• July 30th @ The Rays

    Posted by on July 30th, 2010 · Comments (8)

    What is it about my luck that I watch/write up all the frustrating losses?  Once again, the Yankee lineup was completely stymied, resulting in a 3-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays.

    The (Sort-Of) Good:

    • Phil Hughes pitched fairly well (6 4 3 3 2 6) and deserved better but, alas, sometimes a pitcher can pitch well and still lose.  The truth of the matter is that Hughes’s one mistake — a monster three-run homer by RF Matt Joyce — was the difference in the game.As far as Hughes’s pitching is concerned, he had plus velocity on his fastball and the curveball was sharp most of the time.

      One thing concerns me, however: during the broadcast, John Flaherty mentioned that the Yanks were talking of shelving Hughes’s cutter because they felt the pitch was altering his mechanics and causing his pitches to flatten out.

      If so, does that mean all the progress that Hughes made through last year is undone?  Is he back to being a two-pitch pitcher?  That’s disconcerting.  Oddly, however (barring Pitch F/X misclassification), Hughes threw 39 cutters to 35 four seamers and 30 curves.

    • I’ll give credit where it’s due; #62 looked better tonight than he has in months.  Seriously.  He still has no business pitching any sort of high leverage innings but baby steps are important.

    The Bad:

    • Apart from a two-run, three-hit first inning, the Yanks never threatened Wade Davis or the Rays bullpen.  Four measly hits, two by Cano.  How can the Yankees be so Jekyll/Hyde on offense all the time?  It’s maddening.
    • As far as I’m concerned, A-Rod is officially pressing.  The deeper the Yanks went into this game, the longer his swing got.  It’s time to work with Kevin Long on shortening that swing again…

    Leading 2-0 with two outs in the sixth is certainly and losing to Tampa 3-2 hurts the soul but it hurts the standings even more.  If the Yanks want to keep first place all to themselves, they need to find a way to beat Matt Garza tomorrow.

    Comments on July 30th @ The Rays

    1. Evan3457
      July 30th, 2010 | 10:20 pm

      Very frustrating loss. Davis pitched a great game

      And yes, the return of A-Rod’s helicopter Home Run swing was very noticeable tonight.

    2. Zach
      July 30th, 2010 | 11:02 pm

      And, the Yankees trade for Austin Kearns. I guess Juan Miranda’s days in the big leagues are over.

    3. Evan3457
      July 30th, 2010 | 11:30 pm

      Berkman in for Miranda; Kearns in for Curtis.

    4. July 30th, 2010 | 11:45 pm

      Hughes pitched A LOT better than I expected in this game. Mea culpa. But, Davis – wow. Sans that one mistake trying to get a quick cookie strike on Swish, he was the real deal. Kudos, by the way, to Nick, for jumping on that pitch.

      It’s clear that A-Rod is now pressing. Granted, I didn’t see any blue lips this evening. But, as Evan said, “helicopter Home Run swing was very noticeable tonight.”

      Worst part about tonight? End of the game. Rays were all smiles and the Yankees had looks on their faces that I haven’t seen since the end of Game 6 of the 2004 ALCS…

    5. July 30th, 2010 | 11:46 pm

      BTW, tomorrow is huge. A loss there erases the entire year to date and turns 2010 into a 60-game season.

    6. ken
      July 31st, 2010 | 10:54 am

      Steve Lombardi wrote:

      BTW, tomorrow is huge. A loss there erases the entire year to date and turns 2010 into a 60-game season.

      Well, a sweep would be huge. Losing Sat but picking up a win with CC on Sunday is something we can live with. Also, if Friday’s game is any indicator of how Hughes and Joba will pitch the rest of the season then I’ll live with the loss.

      And one other thing, I really don’t care that much about division or WC. So long as BOS keeps coughing up games and stays out of the WC race then there is nothing to get overly concerned about. (BTW, anyone see Papi’s grand slam in 9th but still lost to DET? The Sox are starting to lose games like the Mets do.)

    7. Evan3457
      July 31st, 2010 | 11:04 pm

      Steve Lombardi wrote:

      BTW, tomorrow is huge. A loss there erases the entire year to date and turns 2010 into a 60-game season.

      So…the Yanks won, 5-4.

      So…the season’s over? Yanks win? :)

      No? :(

    8. July 31st, 2010 | 11:43 pm

      @ Evan3457:
      No season is not over, all locked up. But, it means the Yankees still control their own fate…which is better than not being in that spot.

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