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Yankees postgame: Phelps impresses but Lester rules

Posted by: Brian Heyman - Posted in Misc on Aug 18, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

David Phelps continued to make a positive impression despite taking this 4-1 loss to the Red Sox. The rookie went a career-high 6 2/3 and gave up just three runs and seven hits. He struck out seven and walked none in what will likely be his final start before CC Sabathia comes off the DL. Joe Girardi said he hopes that will be Friday night in Cleveland.

But Phelps can still be an asset in the bullpen. He’s 3-4 with a 2.69 ERA in 24 outings overall. In his five starts, including two since Sabathia went down with his elbow problem, Phelps is 1-1 with a 2.92 ERA. Someone will have to go to make room for Sabathia, but Phelps is pitching better than Joba Chamberlain and Cody Eppley right now.

“We like what he does,” Girardi said about Phelps. “He’s a guy that’s somewhat of a swing guy for us. If we need him to start, he can start. If we need him to give us an inning in the bullpen, a couple of innings in the bullpen, he can do that. If we need him to give long relief, he can do that.

“He’s a valuable guy on your team because he can do so many different things, and he’s had success in all areas.”

Phelps was done in by an opposite-field, two-run homer in the first by Adrian Gonzalez.

“It was right where we wanted it,” Phelps said. “The ball was down and off the plate. … It’s incredibly frustrating.”

Jon Lester’s inconsistency has been problematic for Boston, but the Yankees managed just five hits off the lefty. He’s still only 7-10 with a 5.03 after back-to-back starts with one run allowed.

“When you look up at the numbers, you kind of step back because you know that’s not the type of pitcher he really is,” said Nick Swisher, who had two of his three hits off Lester. “Tonight you got the best Jon Lester that we’ve seen in a while.”

The Yankees finished 0 for 9 with runners in scoring position.

“It’s hard to win a game when you do that,” Girardi said.

Curtis Granderson seems to be breaking out of his slump, coming through with a homer and two hits for the second consecutive game. Both homers were off left-handers. He has hit 11 of his 32 off lefties.

Derek Jeter lost his 13-game hitting streak. He batted .367 over that stretch.

Robinson Cano is struggling right now. He went hitless for the fourth consecutive game with an at-bat, his worst stretch since a four-game hitless run in 2008. His career high is five straight. That was in 2005.

The Yankees need to come up with an answer for Pedro Ciriaco. He had a four-hit game against them at Fenway last month and he went 4 for 4 in this game. He’s batting .517 against them in seven games, going 15 for 29. He’s batting .276 in 28 games against other teams.

“He’s on fire against us,” Phelps said. “It’s one of those things.”

Sunday night baseball on ESPN with feature a pitching matchup between Hiroki Kuroda, who has been very good, and Josh Beckett, who has not.





10 Responses to “Yankees postgame: Phelps impresses but Lester rules”

  1. UnKnown August 18th, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    I suppose it will be good to have Phelps back in the pen. Looks like we could use another reliable reliever back in the pen.

    I would guess Eppley gets sent down. Unless they think Joba needs to go down and work on some things. It’s going to be interesting…

  2. Bret The Hitman August 18th, 2012 at 10:06 pm

    Chase Headley has 20 HR and an .834 OPS right now at 3b – better than Arod and he’s a better defender and can play LF or RF.

    That’s a guy who will cost less than Justin Upton both in salary and in terms of prospects. Maybe the Yankees should put something together for the Padres at the Winter Meetings and bring back Ichiro to hedge against another Gardner injury.

    Ichiro is hitting .300 as a Yankee.

  3. igotid88 August 18th, 2012 at 10:17 pm

    I would like to see how far Phelps can take his good pitching as a starter.

  4. igotid88 August 18th, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    What worries me about Headley is is he finally coming into his own as a power hitter? Or is he just having a career year.

  5. Bret The Hitman August 18th, 2012 at 10:35 pm

    Even if he happens to be entering his prime and peaking offensively and you expect a drop-off you still have to give his stats a bump due to his switch from Petco to Yankee Stadium and his protection from Yankees hitters vs. Padres. This is not a contract year for him so we know he’s not merely applying himself just in time for a big deal. He’s cost controlled for a number of years.

  6. I Am Winning August 18th, 2012 at 11:15 pm

    It’s a shame for Phelps, everytime he seems to be getting himself in to a role, he gets shot back down. But that baseball. He sure will have a spot in the rotation next season though.

  7. Benny Blanco August 18th, 2012 at 11:18 pm

    Mike trout is just insane right now.

  8. Against All Odds August 18th, 2012 at 11:21 pm

    What did he do?

  9. Nick in SF August 18th, 2012 at 11:32 pm

    He tried to rebroadcast, reproduce, or otherwise use a recording of game without express written consent of Major League Baseball.

  10. Nick in SF August 18th, 2012 at 11:49 pm

    Which is totally insane.

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