• Phil Hughes One Year Later – Vs. Tigers Again

    Posted by on April 28th, 2009 · Comments (6)

    Phil Hughes gets the start this evening for the Yankees, April 28th, against the Tigers.

    Almost one year ago to the day, Hughes also started a game for the Yankees, on April 29, 2008, against the Tigers.

    In that game, Phil Hughes went 3.2 innings, throwing 82 pitches, allowing 11 baserunners and 6 earned runs.

    Here’s a flashback to some commentary on that game:

    Actually, what was most interesting about this game was listening to John Flaherty and Al Leiter, on the YES coverage, go to town about how Phil Hughes’ 89-92 MPH fastball was straight with little movement, and, that, along with just a curve was not enough to retire big league batters on a consistent basis. I believe Leiter referred to Hughes’ fastball as being a ‘hittable speed.’ (The two also went on to talk about how Hughes needs to feature – or even just show – a slider or change-up on a more regular basis to be more effective.)

    Actually, what Flaherty and Leiter were saying today ties right into David Cone’s point on Hughes the other day – that after the line-up sees him once, they pretty much have him sized up.

    Of course, right after that start, we found out that Hughes had a busted rib and bad eyes.

    It will be very interesting to see the change, if any, in Phil Hughes this evening – and what the Yankees announcers have to say about him this time. How do you think Hughes will do?

    Comments on Phil Hughes One Year Later – Vs. Tigers Again

    1. Corey
      April 28th, 2009 | 9:31 am

      today ties right into David Cone’s point on Hughes the other day
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      hmmmm so i think im gonna start campaigning for Cone to be the next pitching coach

    2. Corey
      April 28th, 2009 | 9:35 am

      How do you think Hughes will do?
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      today is tough for Phil IMO…if he pitches poorly, it is magnified even more due to the yankees losing streak…if he pitches well, however, he’s looked at as the savior and a revitalized man…hope he does well, but I just don’t have a good feeling…

    3. ken
      April 28th, 2009 | 9:57 am

      Hope for the best and expect the worst.

      I do believe that the Yanks will turn things around but it may not happen tonight. It’s alot of pressure on the kid. Best scenario is giving him a lead. But then again, we had leads in every game last weekend.

    4. Raf
      April 28th, 2009 | 10:05 am

      Hope for the best and expect the worst.
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      And get something in between.

      I don’t think he’s feeling as much pressure as some may think.

    5. April 28th, 2009 | 10:09 am

      I just hope Hughes doesn’t pull a Pavano and get hurt. Then again, the big league D.L. does pay better than the minor league D.L….. ;-)

    6. April 28th, 2009 | 11:03 pm

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