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.
- 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.