Through the first five innings, Phil Hughes looked pretty good tonight. He wasn’t lights-out. But, it was a solid outing (to that point): 5 innings, 80 pitches, 4 hits, 2 walks, and just one run allowed.
Early in the game, Hughes was getting ahead of batters most of the time – but, he did, still, allow himself to work-up some deep counts at times too.
What happened in the sixth? I don’t think he was gassed – as the TV gun still had his fastball at 91 MPH in that frame. Maybe he lost a little command of the curve? I’m not sure. In any event, when Hughes was lifted, he was still in a spot, with a little luck, to have a decent statistical outing. But, La Troy Hawkins made sure that didn’t happen.
I just hope this doesn’t turn into one of those things where it’s May 12th and Hughes is still waiting for his first “W” of the season. That’s not going to help him or the team.
At the end of the day, whatever happened for the Yankees pitchers in this one didn’t matter much. Outside of Chad Moeller, the Yankees offense was not impressive.
I swear, someday, Daniel Cabrera is going to pitch for the Yankees. Just a gut feeling. Yes, his career numbers are terrible. But, he’s had some games against the Yankees that standout – albeit due to his talent or the Yankees being flat. I just fear someone in the Yankees front office is taking notes off those good games and putting a star next to his name for future reference. Hopefully I’m wrong on this one.