Hughes Shows His Number Five Stuff

September 1, 2011 – 11:37 am

Boston 9, NYY 5.

  • Phil Hughes was auditioning for the number five spot in the rotation, and that’s pretty much the type outing we got from Hughes last night. Through five he had been mediocre, giving up four runs on seven hits, but the Yankees had given him a 5-4 lead going in to the bottom of the sixth — so all he had to do was get through the bottom of the order, and then turn the game over to the bullpen with the lead. But alas, he couldn’t do that — which is exactly why he’s at best the number five starter.
  • Looking at the big picture here, even if the Yankees end up losing this series 1-2, you can kinda look at that as a positive in that Boston had their top three starters pitching whereas the Yankees had their ace along with their number five and six starters. Throw in the fact that the Yankees played three games in the two days prior to the series while the Red Sox had those two days off, then you really couldn’t expect much more than winning just one of three. So meh.

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