Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Hughes Determined to Throw As Many Pitches as Starters in the 1920's

The Good

Hughes went 4 innings allowing 1 run, which wasn't bad. Coke relieved Hughes with 2 innings of shutout ball, and was followed by a train of Bruney-Chamberlain-Ramirez, all of which kept the White Sox from scoring. Damon and A-Rod both went yard. Cano magically went 3-3 with a double.

The Bad

Although 4 innings of 1 run ball is good any day, as a starter its a little less good. Hughes threw 33 pitches in the first inning, 11 to Orlando Cabrera who hit a double off him. This was a good first step, but one of Hughes and Kennedy's problems was that they threw way too many pitches to be effective starters. I hope next week he can build off of this start.

The Ugly

Phil Coke's stellar domination over the American League begs the question: if we had Cy Young reincarnate in our minor league system, why wasn't he pitching us into contention? Actually, truthfully, the Yankees are handling Coke the way they needed to handle Hughes and Kennedy. Because Coke wasn't this big named prospect he was allowed to develop on a normal schedule and is now pitching in the bigs as a result. Pettitte was like this too. If Coke was last years first round pick he probably would have gone from Staten Island up to the Yankees in two months, and then once the league figured him out, the Yankees would start wondering why he isn't dominating everyone anymore and send him back to the minors with broken confidence.

Respect Jeter's Gangster is for the Children

The "Respect Jeter's Gangster" blog joined Johnny Damon's home run club, which raises money for the Children's Health Fund. We are pledged to donate $1.00 for every homerun the Yankees hit this season. We will keep a running tally of the home runs hit and the money donated throughout the season. A-Rod and Damon hit homeruns last night to put the White Sox away.

Melky Cabrera 8hr = $8.00
Alex Rodriguez 35hr = $35.00
Hideki Matsui 9 hr = $9.00
Bobby Abreu 17hr = $17.00
Jorge Posada 3hr = $3.00
Jason Giambi 31hr = $31.00
Johnny Damon 15hr = $15.00
Morgan Ensberg 1hr = $1.00
Robinson Cano 13hr = $13.00
Chad Moeller 1hr = $1.00
Wilson Betemit 6hr = $6.00
Derek Jeter 11hr = $11.00
Shelley Duncan 1hr = $1.00
Xavier Nady 11hr = $11.00
Jose Molina 2 hr = $2.00
Ivan Rodriguez 2hr = $2.00
Richie Sexson 1hr = $1.00
Cody Ransom 2hr= $2.00
Total = $168.00

If you are interested in Johnny Damon's Homerun Club or the Children's Health Fund you can find links to both at the top right hand corner of our page.


Anonymous said...

Off topic, but what's the story with Orlando Cabrera? He's been on, like, a million teams and always kills the Yankees, no matter who he's playing for. Either he's a head case and nobody wants to deal with him or the GMs around the league are crazy.

Fernando Alejandro said...

Its a valid question. The thing with Cabrera is that he's a good shortstop whose agent never negotiated a no-trade clause. The Red Sox to this day kick themselves for making that trade, but they thought Renteria would do better. The White Sox needed him because they had Alex Cintron playing every day, and they felt they had enough pitching to get by. It helped both teams as they're both contenders now. He's just too attractive a trading chip. This is his last year under contract though, and I bet anything he'll have some sort of no-trade clause in his next deal.

Fred Trigger said...

Orlando Cabrera left as a free agent, he wasnt traded. The angels signed him to, I think, a 4 year-32 Million contract. Typical yankee fan. So caught up in respecting jeters gangster, cant even get the facts straight.

Fernando Alejandro said...

Oh Trigg, you've read our blog long enough to know that facts mean nothing to us. Its much more fun that way.

Fred Trigger said...

Yeah, I know. I was half joking (the last part, at least). What can I say, i'm all about the facts. For instance, in the post above, you incorrectly referred to a brontosaurus, when I think they are now referred to as brachiosaurus :) (I dont really know if thats true.)

Fernando Alejandro said...

Yeah, but that's like when people say Pluto's not a planet. I refuse to accept that. I probably never will.

Bucky7588 said...

actaully, there's no such thing as a brontosaurus any more...what happened what they found a head, and later they put it on a spine, and decided it was a new species, but they just screwed up....this is the truth.

Fernando Alejandro said...

That's kind of crazy. Can we just call whatever the real species is a brontosaurus? Or perhaps a Fernandosaurus Rex?