Offense Heats Up With Weather

July 23, 2011 – 11:16 am

NYY 17, Oakland 7.

  • The Yankees scored two touchdowns early, then added a late field goal to score a season high 17 points runs. You wonder if poor Trevor Cahill even knew what hit him. He came in with a nice 3.16 ERA, but two innings in to the game that ERA was all the way up to 3.77. Hopefully this is exactly what some of the Yankee hitters needed to get their offense jump started. Nick Swisher was 3-for-4 with 5 RBIs — after a hot June he had started cooling off some. With so many of the other hitters struggling, it would be nice to see Swish go on a good streak. Mark Teixeira got a grand slam, his first home run in 18 games. Hopefully that’s a good sign that his power hitting is coming back.
  • The obvious bad news in this game was Phil Hughes — what the sam hill is wrong with him? Granted that the heat was unbearable, and pitching with a double-digit lead can sometimes be perplexing, but the guy just doesn’t look anything like the guy who went 18-8 with a 4.19 ERA last year. How much longer can the Yankees risk having him in the five slot, particularly with Ivan Nova down in AAA right now? Seems to me Hughes is the one that ought to be in AAA trying to sort things out while Nova gets the starts for the Yankees. Box Score | Gameday | FanGraphs Game Graph | PitchFX Game Tool

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