Phil Hughes is a mirror image of the Yankee offense these days. The Yanks seem to score most of their runs via the long ball, and Hughes seems to only allow runs if they leave the park. Sir Phillip of Hughes (6-5 4.76 ERA) was...
This new-found admiration does not mean that Collins always makes the right moves in the dugout. Last night’s decision to have Jordany Valdespin pinch hit for a much more experienced Scott Hairston in the ninth inning seemed particularly jarring. But otherwise, these New York Mets have played way over their talent level and Collins has to get some of the credit. The team is four games over their Pythagorean win-loss projection based on their run differential.
But it is more than that. It was his emotional response to allowing Johan Santana remain in the game to finish his no-hitter. It was obvious how much Collins cared about his pitcher and that pitcher’s health. The old Terry Collins would not have been of that particular mindset. And when things go wrong, he is the first to take the blame. He blamed his own decision to give that same Santana extra rest for Santana’s recent bad outing against the Yankees. His backing of Ike Davis despite the first baseman’s epic struggles speaks to his understanding of how much his team cares about Davis and his future.…
Chris Dickerson went 2-4 with a run scored and a double. Laird was 2-5 with a pair of doubles and two RBIs. The Yankees were 2-16 with runners in scoring position, leaving 12 runners on the bases. Dellin Betances went just 4.1 innings and gave up seven runs on seven hits, four walks and six Ks.
Trenton got blanked by Binghamton losing 12-0:
Josh Rodriguez started the game with a triple for the Mets, scoring on a single from Matt Den Dekker. A homer by Rylan Sandoval gave Binghamton a 2-0 edge. They doubled their lead in the fourth and continued to add runs in the late innings. The Thunder had a few opportunities to score during the game. Trailing 2-0 Yadil Mujica and Jose Pirela both singled, but they came up empty. A lead-off double by Abraham Almonte in the sixth proved fruitless as well. With a twelve-run deficit in the eighth, the Yankees loaded the bases with no outs, as Mujica reached on an error and Almonte and Pirela each singled. …
Phil Hughes was not nearly as efficient as he was in his last start. By the time he left with one out in the seventh, he had thrown 108 pitches. But he walked only one batter all night and other than two solo homers by Quintanilla and David Wright, kept the Yankees in the game and allowed them to take back the lead and gain the victory. Hughes struck out six batters. The homers allowed by Hughes and the other Yankee starters has been the subject of much discussion this season, but if those homers lead to only two runs and add up to a quality start and a win, the Yankees will take that all season from Hughes.
The other topic of discussion all season has been the Yankees’ record with men on base, men in scoring position and when the bases are loaded. Tonight’s game was a mixed bag. Derek Jeter snapped a seventeen at-bat skid without a hit in the first inning with a broken bat single.…
Phil Hughes looks to keep rolling tonight facing the crosstown rival Mets.
Here’s your lineups from Chad over at LoHud:
Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Alex Rodriguez DH
Robinson Cano 2B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Raul Ibanez LF
Nick Swisher RF
Eric Chavez 3B