• Skipping & Splitting Phil Hughes

    Posted by on June 22nd, 2010 · Comments (8)

    So much is being made of the Yankees call to skip Phil Hughes’ next turn. Here’s the skinny via Pete Caldera

    Phil Hughes will skip a turn in the rotation. For his own good.

    “It’s something I knew was coming,” Hughes said, conscious of the Yankees’ prescribed innings limit. The prized right-hander, who turns 24 on Thursday, added, “It was just a matter of when and how and all that sort of stuff.”

    With 82 1/3 innings and 13 starts under his belt, the time is now.

    On this western swing, the Yankees have off-dates Thursday and Monday, which permits manager Joe Girardi to keep his other starters on regular rest.

    Hughes understands. But that didn’t take away from his disappointment, especially since he’s being skipped at Dodger Stadium. Hughes, who grew up in Southern California, had family members looking forward to seeing him pitch in person.

    “It’s definitely disappointing. But Joe told me if I wasn’t disappointed, he’d be a little worried,” said Hughes, who spoke in his usual even tone. “Sometimes, it’s what needs to be done. So, I’ll take advantage of the few extra days off and prepare for Seattle.”

    Here’s something to consider – looking at Hughes’ 13 starts this year:

    Phil Hughes’ first six starts of the season: 39 IP & an ERA of 1.38
    Phil Hughes’ last seven starts this season: 43.1 IP & an ERA of 4.78

    Are things catching up with Phil? Maybe…so, perhaps this is a good time for a time-out?

    Comments on Skipping & Splitting Phil Hughes

    1. tampayankeefan
      June 22nd, 2010 | 10:02 am

      Let the stupidity begin. This is how Brainless Brian and Clueless Joe destroyed Joba last year. Nolan Ryan is right they baby this pitcher way to much. Whitey Ford Threw over 200 innings his first year and had to ride a bus from game to game, did not have a masseuse or advanced training protocols yet pitched a pretty long MLB career.

    2. BOHAN
      June 22nd, 2010 | 12:20 pm

      tampayankeefan wrote:

      Let the stupidity begin. This is how Brainless Brian and Clueless Joe destroyed Joba last year. Nolan Ryan is right they baby this pitcher way to much. Whitey Ford Threw over 200 innings his first year and had to ride a bus from game to game, did not have a masseuse or advanced training protocols yet pitched a pretty long MLB career.

      i agree that they baby pitchers to much… but they didnt ruin joba last year tey ruined joba before that… throw him back and forth between the pen and the rotation

    3. Mr. Sparkle
      June 22nd, 2010 | 1:58 pm

      The numbers showing Phil’s first six vs. last seven starts don’t mean much to me. He’s not as dominant as the first six, but probably not as bad as the last seven…he’s about in between. However, screwing around with his starts and skipping him is probably only going to produce more of the latter and less of the former.

      I know most people discount won-loss record, but his 10-1 is very reflective of how effective he’s been. I also think that by now in his career, he has to have stretched his arm out plenty. Especially given the amount of pitches he threw last year that weren’t counted…all those times warming up in the pen, getting ready to pitch the 8th.

      And why not wait until Burnett starts to straighten out before removing Hughes from the rotation? It just doesn’t make sense right now to pull Hughes.

    4. Corey Italiano
      June 22nd, 2010 | 2:13 pm

      @ Mr. Sparkle:
      Nice handle. Just want to point out that the Mr. Sparkle episode of the simpsons is one of my favorites.

    5. 77yankees
      June 22nd, 2010 | 7:33 pm

      Right now you’d have to consider Hughes to be the leading candidate to start the All Star Game. Wonder how that will work out?

    6. Corey Italiano
      June 22nd, 2010 | 7:49 pm

      77yankees wrote:

      Right now you’d have to consider Hughes to be the leading candidate to start the All Star Game. Wonder how that will work out?

      Fans don’t pick the starter. Give it to Price, and let Hughes pitch the third and then take him out.

    7. Evan3457
      June 23rd, 2010 | 1:08 am

      tampayankeefan wrote:

      Let the stupidity begin. This is how Brainless Brian and Clueless Joe destroyed Joba last year. Nolan Ryan is right they baby this pitcher way to much. Whitey Ford Threw over 200 innings his first year and had to ride a bus from game to game, did not have a masseuse or advanced training protocols yet pitched a pretty long MLB career.

      In the first place, they’re not using the “Joba rules” again. Their using the “Porcello Rules”.

      In the second place, there is a very real and noticeable dropoff in young pitchers (as a group) who pitch more than 30 innings above their previous season. The Yankees are right to take that seriously. Whether this is the best way….nobody knows.

    8. Evan3457
      June 23rd, 2010 | 1:10 am

      BOHAN wrote:
      I agree that they baby pitchers to much… but they didnt ruin joba last year they ruined joba before that… throw him back and forth between the pen and the rotation

      They broke Joba into the rotation exactly as planned, and he was pitching brilliantly, so it was working…until he hurt his arm, and lost some stuff. So they wisely backed off it, and kept him in the pen, protecting his arm. That’s the long and short of Joba’s 2008.

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