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Holy HELL I Hate it When...
Thursday, September 18, 2008
... Phil Hughes pitches.

Let me explain.

It's not that I dislike the kid - on the contrary, I always root for him and really want him to succeed. He's just so. Freaking. Frustrating. WHY can't he pitch at the major league level this year? He did it last year and showed great potential - getting all of our hopes up! Then this year... the hell? What happened, Philly Cheesesteak?

Here's what he did last year (AKA The Great FOOLED YOU Caper):
Appearances: 13
IP: 72.7
Record: 5-3
ERA: 4.46
WHIP: 1.208
Shining Moment: 5/1/07, when he took a no-hitter into the 6th against the Rangers.

And now let's take a gander at how he's done this year:
Appearances: 7
IP: 26.0
Record: 0-4
ERA: 7.96
WHIP: 2.038
Shining Moment: Um... I guess going 4 innings and giving up 1 run yesterday.

See what I'm saying, munecas? Yes, he only have up 1 run yesterday, but he really didn't look good and it took him 89 pitches to get through it.

Don't get me wrong - I haven't totally given up on the dude. He was rushed into the majors in the first place and he's had a lot of injury problems. There is certainly a chance for a turnaround. It's just painful to watch him at the moment, and I implore any of you to disagree.

BTW: How's that Santana trade deal proposed by the Twins looking now?


posted by Yankees Chick @ Thursday, September 18, 2008  
  • At 1:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Well...like you say he was rushed into the biggies and maybe he just needs more confidence and bulk, aka training, not juice. I give him another year, maybe two to make it and think he will. On the other hand, IK may not have all the talent he thinks he has, i.e. not so fast fastball. Keep Hughes, try to get someone for IK.

  • At 6:53 AM, Blogger YankeeFiend23 said…

    Do you forget his first outing of the year? 6IP, 2runs, 1BB and 4Ks. It was after that when he began to struggle. I think that he may have been dealing with the rib injury longer than he let on.

    Take into account the pressure on him being the "wonder-boy" to good to trade for Johan Santana. Then factor in the roster member ready to have his face put on band aides and I could see him wanting to play through it. He had a lot to live up to as a 22 year old in a media crazed city. We all know how quickly NY can turn on a ball player, right Arod?

    I know the fact that the Yankees may not (math hasn't said it is a definitive no yet so.....) make the playoffs has darkened your view of what remains of this season but all is well. Hughes will be the "wonder-boy" all Yankees fans will remember as the best trade not made.

    How would you like to see the off season unfold for the Yanks?

    Just in case Hughes and Joba read this blog: "STOP PLAYING VIDEO GAMES!!!!!!!! THEY STRAIN ARM AND ELBOW TENDONS!!!!!"

  • At 12:49 PM, Blogger YankeeFiend23 said…

    Food for thought.......
    What if (anything is possible) Andy has a perfect game or no-no going into the 9th, do you still send out Mo?

  • At 10:22 PM, Anonymous Joe said…

    Sigh, I could've sworn that I argued with someone on your site about how passing on the Santana deal was the dumbest thing the Yankees did in nearly a decade.

    Hughes' confidence is busted, as is Kennedy's so HOPEFULLY next year, big name pitchers will be brought in (again, hopefully) and the youngsters will sit in the minors. Tough luck.

    Many will argue that the Yankees need to be a "younger" team — news flash! The Yankees have always rode the "Money Train" and it's been pretty darn successful. If it aint broken, don't fix it.

  • At 4:13 AM, Blogger Dionisio said…

    the deal still sucks, retard

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