Hughes Fizzled In Summer Heat

June 20th, 2012 by Jane Heller

Hm. What to make of Phil’s start today. He did a scary impersonation of the early-season Hughes by giving up all those homers and not going deep into the game. Yes, it was hot and yes, the Braves starter gave up the long ball too (Jeter!) and, yes, it’s only natural for pitchers to have bad outings.

Still, I hope we’re not seeing a setback in his development, just a minor blip. His body language was so negative though; he looked deeply discouraged – or maybe he was just hot, as I said.

The bullpen didn’t help and they’ve been great, so I think I’ll just write this loss off to….a crappy game.

The important thing is for Tex’s foot to feel better so he’s back for Round Two of the Subway Series. On the other hand, I love Chavez and am always happy when he gets in the lineup. I mean how lucky are we that our bench includes a guy like him?

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5 Responses to “Hughes Fizzled In Summer Heat”

  1. Sean K says:

    Oh well. 2 losses in a row, no panic yet. Let’s get a win next game.

  2. Diane Anziano says:

    That was painful — glad I didn’t have to watch it. It sounds like Boone Logan didn’t do much better than Huges but obviously the weather had a lot to do with it. And the Yankees break another record at the Stadium — not the kind of record or the way we’d want them to do it, but its over. On the other hand, The Mets swept The Orioles which is great for us in the standings but I’m not thrilled about The Yankees having to head for CitiField with The Mets on a 3-game winning streak. Let’s stop their streak and start a new one for us. GO YANKEES!!!

  3. Ruth says:

    Write it off to a crappy couple games and severe heat. Luckily they are off today since it’s going to be another brutal one. We will rise again on Friday to take the City Crown! And, yes, Jane, cheers to that about Chavez….he is CLASS.

  4. Jane Heller says:

    No panicking, Sean. It’s only two games.

    Catching the Mets while they’re hot doesn’t thrill me either, Diane. We’ll need our starters to get back on track and for the offense to do its job.

    He’s a very classy guy, Ruth. I’ve always liked him and I’m so glad Cashman brought him back.

  5. Bob Cerv says:

    “Hot town, summer in the city…
    Back o’my neck gettin’ dirt’n’gritty…
    Bend down, isn’t it a pity…
    Doesn’t seem to be a shadow in the city…”
    — Lovin’ Spoonful, 1966

    Yes, it was THAT kinda day. All up and down the east coast. I took the day off to help Son #2 with his online term paper in Kinesiology (something about Sports and Culture, whatever), and then to schlep him up to Bel Air from our abode in Rockville for his internship with that minor league soccer team. That’s 71 miles, one way, on an AWFUL summer afternoon. Round trip took me over FOUR HOURS.

    In between, I tried to watch the game. It was Ug-Lee. And so easy to be cynical — OH, so Hughes is “Mr. Philthy” against the Nats, and gives up NO homers, for the first time…but against the Braves, now it’s HR Derby? An unfair cheap shot, I know…apologies to She-Fan and others before I’ve raised your ire (again). Whoops, probably too late. But I too am glad they’re off today.

    However, other Poor Slobs are not. Here’s my question for the day: Who Is Stoopidest?

    Is it #(1) the slender in-shape young man who’s not going to a nice cool tavern on his birthday today, but instead going out to Nats Park and sit in the sun in the blistering heat of the upper deck with some friends to watch two teams he doesn’t even care about? He’s an Oriole fan, and the Nats play the Rays (well, so at least we all share the same substitute-rooting interest tonight). OR…

    Is it #(2) the fat outa-shape old man who’s changing clothes in the car after work, enroute to the local regional field to PLAY a doubleheader of slo-pitch softball (his team is a “C” team) against an “A” team? He’ll be sweating buckets before even taking the field, it’s THAT humid. To enlighten you, a “C” team has about as much chance of beating an “A” team as Bryce Harper has against Andy Pettitte. Only much less.
    So there…enjoy it wherever you may be in the cool indoors tonight, and have a good laugh on The Stupids.