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Top Ten Tuesdays: Simmer Down Now
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Like many of y'all, Hughsie and I-Ken have been on my mind a lot lately. Their underwhelming performances to start the year are troubling, but even with a 8+ ERA between the two of them I still can't bring myself to get all worked up about it. Perhaps I'm being too forgiving, because I love these dudes and have been looking forward to their contributions to the team, but I am holding out hope that they'll both turn things around in due time.

If you're unsure or already counting them out, I implore you to take a gander at this here listy and reconsider that position...

Top Ten Reasons Not to Stress About Hughsie and IPK

10) The Yanks are obviously super-impressed by them, especially I-Ken. You don't put a 23-year-old pitcher off limits when making a bid for the best pitcher in the game unless you are pretty damn sure he's going to be something good.
9) Could YOU pitch in front of 50,000 demanding fans at age 21?
8) Plenty of starters - young and old - have rough Aprils, and we don't spazz about most of them.
7) Young pitchers are more likely to be coached out of the trouble - they are less stuck in their ways and bad habits.
6) Continuing with #7, there is no reason to believe that they wouldn't be eager learners and receptive to coaching. They are good kids with good attitudes - they want to succeed and will work heard to get there.
5) Remember last year?
4) Despite their records and scary ERA's, the scouting reports really aren't that disheartening. Their problem is just that they aren't locating yet; they haven't lost velocity.
3) Girardi doesn't seem too concerned...
2) ... And neither do they. Confidence in your abilities speaks volumes.
1) They're 21 and 23. Calm down.

Read last week's Top Ten: Random and Newbie Performances


posted by Yankees Chick @ Tuesday, April 22, 2008  
  • At 3:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    But Hughes HAS lost velocity. When he was in the minors and most notably playing at the Futures game he was sitting at 94-95. His arm angles and leg motion have changed.

  • At 3:52 PM, Blogger Nesto said…

    Ian Kennedy just seems to erriely very similar to Tyler Clippard. I mean they both have average stuff and good control. Clippard just couldn't make it in NY. With no control Kennedy is just plain awful since he doesnt have to be effectively wild. Its true that its too early to panic but I have more faith in Hughes than Kennedy because Hughes has better stuff and almost more of a minor league track record. It almost seems like every year that some yankee prospect come out of the woodwork to have one good year, and the hype machine starts to roll. About Kennedy being untouchable in the potential santana trade doesn't really mean much. For example, the Red Sox didn't want to trade Casey Fossum for Bartolo Colon. Colon went to have a couple good yrs and a cy young. Fossum has pretty much become just a spare part on a minor league.

    Keep up the good work with the blog. Oh and lighten up on Farnworthless, what were you really expecting from him anyway.

  • At 9:07 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Hey Chickers,

    Sorry to hear that the "NY Young'ins" are doing to well (well not really sorry). Too bad they couldn't help contribute to a 6 game winning streak like the kids are doing up in Boston.

    Ellesbury goes 3 for 5 with 2 HRs. Pedroia goes 4-5 with 3 2Bs. Bucholtz toes-the-line the other day with 8 innings and a win! and Papelbon gets his league leading 7th save last night!

    The best part of all of this is that they all have WS Rings and have no pressure to succeed. People play better without the pressure of an over-excited/not very patient fan base like in NY.

    I'll take Dustin and Jacoby's salary ($1 mil together) than have to deal with the $51 mil ARod and Giamibo are sucking out of NY anyday! How's that working for you? Not to mention Damon, Mussina, Jeter, Matsui, Pettite Posada and Rivera all over-the-hill and unable to stay healthy.

    Doesn't look very good for YankeeLand today!

  • At 10:23 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I thought I heard somewhere that they wanted Phil and Ian to concentrate on location more so than velocity. This would help them progress with that while saving some arm strength for later in the season. Just ask Farsworthless how going all out on the velocity can take away from locating your pitches.

    Also, I think that some shotty and uninspired defense isn't helping. Is it just me or:

    1) does Abreu seem to be going at less than full speed most of the time? I've seen numerous balls hit his way this year that he just seems to jog to like hes in no big hurry.

    2) Why, WHY, must they put Johnny "freebase", "and1", "my-great-grandma-throws-harder" Damon in the outfield. Jim Thome, JIM FUCKIN THOME, was able to take an extra base, just like every other player does, when the ball is hit damons way. I hated that signing then and do more so now. WHO CARES HOW MUCH MONEY HE MAKES, BENCH HIS ASS!!!!!!!


  • At 3:50 PM, Blogger andyroth said…

    Unfortunately you and the rest of the Yankee world don't see the reality when it comes to Hughes and IPK. Since day one all I've seen out of Hughes is a 91 MPH that is flat and has no late explosiveness. When he mislocates on the major league level he pays for it. As for Kennedy his fastball is awful. 87 and straight as an arrow. Cashman has always been an awful evaluator of pitching talent and should've been fired years ago. The only HOLY ONE of the Trinity is Joba. It was so easy to see from the beginning that he had major stuff and talent. Hughes and Kennedy DO NOT.

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