April 23, 2007


Phil Hughes-S- Yankees (Rotoworld, 4/23/07)

The Yankees will call up Phil Hughes to start Thursday against the Blue Jays.

And so, to try and save this last iteration of the Jeter/Torre Yankees the team's best pitching prospect since [who? Jim Beattie?] must be sacrificed.

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 23, 2007 5:41 PM

Nothing like a Sawx fan in April. Even w/o Hughes and the rest of the arms we've stockpiled in AAA and AA and A ball, the division is ours. All the Sawx have is mediocre starting pitching and a lineup that only goes 2-5.

That the Yanks finally recognized that St. Phil can't learn much more in AAA is just gravy.

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at April 23, 2007 6:58 PM

Jim in Chicago:

That's just what I was thinking, why is there an automatic assumption among so many folks that Hughes is being called up before he's prepared? I've figured the sooner they got around to calling him up, the better.

Posted by: Matt Murphy at April 23, 2007 7:04 PM

Jim -- Our lineup not only goes 2-5, but 9. Dustin Pedroia has a walk and 2-run double in his first two at-bats today, on top of 2 hits and a stellar defensive play yesterday. And our mediocre starting pitching is about to get better, as Jon Lester comes back.

Posted by: pj at April 23, 2007 7:30 PM

Because he pitched poorly this Spring and at AAA and his fastball is his only major league ready pitch. The important thing though is you're just giving joe Torre the opportunity to be Mike Hargrove and for the same reasons.

Posted by: oj at April 23, 2007 10:19 PM


The Yankees' cleanup hitter is on a nearly unprecedented hot streak and they're two games under .500. The pitching is too old and too young; they'll recover from injuries and pull it together a bit by the all-star break, then fall apart completely.

Posted by: Mike Earl at April 24, 2007 10:09 AM

The cracks in the empire really started to appear two years ago when they started the year 11 and 19. Might this finally be the year that it all comes apart? I don't want to jinx it.

Posted by: andrew at April 24, 2007 3:57 PM