New York Yankees fate hangs on Phil Hughes tonight New York Yankees fate hangs on Phil Hughes tonight New York Yankees fate hangs on Phil Hughes tonight
 

New York Yankees fate hangs on Phil Hughes tonight

Photograph of Phil Hughes taken on April 29, 2...

Photograph of Phil Hughes taken on April 29, 2008 at Yankee Stadium. 04:50, 1 May 2008 . . Mandalatv . . 1,272×954 (691 KB) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Hiroki Kuroda had a solid night on the mound, as he limited the Rangers to just two earned runs but unfortunately the Yankees bats got shut out by his opponent Yu Darvish.

I called this outcome yesterday, as the Yankees line-up has a history of struggling when facing a pitcher for the first time but to his credit, Darvish played a part in this too.

Still, watching the Yankees strand 16 runners for nine innings was beyond irritating. It was around the third inning that I knew the Yankees odds of scoring a run were slim-to-none; and that nightmare came true as they lost 2-0.

So now the series is split, and the Yankees will hand the ball to Phil Hughes in the rubber match tonight, which is far from comforting.

For Hughes tonight might as well be Christmas Day, as this start gives him another opportunity to get a huge win against a top team, and come through when the Yankees need him.

Hughes has an impeccable track record in Rangers Ballpark, so everything is working in his favor. (Stats are courtesy of baseball-reference.com)

Phil Hughes career stats vs. Rangers at Rangers Ballpark.

As of now, I am 99% convinced that the 18-game winning, All-Star from 2010 was really just a mediocre pitcher who got lucky and a lot of run support.

Not very often do people get so many chances to prove their critics wrong, and Hughes has this one being served on a silver platter for him to do just that.

And don’t you think it is about time Hughes shows the Yankees that he was worth hanging on to?

Everything is in line for Hughes tonight down in Arlington, and now all he has to do is pitch.

Hughes will be up against Rangers Scott Feldman, who started two game in 2011, as the 29-year old righty has been primarily been used out of the bullpen.

Let’s hope the Yankees can actually score some runs, as in 81 career at-bats vs. Feldman the Bombers have eight homers, three doubles, 18 RBIs, 10 walks and a .284 average against him.

Feldman did have 14 strikeouts against the Yankees, four where against Nick Swisher who has a .167 career average against him.

MY PREDICTION:

I have no faith or patience left for Hughes, but Girardi and Cashman keep handing him the ball. The Yankees could have used someone else named David Phelps, something the Rangers would have done. This one is on them; I hope I am wrong.

Rangers beat Yankees with a score of 6-4; and Rangers take series 2-1.

The Yankees return home after this series but things are not getting any easier, as the Tigers are coming to the Bronx. This is a series you do not want to miss….so if you want to find the best deals on Yankee tickets to see the Tigers click HERE.