Saturday, April 14, 2012
NEW YORK—With too many starting pitching options for five spots, each turn through the Yankees’ rotation is essentially another audition. Phil Hughes didn’t provide an encouraging one on Saturday.
The right-hander served up six runs in 3 1/3 inefficient innings, including homers to Chris Iannetta and Howard Kendrick, as the Angels roughed up the Yankees, 7-1, at Yankee Stadium.
I didn’t see any of Hughes’s innings, so I can’t tell you how he looked. In comparing his last start to this one, here are some stats.
I guess we can be happy that he was more efficient on a per batter basis. Other than that, it’s tough to see much to be happy about with this outing.
Hughes probably gets at least three more starts before the Yankees have to make a decision about whether he should be bumped for someone. Hopefully he makes the decision harder than it is looking to be right now.
Even if Hughes had pitched much better and held the Angels to say, two runs, it wouldn’t have mattered today. I was bothered by the fact that the Yankees seemingly had no interest in C.J. Wilson this offseason, although I didn’t know about their payroll mandate at the time. Time will tell if they’ll regret that decision, but at least today I’m sure they did.
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