An Uncomfortable Split

June 19th, 2013 by Jane Heller

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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.

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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.

 

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2 Responses to “An Uncomfortable Split”

  1. Diane Anziano says:

    I totally agree with you about trading Hughes, Jane. He has nothing for us. But the bats were scarier in my estimation. Ony 3 hits the entire game? Are you kidding me? Shut outs usually scare me, but this season especially. If your team is not going to score a single run, what are the pitchers supposed to do? I was also not thrilled about Cano getting thrown out at second. Was he just not running full out or should he have stayed at first? Either way, we have to be more sensible on the bases because of our offensive problems. Oh well, I am not usually this negative, so let’s just turn the page. GO YANKEES!!!

  2. Jane Heller says:

    That Cano play was weird, Diane. He seemed to be convinced he had a double and only turned it on when he got to first base and realized he’d better hustle. Not good. The offense in general is in trouble without the A-team, which is why I think Cashman should trade for a big bat.