In Praise of Phil Hughes

[image title=”Hughes in Boston” size=”full” id=”17502″ align=”center” linkto=”full” ] So, about last night.  Let’s see, Nick Johnson went down with a wrist injury.  Josh Beckett beaned Robinson Cano and Derek Jeter and brushed back Francisco Cervelli two separate times.  Alex Rodriguez and CC Sabathia both screamed at Beckett from the dugout, and then Sabathia called out Dallas Braden in his postgame interview.  Somewhere in the midst of all the crazy was Phil Hughes, who pitched a gem.  Facing the Red Sox in Boston, Hughes straight dominant.  Over 7 innings, Hughes threw 101 pitches, 70 of which were strikes.  He allowed Continue reading In Praise of Phil Hughes

Thankfully there are only two of these this year

Loyal readers will recall the analysis we did just before the season began of how the Yankees have fared at Fenway Park since 2003. And even loyaler (probably not a word) readers will remember that I despise having to watch the Yankees play the Red Sox at Fenway Park on Saturday afternoons. Not only are the 4pm start times (although today’s is at 3pm for some reason) mildly annoying, but to add insult to injury the game is ALWAYS on Fox, which means we are treated to the absolute horror show that is a Joe Buck/Tim McCarver baseball broadcast. But Continue reading Thankfully there are only two of these this year

Yankee Injury Situation Should Be Expected

After finishing the semester from hell, I will now be returning to 1-2 posts per day. And I’d like to start with something that I’ve been thinking about for some time. The Yankees have had a bad week on the injury front. To recap, they are: Curtis Granderson is to miss about a month with a groin pull. Nick Johnson to miss an undetermined amount of time with a wrist injury. Andy Pettitte to miss at least one start with elbow inflammation. Jorge Posada has missed several games with a knee issue, and may miss more going forward. Alex Rodriguez Continue reading Yankee Injury Situation Should Be Expected

And two of the opposition would go down

When I was in elementary school my dad came home from a business trip with a video that Dave Winfield gave a colleague of his. Once I was finally finished hyperventilating about my dad meeting Dave Winfield, I fell in love with the video. It was called “Grand Slam” and it was a beautiful, well produced, propaganda documentary about the entire history of baseball, until 1987, which was the present, back then. I could talk about that entire movie from start to finish. It embodies so much of why I love baseball, but right now I remember the segment on Continue reading And two of the opposition would go down

Be careful about reading Josh Beckett’s mind

On last night’s YES broadcast, much was made by Michael Kay in the 6th inning about how Josh Beckett seemed “disinterested” after the Gardner walk. That he was hitting batters intentionally to force Tito Francona’s hand and get him out of a game that he no longer wanted to compete in. This sentiment was echoed by many fans around the message boards and blogosphere. Folks, be careful about trying to read Josh Beckett’s mind. The claim that he intentionally was throwing at batters last night will never be proven one way or the other, without an admission from Josh himself. Continue reading Be careful about reading Josh Beckett’s mind

Be careful about reading Josh Beckett's mind

On last night’s YES broadcast, much was made by Michael Kay in the 6th inning about how Josh Beckett seemed “disinterested” after the Gardner walk. That he was hitting batters intentionally to force Tito Francona’s hand and get him out of a game that he no longer wanted to compete in. This sentiment was echoed by many fans around the message boards and blogosphere. Folks, be careful about trying to read Josh Beckett’s mind. The claim that he intentionally was throwing at batters last night will never be proven one way or the other, without an admission from Josh himself. Continue reading Be careful about reading Josh Beckett's mind

Yanks thump Sox 10-3 as Hughes improves to 4-0

Well, that was a strange game. The Yankees beat the Red Sox 10-3 on Friday night, although it certainly didn’t look like a game that would end up with a stereotypical Fenway Park final score after the first three innings. Josh Beckett came out of the gate like a man possessed, firing 96-mph and 95-mph cheese while striking out five of the first six batters he faced. Phil Hughes wasn’t quite that overpowering but still matched Beckett, holding the Red Sox hitless through the first three frames. The Yankees finally got to Beckett in the fourth, as a Mark Teixeira Continue reading Yanks thump Sox 10-3 as Hughes improves to 4-0

Johnson leaves game with sore wrist

In the 5th inning of today’s game, which is still underway, Marcus Thames pinch-hit for the Yankees’ designated hitter, Nick Johnson. In the 6th inning, we learned that Johnson had been pulled due to a “sore right wrist.” Now, this could be a big problem for the Yankees given that Johnson played in 38 games in 2008, only to miss the rest of the season after tearing a tendon in the same right wrist (I’ve written about it before). Johnson has also missed some time earlier in his career – 2003 and 2002 – with similar right wrist issues. We’ll have more Continue reading Johnson leaves game with sore wrist

Has Johnson’s mechanical changes hurt him?

Here’s an interesting bit of text via Bryan Hoch from early March: The goal is to cut out the movement of Johnson’s back foot in the box, which should help him generate power. “I’m just trying not to drift, trying to be more direct,” Johnson said. “I’m working on turning my back foot. When I don’t do it, I slide. That’s what I’ve done pretty much my whole career.” The flaw was something that [Kevin] Long identified shortly after the Yankees signed Johnson to a one-year, $5.75 million contract to serve as their designated hitter, replacing World Series MVP Hideki Continue reading Has Johnson’s mechanical changes hurt him?