Saturday, April 14, 2012

Phrustrated With Phil

(Courtesy of The AP)

Whether you put any weight into the numbers or not, Phil Hughes certainly looked like a good pitcher in Spring Training, the type of pitcher Yankee fans have been waiting to see for years now.  All the pieces of his game that have been missing at times and present at others- the velocity, the control, the command, the health, the changeup- were all starting to come together at the same time and it appeared that Hughes was poised to get back on the track he was on in the first half of 2010.  Since the games have started to count, however, it's been back to business as usual with Hughes, and that's not a good thing.

Game 7 Wrap-Up: Abridged Version

Little late for this considering Game 8 is going on right now (and it's on FOX so I actually get to watch it while STL-CHI is in rain delay), but last night turned into a bit of a shitshow for me, as in attempting to drunkenly deep fry a frozen pizza with a couple buddies at 5AM using batter that had WAY too much Sailor Jerry rum in it, and I still owe you and Hiroki Kuroda some ink for yesterday's victory.  It ain't much, but here it is.

Game Notes:

- Hiroki Kuroda was the man.  Nothing more that needs to be said.  He said he was worried about how he was going to perform in his Yankee Stadium debut and he handled himself brilliantly.  8 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 6 K is a helluva way to get the Yankee crowd on your side.

- Ervin Santana didn't have his best stuff or command, and the Yankees made him pay for it each time he missed.  Vintage Yankee offense.

F*ck Yeahs:

- Kuroda: Duh.

- The Horse: 3-4, HR, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 SB.

- Swish: 2-4, 2B, 3 RBI.

Oh Nos:

Ibanez: 0-4, 1 K, 2 LOB.  Picking nits, but somebody had to make this section.