Was Hughes All That Bad?

May 5, 2009 – 11:47 am

Boston 6, NYY 4.  It’s hard to know what to make of Phil Hughes performance.  The stats clearly weren’t all that good — 4 IP, 3 ER, 7 H, 4 BB.  But then he was getting squeezed on the strike zone something fierce.  I guess that comes with the territory for a young pitcher, but last night was as bad as I’ve seen it.  Particularly compared to the strike zone that Jon Lester was getting.  I don’t have a problem with a strike zone that is overly generous one way or the other, as long as it’s being called the same for both sides.  But that just wasn’t the case last night.  When Derek Jeter gets as animated as he did in complaining about the calls, you know things are bad.  So I’m going to give Hughes a pass on this one.

The really bad news in this loss was Posada getting hurt, which apparently is going to put him on the DL for at least a couple of weeks.  And given his age and his injury history over the last couple of years — well, this is not good at all.  And remember what a hit the offense took last year without him.  Posada’s injury was without a doubt reason numero uno why the Yankees did not make the playoffs.  With the offense pretty much carrying the team right now, losing Posada could be a major blow.  The vaunted pitching that the Yankees were supposed to have this year needs to show up for work, and quickly.

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