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Hughes Knows?

It’s Phil Hughes and Who Knows What?

Brett Gardner CF
Robinson Cano 2B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Travis Hafner DH
Vernon Wells LF
Kevin Youkilis 3B
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Jayson Nix SS
Austin Romine C

Never mind last night:

Let’s Go Yank-ees!

[Photo Credit: Photo Jo Jo]

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1 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Jun 12, 2013 8:40 pm

Hmm..Phil Hughes against Oakland..swelteringly humid Rainy Season day here..in need of some refreshment to get through the late morning. The lineup IS looking a bit better these days though.

2 monkeypants   ~  Jun 12, 2013 8:52 pm

[1] The lineup IS looking a bit better these days though.

It's the comforting image of Vernon Wells in the middle of the order.

3 Hank Waddles   ~  Jun 12, 2013 8:57 pm

And lemme just say that one of my favorite things of this season has been the success of Brett Gardner. He's been my favorite supporting player for a few years now, and I was really disappointed when he was injured last year. It really felt like we might've seen the last of him as a Yankee. It wouldn't have been a surprise if he had struggled after being out for almost an entire year. I'm not sure if he can keep this up, but if he ends the season at .280 or above, that has to bode well for the Yankees' chances.

4 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Jun 12, 2013 8:58 pm

[3] I really love his game too, but with his speed shouldn't he be swiping 50 EASY bases a year?

5 Hank Waddles   ~  Jun 12, 2013 9:15 pm

[4] Definitely. In years past I could understand why they might want him to stay put on first and wait for a home run or a double in the gap, even if I didn't agree with the idea, but with this team I'd like to see him go on the first or second pitch whenever he reaches. If Girardi worries that would take the bat out of Canó's hands, then he should adjust the lineup accordingly. But even that ended up giving Canó an extra twenty walks over the course of the year, I'd still prefer seeing Teixeira hit with runners on first and second over Canó with just a runner on first.

6 monkeypants   ~  Jun 12, 2013 9:20 pm

[4] He seems to have gotten worse as a base stealer, He seems like the stereotypic fast-but-not-a-great-baserunner, but he wasn't that way a few years ago. I wonder if he was always a bad base stealer, but he was able to outrun the ball, and now he's lost a half a step---still really fast, but not bend light fast.

[3] I love the idea of Brett Gardner, but I am not confident that he has a long career ahead of him. I always figured that since he developed at such a slow, deliberate pace, he pretty much has a brief window of a few years as a productive player. So I too as disappointed by his injury last year, because I feared that it cost him one of his peak seasons. That said, he seems to have bounced back nicely this year. I would like to see him keep his OBP at .350 or higher.

7 monkeypants   ~  Jun 12, 2013 9:22 pm

[5] He's only 10 for 15 in SB attempts. He needs to improve his ratio or it's better that he not run so often.

8 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Jun 12, 2013 9:24 pm

[6] I think with his glove and a .350 OBP he can play for many more years. [10] 10 for 15 isn't great but didn't he start 0 for 3?

20 pitches for Hughes already..

9 monkeypants   ~  Jun 12, 2013 9:31 pm

[8] But can he maintain .350 OBP? He's already 29 an it looks like his walk rate is dropping, meaning his OBP will be more BA dependent. Plus, his game is very speed dependent, and speed is one of the skills that tends to go with age. I doubt hes a starter for more than another two or three years.

He started 0-2, I think.

10 Ara Just Fair   ~  Jun 12, 2013 9:37 pm

Atta boy, Phil.

11 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Jun 12, 2013 9:42 pm

[10] Hey be nice, that was Brandon Moss batting there. BRANDON MOSS, one of the best power hitters of our time!

12 Chyll Will   ~  Jun 12, 2013 10:01 pm

[11] Hey, did you notice the man in the cronut?

13 Chyll Will   ~  Jun 12, 2013 10:23 pm

Geez, either tonight's game really sucks or I discovered some new game thread kryptonite... I don't think it would take that long to see it, so...

14 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Jun 12, 2013 10:25 pm

(13) At lunch. Listening to Oakland radio feed..this game slightly less boring than a Japanese political speech..slightly...

What's a cronut?

15 Ara Just Fair   ~  Jun 12, 2013 10:42 pm

Hawks-Bruins going to a 2nd overtime. Wouldn't mind seeing a run score for the Yankees here.

16 Chyll Will   ~  Jun 12, 2013 10:44 pm

[14] See today's Taster's Cherce...

17 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Jun 12, 2013 10:47 pm

[16] Hah! I will pass on trying a cronut.

18 Ara Just Fair   ~  Jun 12, 2013 11:31 pm

Yikes. Bad call.

19 Ara Just Fair   ~  Jun 12, 2013 11:39 pm

You're killin' me, Robbie!

20 Boatzilla   ~  Jun 12, 2013 11:54 pm

Nice work, Lardass.

21 Mattpat11   ~  Jun 12, 2013 11:54 pm

There are Yankee fans that enjoy watching Phil Hughes and Joba Chamberlain and like having them on the team. This befuddles me.

22 Boatzilla   ~  Jun 12, 2013 11:56 pm

Jazz, I hate this weather more than anything. Everything is wet. Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeverything is wet.

I went through two dress shirts yesterday. Had to do my dog and pony show in the evening. By the time I was ready to go, my shirt was toast.

23 Boatzilla   ~  Jun 12, 2013 11:59 pm

[21] There are Yankee fans that boo A-Rod when he strikes out. There are Yankee fans that booed Jeter! There are Yankee fans that booed Latroy Hawkins for wearing Paul O'Neil's old number.

Most Yankee fans aren't exactly sophisticated or very deep.

24 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Jun 13, 2013 12:01 am

Been so many years,down so many roads..
since those Golden Days of Generation Tre..

25 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Jun 13, 2013 12:03 am

[22] I almost changed my shirt on the crowded rush hour train this morning..was already sweating and had that awful feeling of being pished up against other sweaty salarymen while the air con blew straight down on us..Blechh...

26 Ara Just Fair   ~  Jun 13, 2013 12:03 am

Bruins go down in triple OT. Oh yeah! Yanks down 3 in the 9th. Ugh.

27 Ara Just Fair   ~  Jun 13, 2013 12:15 am

Lame. The Yanks O is bleh. As is Hughes and Joba.

28 Ara Just Fair   ~  Jun 13, 2013 12:16 am

As is? As are? ??? Time for bed.

29 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Jun 13, 2013 12:37 am

[28] I just call them Phoba. Or Jobugh.

30 The Mick536   ~  Jun 13, 2013 7:03 am

Pleeeese. Spending my time with Lightroom 5. Something productive. Much better than watching the Yankees rotting. Not even warning track power.

31 monkeypants   ~  Jun 13, 2013 7:04 am

[27][29] It's so awesome to watch the Yankees develop young, star pitching prospects and really get the most out of their talent. It makes me all the more excited for the return of Pineda...

32 monkeypants   ~  Jun 13, 2013 9:12 am

More seriously, are the Yankees at the point where it's better to simply release Wells and/or Overbay, and call up someone...anyone...to play in the OF? I mean, I don't follow MiL all that closely, but would, say, Thomas Neal be a better option than the corpse of Vernon Wells, now dead and rotting for three seasons?

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