It is no secret that I am not a Phil Hughes fan.
Out of respect I kept my mouth shut over the last three weeks instead of pointing out the obvious that Hughes three wins were against terrible teams, and the Yankees scored 19 runs in those three games combined.
In that back of my mind I marked his start in Anaheim as the game that Hughes would either prove me totally wrong, or completely right.
And unfortunately for the Yankees I was correct as the Halos bats shattered Hughes.
The Yankees handed Hughes a three run lead in the first-inning against Angels ace Jared Weaver.
Weaver left the mound after throwing just 12 pitches with a lower back injury, and no pitcher could dream up entering a game in a better place. Not that I root for any player to get injured ever but it is much easier to get run support at the hands of the Halos bullpen, which is basically required when is Hughes on the hill.
Instead, in typical Hughes-form, he was once again totally useless against a solid line-up and proved that eight runs scored is still not enough.
Still, Yankee fans, GM Brain Cashman and skipper Joe Girardi are so brainwashed they continually excuse Hughes’ garbage outings, as this one was chalked up as just a bad start.
Well it is time to wake up because, as a starter, Hughes cannot beat playoff caliber teams. So, if the Yankees are still planning to be playing baseball come October this is a major issue.
Hughes gave up 11 hits, was tagged for seven earned runs, fanned just three and lasted only 4.5 innings. He gave up the 3-0 lead immediately in the first inning; and even though the Yankees offense battled back, Hughes was once again useless.
And as usual Girardi is keeping Hughes in the rotation, as Newsday reported the skipper had this to say in the post-game, after the Yankees 9-8 loss:
“I think it’s always important for players to have bounce- back nights. Pitchers, I think it’s really important for them and for us as a team. He’s had to bounce back after some bad starts already this year and he put together a decent streak, so maybe he can get on another streak.”
Well, brace yourselves Yankee fans, as Hughes will face Tigers ace Justin Verlander this Sunday in Detroit; and this one could get really ugly, really fast.
Just like the Halos, the Tigers have been awful this season so facing Hughes could be just what the doctor ordered to get themselves back on track.
Bottom line is there is no doubt that Hughes stinks, so these losses are on Girardi and GM Brian Cashman for keeping him in the rotation. It is irresponsible and not in the Yankees best interests at all.
Christian minister Edwin Louis Cole once said:
“You don’t drown by falling in the water; you drown by staying there.”