Hughes notches first quality start since September 26 as Yanks beat Jays 7-2

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So, Phil Hughes.

The Yankee righthander authored his best outing of the season by far, throwing six innings of two-run ball, scattering four hits, walking two and striking out five, and was able to notch his first quality start since September 26, 2010, against Boston, in one of last season’s more pivotal games down the stretch, leading the Yankees to a 7-2 win over Toronto and a split of this weekend’s four-game set. This was Hughes’ first win as a starting pitcher since September 21, 2010.

The good news: Hughes had his best four-seamer in a long time, throwing it between 91-93, picking up strikes 67% of the time — including a big six swing-and-misses — and racking up -1.3526 linear weights. If you placed that linear weights score among his 2010 starts, it would have actually been his 10th-best.

The better news: After all the talk this past week about Hughes reverting to his former curveball grip, he more than backed up his word, as his -1.1172 linear weights on the curve today was better than every single start he made in 2010.… Click here to read the rest

Blue Jays thump Yanks 7-3

So that's where Bautista's beard went. (AP Photo/Paul J. Bereswill)

Bartolo Colon got through the first five innings relatively unscathed (save a first-inning solo Jose Baustista, which happens) before giving up five runs in the sixth inning, which wound being plenty for the Blue Jays, who beat the Yankees 7-3 Monday night.

True to form, the Yankees couldn’t do much of anything against spot starter Carlos Villanueva, who they had previously only seen in two one-inning relief appearances, and so for all intents and purposes he was yet another scrubby-pitcher-the-Yankees-have-never-faced-before-and-were-subsequently-owned by. Villanueva only lasted five innings, but struck five men out and only gave up two hits and one run on a sac fly. Let’s have a round of applause for the offense, who needed to come up big against a guy they knew wouldn’t be in the game forever, and didn’t

On the bright side, the Yankees finally broke the Toronto bullpen’s scoreless streak against them with runs against Jason Frasor and Jon Rauch, but it wouldn’t be enough.… Click here to read the rest