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Hughes, be thou Huge

02yanks-600That’s a picture of Phil Hughes from 2007. That’s his second start, in Texas – the near-no-hitter and the leg injury. I think that was the last disappointment-free moment of his career for Yankee fans. Not all Phil’s fault of course.

He contributed to a World Series championship. He submitted a few decent seasons. But we expected an ace. Scouting reports prepared us for Tom Seaver and Roger Clemens and we got, well, not them. We got a guy whose best years are league average and whose worst season, which we are in the midst of right now, is replacement level.

But the Yankees don’t have any healthy pitchers, Phelps, Nuno and Pineda being 6-8 on the depth chart and unlikely to pitch again this season. So Phil Hughes gets the ball and the Yankees must win. They must sweep. And that means we root for Phil, for 2007′s sake.

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1 RIYank   ~  Sep 2, 2013 7:33 am

Thou.

'Be thou huge.'

2 Sliced Bread   ~  Sep 2, 2013 7:55 am

Hughes' "most similar" comp at baseballreference.com is not Seaver, nor Clemens, but Kyle Kendrick.

Hughes has become what I call an MVP, Mediocre Valuable Pitcher. Somebody who will give you more good games than bad, but whose bad games are never unexpected.
Back of the rotation guy who will eat innings. Mediocrity and some value.

He's a very nice pitcher to watch when he's got an out pitch working. Here's hoping he's got it today.

3 Start Spreading the News   ~  Sep 2, 2013 9:54 am

[0] [1] Is that a quote from something? Even google can't find it.

4 RIYank   ~  Sep 2, 2013 10:19 am

[3] Well, it's very biblical, only it's the other testament (from your Spreading the [good] News). The Lord said to Joshua, "be thou strong and very courageous," and to Abram, "be thou perfect."
But the 'be thou' that always comes first to me is kind of the opposite: "Evil, be thou my good." (Did Milton know George Steinbrenner?)

5 Jon DeRosa   ~  Sep 2, 2013 10:23 am

[1] I can't figure out how to strike through the title.
[2] I just read some of the new Thor last night, just trying to sound blustery and encouraging like he always does.

6 RIYank   ~  Sep 2, 2013 11:20 am

Hm, rain postponement at the Tennis Center...

7 BobbyB   ~  Sep 2, 2013 11:43 am

[2] "gives you more good games than bad"? I beg to differ. After Joba, he's the last guy I want to see on the mound. And speaking of Chamberlain, could someone send him a trampoline?

8 cult of basebaal   ~  Sep 2, 2013 12:00 pm

If I was Phil Hughes, I'd call up Mike Scott and ask him to demonstrate the secret of his "split finger pitch".

9 rbj   ~  Sep 2, 2013 12:16 pm

Good start

10 rbj   ~  Sep 2, 2013 12:17 pm

Very good start.

11 Mattpat11   ~  Sep 2, 2013 12:18 pm

Hooray!

12 cult of basebaal   ~  Sep 2, 2013 12:19 pm

Score and keep scoring, boys, we're going to need them today.

13 Mattpat11   ~  Sep 2, 2013 12:19 pm

I saw Quintana in Chicago last week. He pitched a very good, ludicrously boring game. Takes FOR-EVER to throw the ball

14 cult of basebaal   ~  Sep 2, 2013 12:22 pm

Bad job, Sori.

15 cult of basebaal   ~  Sep 2, 2013 12:24 pm

Meh. Disappointing.

16 rbj   ~  Sep 2, 2013 12:31 pm

Crap, rain.

17 cult of basebaal   ~  Sep 2, 2013 12:31 pm

Just our fucking luck.

18 Mattpat11   ~  Sep 2, 2013 12:32 pm

This may go down as Hughes' best start of the year

19 thelarmis   ~  Sep 2, 2013 1:20 pm

Bravos destroying Dice-Klay early, here in Rainlanta.

6 runs in the first 2 innings. Freddie Freeman has 5 ribbies.

20 thelarmis   ~  Sep 2, 2013 2:05 pm

3:25 resume time.

huff will take the hill.

21 rbj   ~  Sep 2, 2013 2:30 pm

Even Mother Nature doesn't want to see Hughes pitch for the Yankees.

22 cult of basebaal   ~  Sep 2, 2013 3:13 pm

SWEEP THE LEG.

23 cult of basebaal   ~  Sep 2, 2013 3:14 pm

Romine continues to pick it up.

24 thelarmis   ~  Sep 2, 2013 3:18 pm

gritner is a doubles machine lately!

this frame is fun!!!

25 rbj   ~  Sep 2, 2013 3:19 pm

What a wild inning.

26 thelarmis   ~  Sep 2, 2013 3:20 pm

3 infield singles this inning.

i'll take it!

27 cult of basebaal   ~  Sep 2, 2013 3:22 pm

You SUCK Robby!

;-)

28 cult of basebaal   ~  Sep 2, 2013 3:23 pm

Keep coming, boys, keep coming.

BTW, who's pitching for us?

29 thelarmis   ~  Sep 2, 2013 3:23 pm

i love Sori!

30 thelarmis   ~  Sep 2, 2013 3:23 pm

[28] huff the magic dragon

31 cult of basebaal   ~  Sep 2, 2013 3:25 pm

Wow.

That's just ... wow.

Glad I'm not a Sox fan.

32 rbj   ~  Sep 2, 2013 3:30 pm

You have got to be shitting me.

33 cult of basebaal   ~  Sep 2, 2013 3:31 pm

Yeesh, these Sox are fucking awful.

If we don't sweep, it'll be disappointing.

34 thelarmis   ~  Sep 2, 2013 3:33 pm

i want double digits!!

35 thelarmis   ~  Sep 2, 2013 3:34 pm

we have a positive run diff!

[33] sale tomorrow. he has been tagged with a dozen losses though. we need our Hiro back!

later guys, off to the Allman Bros. concert as guests of the Trucks family! : )

36 cult of basebaal   ~  Sep 2, 2013 3:37 pm

[35] Dude, that's awesome!

Enjoy!

37 Mattpat11   ~  Sep 2, 2013 3:44 pm

So I took a nap and woke up to happy.

38 RIYank   ~  Sep 2, 2013 3:47 pm

Hey, WTF? I saw the first inning, had to go out, caught some of the humongous bottom of the fourth on the radio.

This is the team that swept our asses not too long ago, right? Gawd. That's embarrassing.

39 RIYank   ~  Sep 2, 2013 3:48 pm

[37] Kind of a similar experience to mine, but with no John Sterling.

40 cult of basebaal   ~  Sep 2, 2013 3:51 pm

This Huff fella, seems like he should be starting games, no?

41 RIYank   ~  Sep 2, 2013 3:55 pm

Say hey!

42 RIYank   ~  Sep 2, 2013 4:06 pm

Huff's homage to Hughes.

43 rbj   ~  Sep 2, 2013 4:08 pm

Double play! Robbie!!

44 cult of basebaal   ~  Sep 2, 2013 4:08 pm

Robbie FUCKING Cano!!!

45 RIYank   ~  Sep 2, 2013 4:09 pm

Fucking Rob. Unbelievable.

Well, except I think he was safe by a lot, actually.

46 RIYank   ~  Sep 2, 2013 4:26 pm

Well, he'll always remember his first three pitches, anyway.

47 cult of basebaal   ~  Sep 2, 2013 4:31 pm

Good job by our newest C.C.!!!

48 rbj   ~  Sep 2, 2013 4:36 pm

Everybody plays today!
Ice cream afterwards?

49 cult of basebaal   ~  Sep 2, 2013 4:37 pm

J.R.!!!

50 rbj   ~  Sep 2, 2013 4:39 pm

Congrats, kid!

51 RIYank   ~  Sep 2, 2013 4:40 pm

Welcome, JR!

52 cult of basebaal   ~  Sep 2, 2013 4:59 pm

Well, today was as awesome as yesterday was awful!

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