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New York Yankees: Trusting Hughes too soon

Other than the New York Yankees winning their second series in a row over the weekend vs. the Mariners, once again it seems that pitcher Phil Hughes has managed to keep his spot in the starting rotation.

I will be the first to admit that Hughes pitched better in his last two starts, which were against the Royals and the Mariners.

Just so you know all the facts, here are the stats from Hughes last two starts:

Phil Hughes - 05/04 & 05/12 - stats.

As you can see from the stats, Hughes was not the only Yankee playing well in those two team wins. The bats scored 16-runs in total but to be fair, the Mariners and Royals are not exactly the stiffest of competition. And certainly not, in my opinion, the type of  teams I would base any decisions on regarding a player’s or pitcher’s performance against.

No offense but where did I get lost here.

The Yankees are not the only ones who have spoon fed Hughes, as the local media is eating it right up too, as the only reluctant group are the fans.

I mean I heard Marc Feinsand of the New York Daily News say this about Hughes on NBC’s Mike’d Uplast night:

Phil Hughes

Phil Hughes (Photo credit: alexabboud)

“…. last year he (Hughes) was supposed to build on that 17-game winning season, but he had injury problems, no fastball etc.”

Feinsand, who is one of my favorite Yankee columnists, went on to say that Hughes is starting to find himself and is getting into a rhythm. Oh and don’t forget he is 25-years old.

Well, Hughes is technically still 25-years old for three more weeks but other than that I was shocked at the remarks. Hughes came into 2011 out-of-shape, has never worked hard enough to add a third, strikeout pitch and still both these facts are getting overlooked again.

A rhythm is a regularly recurring pattern, which can be good or bad. Feinsand, and he is not alone, was unquestionably speaking positively about Hughes and the only rhythm I saw was that Hughes only gets wins when the Yankees score 6+ runs.

This whole treatment of Hughes has once again left me dumbfounded, and I leave you with these two questions:

  1. How, after two starts, one against the Royals who can’t win in Kansas City; and the other vs. the offensively anemic Mariners, does this qualify for anything more than beating up on lesser teams?
  2. Would you trust Hughes against any of the other four AL East teams, or any other top team for that matter?

Please someone end my agony, as I am just not seeing any kind of improvement with Hughes except for more inflated analysis of his so-so starts.

Personally, I think Phelps made such a vast improvement between his only two Major League starts that the Yankees should have kept him in the rotation and sent Hughes to the bullpen.

At least try out Phelps for a few more starts to see if he keeps getting better because Hughes certainly doesn’t look much improved unless you are judging it off his four crappy starts before these two.


  1. Tanned Tom says:

    Your agony is only going to get worse, I'll bet you dollars to donuts that Nova gets bumped from the rotation before Hughes does. Though the way he's been pitching he deserves to be bumped. Wouldn't be surprised to see a rotation of
    Sabathia, Kuroda, Pettitte, Hughes and Phelps before too long. I was all for trading Hughes earlier, but Pineda out for the year and Garcia all but unusable I think we gotta keep him and hope for the best.
    And have you followed AJ with the Bucs? 4 very very good starts and one awful one for the ages (12 ERs in 2 innings!). His ERA is over 5.00 already. Hard to know what to make of him, except that it still feels like the right move to have traded him.

  2. You think Nova has been worse than Hughes????
    Hughes has been around for 5 years already, and Nova is who I would want in a big game over Hughes.
    And how does Nova deserve to be bumped over Hughes????
    Hughes will get killed against good teams…not named the Royals and Mariners, in which the Yankees bats scored 16 runs combined. That is CRAZY run support…again masking Hughes issues.
    I have been meaning to check out Burnett….I did about three weeks ago and he had just imploded, it was like his third or fourth start maybe….but I will do now!!!