A lot of things happened with the New York Yankees Friday night, other than losing 5-3 to the Texas Rangers, the first game of this weekend’s three game set.
Yankee fans should not panic but there some substantial things to take note of, so to make it easier here are a few you can print:
Prior to the game, Phil Hughes officially moved to the 15-day DL with dead arm cited as the reason.
The hope is that getting on a daily long-toss program will build his arm strength and presumably he will work on his curveball to have a third pitch to use too. Whether this will be enough time for Hughes’ to work is up to genius and new pitching coach Larry Rothschild.
Hughes is understandably disappointed, but he seems to have come to grips that this had to happen and is confident it will work.
As unfortunate as the situation is, it had to be done. I was shocked, but relieved that happened to Hughes so soon, as Skipper Joe Girardi is infamous for giving endless chances to struggling pitchers.
Finally, Girardi made the right move, at the right time to avoid the possibility of jeopardizing any games outcomes by getting Hughes out.
To be honest, I was vey worried that because the team won the game that Hughes had started on Thursday night, that it might have been earned him another go. Blame it on me being on Girardi autopilot, but if Sergio Mitre had that identical performance, he would have won a rotation spot. Whatever, hopefully we can turn that page thank goodness and with no other ex-Marlins on the team I think Girardi can too.
Obviously Bartolo Colon, who has been dynamite coming in from the bullpen in long relief, will take over for Hughes. Colon has impressed everyone, which admittedly proves my theory completely wrong. As the 2005 CY Young winner can still dominate, which the Yankees desperately need Colon to continue to do.
It wouldn’t surprise me if Colon remains in the rotation from here on out, and Freddie Garcia gets moved to the bullpen by the time Hughes gets back.
GAME TROUBLES AND NEW AL RECORD SET:
The Texas Rangers are in the Bronx for the first time this weekend since they beat the New York Yankees in the 2010 ALCS; and not much changed as Texas won the first game of this three game set 5-3.
Well the Yankees had everything working in their favor heading into this rematch…playing at home, sans Cliff Lee, and 2010 AL MVP Josh Hamilton, obviously the Rangers best player is out for at least eight weeks with a broken shoulder. Continue reading ‘New York Yankees: Double Trouble In The Bronx As Bombers Lose To Rangers’ »