Kelvin August 3rd, 2011 at 2:06 am

    Good improvement definitely I know I was happy

  10. I Am Winning August 3rd, 2011 at 3:26 am

    I would obviously like Hughes to continue with his fastball velocity, command, and aggressiveness, however for his next start, I want to see that devastating curveball again. If he does that, many teams won’t have a change. If he gets that changeup to be a plus pitch for him, as well as the cutter, we we’ve seen him do, than he’ll be un-hittable like he was in Arlington.

    Although it of course comes down to how many of those pitches he has working for him on a given night, and how consistent he is with those pitches.

    Hopefully he’s not a guy with far superior pitchers compared to his colleagues, without the ability to harness it. Ala AJ Burnett!

  11. Keith--FL August 3rd, 2011 at 6:29 am

    I like what I am seeing with the Yankees right now…..Martin as a catcher is a better offensive version of Girardi in 96-99….defense and game calling/working with pitchers is the #1 priority for a catcher and Martin is great at it….our overall team era is 3.43, 2nd in the AL….would love to see Montero come up as the semi-regular DH to boost the offense vs. good pitching and see Banuelos as the lefty out of the pen, sounds like that’s what the Yankees are thinking….the starting pitching after CC is the key but with a strong pen if Soriano rounds into form from last year, I think it will be OK….I still think it will come down to the offense which is why we need Montero and ARod to be strong come postseason…..

  12. blake August 3rd, 2011 at 7:34 am

    What a great night last between, Banuelos’s good first AAA start, to Montero basically making his.case directly at Brian Cashman, to of course Phil Hughes……..it was a great night and a really important night.

    It was just one start but beyond the box score is where the process of how Hughes pitched makes you feel really good about what it coukd mean and gives hope that he might be back and and maybe even better than ever.

    The velocity was back…..the confidence was back ….and the aggressiveness was back and he was featuring a 80+ mph true power curve that is just a huge improvement for him.

    Hughes isn’t a seasoned veteran….he’s a young kid and.at this point in his career the velocity is critical for his.success. ….everything works off of his ability to get misses and.late swings off his 4 seamer……when he gets that it gives him.confidence, he’s works fster and more fluidly.

    Just one start….but its tough to not feel good.about what we saw out there last night.

  13. Yankee Trader August 3rd, 2011 at 7:43 am

    Blake

    Good morning.
    Concur: Confidence, Control, Curve, Cutter + 94-95mph High Heat :)

    Banuelos- Did give a lot of hits. What did you see on MILB.TV that you liked?
    See where Laird and Montero each had homers, Laird 2-4, MonStero 3-4 in a 3-2 SWB win.

  14. upstate kate August 3rd, 2011 at 7:51 am

    Phil on phire w/ philty phastball

  15. blake August 3rd, 2011 at 7:54 am

    Trader,

    I only saw the 5th but read that he had some poor defense behind him.earlier in the game and got squeezed pretty bad….but just the stuff…..the ability to throw downhill at his size and create plane on his fastball…..the curvebal is very good as well. I just think he’s going to be really good.

  16. Yankee Trader August 3rd, 2011 at 7:54 am

    NY Post:

    According to two Pirates sources, the Yankees came close to dealing Cervelli for Brad Lincoln, a 26-year-old right-hander with a dozen big-league games who is currently in the minors.

    That swap would have cleared a spot for Montero.

    “It was very close, but couldn’t agree on the value of the players,” a source said.

    If they were willing to trade Cervelli for Brad Lincoln, 6.29 ERA in 12 appearances, 10 as a starter, then I’m surprised Cervelli wasn’t traded, if not to the Pirates, to many other teams needing a back-up catcher.

    I rate this rumor as Mostly False!!!

  17. blake August 3rd, 2011 at 7:58 am

    We talk about Phil’s secondary stuff all the time…..last night it was good enough …..he threw some good mid 80s CU’s to lefties…..the cutter wasn’t overused and was effective and had more velocity and sharper break…….and the curve was the big difference maker. 6-8 mph harder than he’s been throwing it and just a sharper and harder break that looks more like a fastball out of his hand. He can work with that arsenal.

  18. blake August 3rd, 2011 at 7:59 am

    Maybe the White Sox should have sold us Danks after all

  19. MTU August 3rd, 2011 at 8:05 am

    Good morning.

    Let’s face it.

    The Yankees are just loaded with quality young Pitching.

    In the Majors and throughout the system.

    Envy of others.

    That’s what I’m talkin’ about.

    Free Jesus !

    :)

  20. Yankee Trader August 3rd, 2011 at 8:06 am

    Looks like Phil got some tips from AJ on the curve-nasty one to strike out Pierzynski!
    That and the return of his high heat really impressed me.

    Now what? If Nova impresses against the White Sox Thursday do they keep both, with Nova perhaps to the bullpen and Ayala sent down?

    Although it’s supposed to be confidential, I see where Posada was placed on waivers, along with Soriano and AJ. I know that all the Yankees will be placed on waivers pretty much, but what would the Yankees do , BIG IF, Posada was claimed???

  21. blake August 3rd, 2011 at 8:06 am

    Morning MTU

  22. Yankee Trader August 3rd, 2011 at 8:11 am

    Kate, MtU-Good morning.

    Danks wasn’t very good. If the Yankees had some timely singles the score could have easily been 9-10 to nothing.
    Scratch that lefty off my lefty wish list!!

  23. Betsy August 3rd, 2011 at 8:13 am

    The Yankees have a hard decision. Nova has to stay in the rotation – and I think he will, based on Cashman’s comments on Sunday- but putting Phil in the pen is not going to help him as a starting pitcher – and do the Yankees really want to waste him as a 6th inning man? They could send him down to AAA, but then what after their season ends? I think he will end up in the pen – this was a promising first step, but for Phil I think now he’s going to be under the gun for every start. He has little to no rope at this point.

  24. upstate kate August 3rd, 2011 at 8:14 am

    good morning YT, MTU, Blake.
    Is it too greedy to hope for a sweep of the WS?

  25. upstate kate August 3rd, 2011 at 8:14 am

    and good morning Betsy

  26. MaineYankee August 3rd, 2011 at 8:15 am

    Yankee Trader

    Pull him back.

    I doubt that they will let Posada go out that way.

  27. MG August 3rd, 2011 at 8:16 am

    there are 3 different types of waivers in baseball and only one is irrevocable. If a team claimed Jorge the Yankees could either try to work out a deal or pull him back (the more likely scenario).

  28. MTU August 3rd, 2011 at 8:16 am

    YT-

    He had a bad night.

    Since you’ve written Danks off can I have him ?

    ;)

  29. MTU August 3rd, 2011 at 8:17 am

    Kate-

    It’s OK to dream.

    Makes life worthwhile.

    :)

  30. Betsy August 3rd, 2011 at 8:17 am

    The curve is such an important pitch for Phil…………and I think he even through a few change ups yesterday.

  31. Betsy August 3rd, 2011 at 8:17 am

    Hi Kate – how are you ? :)

  32. upstate kate August 3rd, 2011 at 8:19 am

    Enjoying the summer Betsy

  33. Yankee Trader August 3rd, 2011 at 8:19 am

    Betsy-

    Good morning. Hughes had a quantom leap forward last night in all areas. Nova will have to match or better that against the same WS on Thursday and even then I don’t think Hughes goes back to AAA on his one option left, or goes to the pen. Maybe Nova in the pen and send down Ayala, who many here have no confidence in.

  34. 86w183 August 3rd, 2011 at 8:22 am

    Hello all

    That was good stuff from Phil last night, and I may say I was the one who suggested a complete game 3-hit shutout.

    Still, we didn’t get to see the most important thing and that is what kind of stuff can/will he have around 80 pitches? 90?

    Yanks may place several pitchers on recall waivers to see if there’s a deal to be made for a DH upgrade or lefty in the pen. Failing that I’m afraid Senor Nova is going back to Scranton, which is unfortunate for him, but quite fortunate for the Yanks to have a starting pitching surplus.

    Still, can’t overreact to six good-to-great innings against one of the worst offensive teams in the American League, but it was a very good night.

  35. Betsy August 3rd, 2011 at 8:22 am

    Kate, glad to hear it!

    YT,. I don’t think so. He’s been good for awhile now. I posted an article in the previous thread and Cashman couldn’t be clearer about who he loves and who has a lot to prove. Nova is almost untouchable at this point; when your GM says he’s a guy you look forward to seeing pitch every time out, it’s a good bet that he’s not being sent to the pen.

  36. MG August 3rd, 2011 at 8:23 am

    Phil Hughes is a starting pitcher, he has the stuff and the mental strength to be a member of the Yankees rotation for a long time.

    He showed last night his shoulder issues are behind him and that the changes he has been making with Rothschild are working.

    Seeing results from changes in delivery and grip are non-linear, a pitcher (or any athlete) needs to be comfortable and trusting of them before the full results are reached, it’s not any different than Grandy making the swing changes on the fly last year, there were some immediate results but it took an off season and a spring training for them to be fully ingrained and routine.

    Hughes was terrific last night and it doesn’t matter what the overly critical fanbase thinks, the Yankees aren’t going to waste the kid in the bullpen in a middle innings role, they will figure out a way to keep him pitching in rotation so he can have a chance to be a big contributor in the post season.

  37. blake August 3rd, 2011 at 8:23 am

    If what we saw from Hughes last night was for real and is sustainable the decision on him is easy…..he stays in the rotation. I like Nova but that’s what folks were talking about with Hughes having more upside…… it’ll be very interesting to see what the Yanks do here but you have to see how Hughes follows up with another start…….where that leaves Nova Im not sure…..maybe you go 6 man one more turn…..maybe you skip Freddy or Colon and give them extra rest…..I don’t know.

  38. Niblick August 3rd, 2011 at 8:24 am

    For all you whiners out there, the Yankees record over the last 69 games is 46-23, for a very cool winning percentage of .667.

  39. GreenBeret7 August 3rd, 2011 at 8:25 am

    Floyd’s generally a tough customer for the Yanks. Nobody hits him especially well, but, maybe Teixeira can be the neighborhood bully and beat up his boyhood friend.

  40. Yankee Trader August 3rd, 2011 at 8:25 am

    MG & Maine-

    I know they likely would pull him back, and that he wouldn’t be claimed anyway, but just food for thought on a player making 13.1M.

    Soriano-What do you do if he passes thru the AL and gets claimed by a NL contending team? Not going to happen but nevertheless…….

  41. Betsy August 3rd, 2011 at 8:26 am

    MG, I have always advocated for Hughes to stay in the rotation – or even to be sent to AAA – to start. I think putting him in the pen would be a terrible decision, but I really think that’s a very distinct possibility.

  42. upstate kate August 3rd, 2011 at 8:26 am

    nice Niblick

  43. MaineYankee August 3rd, 2011 at 8:27 am

    Betsy

    I wouldn’t place much stock in what is quoted in the media.

    It can be just fodder for the herd that is looking for any scrap they can find or twisted to sound the way the writer wants in order to pull in readers.

    Good example is Posada and AJ put on wavers. It sounds like a big deal but really isn’t. Just put that way to get people to read it.

    At times it’s better to stand back and observe what they do with Hughes to see what they really think.

    If Hughes had a short rope he would’ve been to the end of it before now.

    Not going to try to get him right during a penant race if they don’t think he’s worth it.

  44. MG August 3rd, 2011 at 8:27 am

    this shouldn’t be a Hughes vs. Nova debate, they both are good, young pitchers who have a future in the Yankees rotation.

    What happens for the rest of this season is only important as to how the post season rotation ends up, nothing else really matter as this point in time.

    The Yankees need to keep each of the 6 guys sharp the rest of the way and decide who the 4 best ones are for the post season. If they handle it properly, they have a pretty good chance to win the AL and possibly the WS.

  45. Yankee Trader August 3rd, 2011 at 8:28 am

    Blake-

    Looking at a 6 man after this series, keeping CC in his preferred 5 day rotation, would push some starters to 7 days between starts. Doubt they do it.

  46. GreenBeret7 August 3rd, 2011 at 8:32 am

    MaineYankee August 3rd, 2011 at 8:27 am
    Betsy

    I wouldn’t place much stock in what is quoted in the media.

    It can be just ***fodder for the herd*** that is looking for any scrap they can find or twisted to sound the way the writer wants in order to pull in readers.

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    It’s stories like this that causes the freak happening where the herd will do the milking.

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  47. MG August 3rd, 2011 at 8:32 am

    I don’t think a 6 man rotation is workable on a long term basis but Colon has already proved he can miss a couple of weeks and pitch well. Girardi kind of hinted he could keep all 6 in the rotation for another turn, that could be the short term decision.

    Garcia and Burnett would be the ones most likely to suffer from longer rest, I don’t think it would matter much to Hughes and Nova if they had a couple of extra days most times-Nova pitched really well on Saturday after not pitching since his foot injury.

    As long as CC keeps pitching every 5 days nothing is all that bad.

  48. Erin August 3rd, 2011 at 8:33 am

    Hughes was awesome last night-I’m so happy for him. :)

  49. Betsy August 3rd, 2011 at 8:34 am

    Maine, I guess we’ll see, but I do think every start for Phil now is a referendum on his future in the rotation this year. They aren’t going to go with a 6 man rotation (nor should they), so a decision will be made fairly quickly.

  50. MaineYankee August 3rd, 2011 at 8:35 am

    GB7

    It’s stories like this that causes the freak happening where the herd will do the milking.

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    Leave it to you to pick up on my farming analogy. :lol:

  51. Villa Nova-Ya August 3rd, 2011 at 8:35 am

    An argument for putting Hughes or Nova (whichever the Yankees decide) in AAA would be to keep them stretched out in case Garcia or Colon (or anyone else) should not be available.

  52. Erin August 3rd, 2011 at 8:36 am

    Yankees invade Chicago:

    http://tiny.cc/y0sy7

    :)

  53. pat August 3rd, 2011 at 8:36 am

    How many rain make-ups -DHers or playing on what were off days- do the Yankees still have? 2? 3?

    That might be motivation to keep all 6 starters stretched out rather than send someone to the pen.

  54. Yankee Trader August 3rd, 2011 at 8:37 am

    Yankee Trader August 3rd, 2011 at 7:43 am
    Blake

    Good morning.
    Concur: Confidence, Control, Curve, Cutter + 94-95mph High Heat

    Banuelos- Did give a lot of hits. What did you see on MILB.TV that you liked?
    See where Laird and Montero each had homers, Laird 2-4, MonStero 3-4 in a 3-2 SWB win.
    —————————

    GB-

    Posted this earlier. Blake only saw the 5th inning of the SWB game on MILB.TV

    Any comments on Banuelos 1st start in AAA? Montero surge?

  55. MaineYankee August 3rd, 2011 at 8:39 am

    Betsy August 3rd, 2011 at 8:34 am
    Maine, I guess we’ll see, but I do think every start for Phil now is a referendum on his future in the rotation this year. They aren’t going to go with a 6 man rotation (nor should they), so a decision will be made fairly quickly.

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    If I had to guess what they do it would be to send Nova back to AAA to keep him stretched out.

    If one of the starters get hurt he would be ready to step in.

    I don’t think they would put Hughes in the pen and make him the 6th inning guy.

  56. Betsy August 3rd, 2011 at 8:41 am

    Maine, I hope not – they don’t need one and it would be a waste. The pen shouldn’t ever be an option for Phil at this point if they want him to continue developing.

    Anyway, it’s good news that he threw hard last night because it means that, if his arm isn’t all the way back, it’s on its way.

  57. GreenBeret7 August 3rd, 2011 at 8:41 am

    So, with nothing to yammer and hammer Hughes about today, this is going to be another day-long rant about a nothing story. Just once, can’t you be satisfied that Hughes did a Hell of a job and find another target? In other words, just STFU about Hughes and give him and everyone else a break.

  58. Betsy August 3rd, 2011 at 8:41 am

    Have a good day, all – later!

  59. GreenBeret7 August 3rd, 2011 at 8:43 am

    MaineYankee August 3rd, 2011 at 8:35 am
    GB7

    It’s stories like this that causes the freak happening where the herd will do the milking.

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    Leave it to you to pick up on my farming analogy.

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    You plant ‘em and I’ll harvest ‘em.

  60. Villa Nova-Ya August 3rd, 2011 at 8:43 am

    I think that the Yankees will defer to the “veteran” Phil Hughes over Nova.

    I think that Cashman’s comments about Nova are more reflective of what he thinks Nova’s value is with regard to that trade, meaning Colorado saw him as a prospect (or was valuing him as one) and the Yankees see him as a bona fide ML contributor. While the Yankees may be disappointed with what has transpired with Hughes this season, I don’t think they are “down” on him.

    Anything said at the trade deadline needs to be taken with a grain of salt and tempered due to the circumstances. It’s a bargaining stance, nothing more.

    However, if the Yankees choose to put one or the other in the bullpen, it is because that is where they feel they will get the most benefit from their talents for the stretch run. We may not agree on what they do, but I don’t think we can make the leap that whoever ends up in the bullpen (or in AAA for that matter) is necessarily in bad straits with the Yankees. The Yankees are all about NOW.

    Next season is far away.

  61. upstate kate August 3rd, 2011 at 8:49 am

    the bullpen should be rested and raring to go, a side benefit of the rain delay

  62. MTU August 3rd, 2011 at 8:49 am

    Phil Hughes mini-tribute :

    https://picasaweb.google.com/cybermrb03/AlpinePond?authkey=Gv1sRgCOO9hdKE6JSQ3gE#

    There you go Phil. You earned it.

    :)

  63. 86w183 August 3rd, 2011 at 8:50 am

    At this point I think Nova will be sent out for two weeks. The next day/night DH isn’t for 3+ weeks and that will keep everyone on normal or semi-normal rest.

    GB 7 — Get up on the wrong side of the cage did we? Pretty harsh for 8:30am, especially since you didn’t direct it at anyone.

    As for waivers on Posada and AJ — They have complete no trade protection so even if they did pass thru they would have to agree to go.

    If Soriano was claimed I suspect Cashman workls something out and lets him go now that Randy Levine’s expensive foray has proven to have been a complete mistake (considering the financial and draft implications).

  64. GreenBeret7 August 3rd, 2011 at 8:51 am

    There are still two makeup games to play within the next month and little aches and pains or breferred matchups will or should allow all six starters to get starts. I wouldn’t object to seeing Sabathia geting an extra day’s rest at least twice down the stretch. It won’t cost him any starts and perhaps giving him a little extra time to recoup. This has been a long and nasty hot stretch for all of them, and, as much of a horse as he is, he still needs to be put in the stable properly. I’d like to see him continuing to be dominant

  65. mick August 3rd, 2011 at 8:52 am

    Now Nova must come out and throw a gem.
    This is what every mgr wants, competition amongst players.
    Maybe Cash tweaked Phil just enough when he offered him in the Ubaldo deal.

  66. upstate kate August 3rd, 2011 at 8:52 am

    beautiful MTU

  67. mick August 3rd, 2011 at 8:53 am

    Better yet, let AJ pitch for his job.

  68. GreenBeret7 August 3rd, 2011 at 8:54 am

    86w183 August 3rd, 2011 at 8:50 am
    At this point I think Nova will be sent out for two weeks. The next day/night DH isn’t for 3+ weeks and that will keep everyone on normal or semi-normal rest.

    GB 7 — Get up on the wrong side of the cage did we? Pretty harsh for 8:30am, especially since you didn’t direct it at anyone.

    As for waivers on Posada and AJ — They have complete no trade protection so even if they did pass thru they would have to agree to go.

    If Soriano was claimed I suspect Cashman workls something out and lets him go now that Randy Levine’s expensive foray has proven to have been a complete mistake (considering the financial and draft implications).

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    Was there any doubt about who it was directed at? She’s been yammering at the same thing since the end of the game. It’s beyond tiresome to have to pick through her garbage.

  69. Erin August 3rd, 2011 at 8:54 am

    MTU-great pictures.

    Is SuperNova going to get a tribute if he pitches well tomorrow? ;)

  70. mick August 3rd, 2011 at 8:55 am

    86

    Think Po or AJ gets their feathers ruffled being put on waivers?
    Another tweak job by the Cash man?

  71. MaineYankee August 3rd, 2011 at 8:55 am

    GreenBeret7 August 3rd, 2011 at 8:43 am
    MaineYankee August 3rd, 2011 at 8:35 am
    GB7

    It’s stories like this that causes the freak happening where the herd will do the milking.

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    Leave it to you to pick up on my farming analogy.

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    You plant ‘em and I’ll harvest ‘em.

    ——————————————————–

    I thought you was good at spreading the fertilizer.

  72. MTU August 3rd, 2011 at 8:55 am

    Erin-

    Of course.

    :)

  73. GreenBeret7 August 3rd, 2011 at 8:56 am

    Perhaps if the Yanks would score a few runs for Burnett, it would help. Look at the scores of his losses and no decisions.

  74. upstate kate August 3rd, 2011 at 8:58 am

    Wasn’t it reported that Robbie was put on waivers last year? During his MVP season? Its just nonsense to stir up controversy. I bet the players don’t give it a 2nd thought, if they even are aware of it.

  75. mick August 3rd, 2011 at 8:58 am

    AJ has kept them in games.
    He must be ticked about being put on waivers.

  76. GreenBeret7 August 3rd, 2011 at 9:00 am

    MaineYankee August 3rd, 2011 at 8:55 am
    GreenBeret7 August 3rd, 2011 at 8:43 am
    MaineYankee August 3rd, 2011 at 8:35 am
    GB7

    It’s stories like this that causes the freak happening where the herd will do the milking.

    ————————————————————————————————————————-

    Leave it to you to pick up on my farming analogy.

    ————————————————————————————————————————-

    You plant ‘em and I’ll harvest ‘em.

    ——————————————————–

    I thought you was good at spreading the fertilizer.

    ————————————————————————————————————————-

    Yeah, but, I do wear big boots. How’s the weather up that way, Maine? It is smoking hot down here and the humidity is brutal. I’m used to hot weather, but, it was dry in the desert. It’s like being in the jungle down here this summer.

  77. Erin August 3rd, 2011 at 9:01 am

    GreenBeret7 August 3rd, 2011 at 8:56 am
    Perhaps if the Yanks would score a few runs for Burnett, it would help. Look at the scores of his losses and no decisions.

    ***********************

    GB, that’s what I keep saying too.

  78. GreenBeret7 August 3rd, 2011 at 9:02 am

    Every player gets put on waivers every year. It’s standard. Hardly a story and the players know it. NYYs know that nobody but Kenny Williams would pick up those contracts.

  79. Erin August 3rd, 2011 at 9:03 am

    mick August 3rd, 2011 at 8:55 am
    86

    Think Po or AJ gets their feathers ruffled being put on waivers?
    Another tweak job by the Cash man?

    ************************

    doubt it. AJ was placed on waivers in ’09 and if I’m remembering correctly, Cano was put on waivers last year during his MVP-like season. It’s much ado about nothing IMO.

  80. 86w183 August 3rd, 2011 at 9:03 am

    You are correct Kate. There are precious few players who have never been put on waivers. Sometimes it’s just to flood the market so the guy you want to move gets overlooked and unclaimed.

    I still think the Yaks would let Soriano go or make a deal if he was claimed.

    Early runs for AJ are long overdue. Some of his better outings have had him on the short end of 1-0 and 2-1 scores in later innings.

  81. Yankee Trader August 3rd, 2011 at 9:03 am

    MTU-

    Nice mini tribute. Scrawny, scared looking, little bird. Is that supposed to be Gavin Floyd contemplating facing the Yankees tonight?

  82. Erin August 3rd, 2011 at 9:04 am

    New Post: Teixeira emerges, passes an early hero

    :arrow:

  83. austinmac August 3rd, 2011 at 9:04 am

    I watched several of Banuelos innings. He got squeezed by the home plate umpire on a couple of the walks. His fastball ate up a number of their hitters. His stuff looked very, very good to me. I didn’t see too much of the change, but his curve looked sharp and effective. I was impressed.

  84. pat August 3rd, 2011 at 9:05 am

    As Cashman has said, every player has or will be put on waivers.

    7 were put on Monday, 7 more Tuesday and the rest to follow.

    What order they put them on might be somewhat telling and what they would do if they got a nibble is really the issue.

    Someone wants to claim Soriano? Cash would probably drive him to the airport himself.

  85. mick August 3rd, 2011 at 9:05 am

    8/23-8/27 is a 5 day 6 game stretch with the DHeader in Balt on the 27th.
    Can see them going at least 2 stretches with the 6 man rotation.

    When Arod comes back they will have to send someone down, maybe Ayala.

  86. Joe from Long Island August 3rd, 2011 at 9:07 am

    A very good morning, all –

    Great night last night, and great day this am, for Yankees’ fans.

    I’d be a bit surprised if they deal a SP. Pitching strength can disappear in an instance, and I think Cash and Joe realize that. Why move someone who may turn out to be needed at the drop of a hamstring?

    If they really want to find a deal for Cisco, they could put him on waivers and see what they get. If not to their liking, they can pull him back, and make other arrangements. They already showed their willingness to send Nova – who’s having a better season than Cisco – to Scranton. Why not Cisco, to free up a spot for Monstero? This way, you keep your catching depth, as well.

  87. GreenBeret7 August 3rd, 2011 at 9:07 am

    Erin,

    There’s little doubt that Burnett has thrown some stinkers this year, and usually at the wrong times against the wrong teams, but, 5 games of 2 runs or less in at least 6 and they were losses and no decisions, including 2 games of allowing 1 run in at least 7 innings. Today, he’s got another pitcher that is tough on NY, so, he has little margin for error.

  88. mick August 3rd, 2011 at 9:07 am

    OK, so AJ was put on waivers for no reason, why AJ then?
    Why not others?

  89. MTU August 3rd, 2011 at 9:13 am

    YT-

    That scrawny looking little bird as you put it is a male Roadrunner.

    And he’s anything but scared. He kills snales for a living.

    So he’s A #1 in my book.

    You’ll have to find another mascot for Floyd.

    ;)

  90. upstate kate August 3rd, 2011 at 9:16 am

    what are snales MTU? Are they scary?

  91. MTU August 3rd, 2011 at 9:20 am

    Kate-

    I caught a case of the GB’s. sorry.

    RR’s kill rattlers. and yes, they are scary.

    :(

  92. upstate kate August 3rd, 2011 at 9:23 am

    just teasing MTU :)

  93. Shame Spencer August 3rd, 2011 at 9:23 am

    In all likelihood, Colon or Garcia will end up injured again and this surplus of pitching won’t be such a problem. I like the idea of letting all 6 of them go another turn and then reevaluating the situation.

    When you think about it, its sort of a amazing Garcia hasn’t seen the DL yet..

  94. West Coast Yankee Fan August 3rd, 2011 at 10:40 am

    There is not an icebergs chance in hell that Hughes is sent to the pen or AAA. Hughes is no fluke, he is young and obviously has the physical ability to be a number one or a two in MLB. He had some normal injury problems which almost all pitchers do, the shoulder inflammation being the latest. He rested and strengthened his arm and is on his way back. He’s in essence just finishing his spring training and last night we all saw what he is capable of doing. He is a huge part of this ballclubs future and his upside potential is far greater than Ivan Nova’s who is very good nut does not have the lights out stuff that Hughes is capable of throwing. Hughes will now need to show some consistency, he will have setbacks, his command will be off sometimes and good AL hitters will make him pay. But the Yankees will have patience because They know what he can do. Last night he pitched like an ace.

  95. Run it Out August 3rd, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    So, Betsy comes on to throw out the usual unfounded BS. Hughes has one option left if I am correct. The chances of wasting that option if Hughes is pitching well would be crazy. Sending him to the pen would be logical ONLY if Nova clearly out pitches him. Sending Nova back down would be more logical since they’ve already burned an option this season. They still must address the double headers (rainouts) so keeping Nova up in the pen may be prudent depending on when they occur.


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