I watched more of Game 1 than I expected and was happy to see Kuroda handling his old team. Puig, the Dodgers phenom, certainly made his presence felt – from his aggressiveness on the bases to his strong throwing arm in the outfield – but our guys actually hit the ball too. Well, just enough to win the game and thanks, in part, to the Dodgers’ reliever, Belisario. Love this gif of his double-error play.
Game 2 was another story and another disappointing outing by Phil Hughes. Here in California I was blacked out by YES because I got the Dodgers feed, which meant having to suffer through Steve Lyons (Vin Scully doesn’t do road games). The self-proclaimed “psycho” has always gotten on my nerves, but tonight he said something I agreed with: a pitcher like Hughes, who keeps the ball elevated and is prone to giving up the long ball, isn’t a good fit for a stadium with short porches. In other words, Hughes + Yankee Stadium = Bad Combo.
Our offense was sad, no question, and it’ll continue to chug along at this rate until we get some of our A-team back. And the Dodgers are better than their record shows with guys like A-Gon, Ethier and Puig always a threat at the plate. But if I were Cashman I’d deal Hughes sooner than later. I’m sorry to keep saying it, but I just don’t see him making progress.