Archive for September 13th, 2008

Saturday, September 13th, 2008

Yankees Call-up Hughes, Could Start Wed

Yankees Rumors & News

As a 20-year-old pitching in Trenton Phil Hughes made a name for himself as he completely dominated hitters at the double-A level.

Last season Hughes was rushed up to the major leagues and impressed right away as he nearly threw a no-hitter in his very first start. Everything after that was a different story as Hughes dealt with random injuries and ineffectiveness.

This season has also been injury marred and out of focus, but after rehabbing from a rib injury Hughes made a risky decision to stop throwing his slider and instead has begun to throw a cutter. He has also renewed his focus on improving his changeup.

It is likely the decision to change his repertoire that kept Hughes in the minor leagues after his rehab stint ended. That would give him time to work on the pitches in a no pressure situation and the move seems to be paying off.

Lately Hughes has regained his dominant form in triple-A …

Yankees Rumors & News

As I’ve stated before there are many factors that led to this disappointing 2008 season. Offense, defense, pitching, manager, general manager. Today we focus on Joe Girardi.

“I take responsibility for it, that’s the only way I know how to do it,” Girardi said. “Obviously, my job is to get the most out of everyone.”

Well it appears he didn’t. Somewhere along the way I believe he lost his players. Melky Cabrera had a good April, then disappeared. Robinson Cano forgot that he was the second coming of Rod Carew in the first half, and even at times in the second half. Those are two players that played well under Joe Torre, oops, I shouldn’t have mentioned that name. More on him later. Phil Hughes and Ian Kennedy were absolute busts. Kennedy didn’t seem bothered by his last performance in Anahiem where he was rocked again and thought he pitched well. That got him a first class ticket back to the …

Yankees Rumors & News

The end of September is nearing and so is the end of the Yankees’ season. It’s a shame we didn’t get more out of this team than we did. Currently, they stand 9.5 games out of the wild card and are in FOURTH place. My goodness! The Yankees are in fourth place in September. What the heck happened?

There isn’t really one thing you can put to blame on this season. The bullpen was ineffective at times, so was the starting rotation, so was the offense, so was the defense. Injuries also plagued the Yanks this season. Ace Chien-Ming Wang, catcher Jorge Posada, Joba Chamberlain, Hideki Matsui, and Alex Rodriguez all missed significant time this season. Manager Joe Girardi did his best with the hand he was dealt this season but it ultimately wasn’t enough as the Yanks season will end on September 28th in Fenway Park. How fitting.

The Yankees will move into the offseason with questions surrounding their GM, their first baseman, their centerfielder, their …

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