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Hughes 'worried' about drop in velocity

Posted on: April 12, 2011 9:27 pm
 
By Matt Snyder

Yankees No. 3 starting pitcher Phil Hughes is off to a pretty bad start here in 2011. In just two starts, he's been banged around the yard to the tune of 12 hits and 11 earned runs in just six innings. Add in three home runs, four walks and just one strikeout as more salt in the wound. One of the biggest issues has been a drastic drop in velocity from the first half of the season last year.

The pitch was reaching into the mid-90s until about midway through his breakout 2010 campaign. Anymore, he's lucky to hit 90 with it. With the drop in speed, the entire arsenal of pitches loses effectiveness and it's showing. And Hughes isn't making any secret about the fact that he is concerned.

"It’s obviously something to be worried about,'' Hughes said Tuesday. "This is my job, my livelihood and I don’t have the stuff I know I’m capable of going out there with. It’s worrisome and it’s frustrating." (ESPN New York )

Due to a rainout Tuesday, Hughes' Wednesday start will be delayed until Thursday. He's reportedly worked with a few tweaks to his throwing motion with pitching coach Larry Rothschild and hopes things will soon get back on track.

Hughes, 24, was 18-8 with a 4.19 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 146 strikeouts last season in 176 1/3 innings. He was 10-1 with a 3.17 ERA and almost a strikeout per inning after 13 starts, though, before fading in the second half with his loss of zip on the fastball.

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Since: Nov 3, 2010
Posted on: April 13, 2011 10:36 pm
 

Hughes 'worried' about drop in velocity

Funny it seems to me the people that are most "worried" (or should we say hoping) are not Yankee fans. With Burnett and Nova doing their job thus for, I think it is the rest of the league that should be "worried" if Hughes gets his velocity back. Thus the season is going just as I thought. A bounce back from some of the offensive players and Burnett and the Yankees are right where they should be. The folks that should be worried are the Red Sox. I found it humorous that the media and most casual fans talked about the Yankees pitching like it were plague and didn't have a word to say about Boston's suspect pitching. Well two weeks into things and while Boston will surely pick things, I believe everyone now knows what intelligent people knew all along. The pennant isn't won in January........



Since: Dec 15, 2010
Posted on: April 13, 2011 10:09 pm
 

Hughes 'worried' about drop in velocity

Anything new? I read this last week.



Since: Apr 13, 2011
Posted on: April 13, 2011 2:19 pm
 

Hughes 'worried' about drop in velocity

Seems like a bit of an understatement. If I had spent months working on my arm and still couldn't hit my spots with a fastball 4-5 mph slower than last year's, I'd be more than "worried." If I was the team trying to be a world series contender who is counting on Hughes to help anchor an untrustworthy rotation, I'd be more than "worried."
I mean, heck, the Yankees just signed Carlos There-Is-Nothing-Good-About-Me Silva! If I was a Yankees fan, I'd be more than "worried!"



Since: Dec 30, 2007
Posted on: April 13, 2011 1:47 pm
 

Hughes 'worried' about drop in velocity

Find something else to worry about? Why is this not a relevant issue? It is a pretty big deal when one of MLB's premium contenders who already have pitching rotation problems all of sudden have another question mark. With the Yankees collection of aged vets such as: Garcia, Colon, and Millwood we should be very worried! Hughes has a ton of money invested in him and the Yankees should be worried that they might not be able to count on him for years to come like originally planned.




Since: Oct 10, 2006
Posted on: April 13, 2011 1:34 pm
 

Hughes 'worried' about drop in velocity

Clearly commentary from someone that has a periphery look into the Yankee organization.
 
Hughes did not just come out of the pen to be a full time starter.  Like any young pitcher when they break into the league, they will briing him along slowly.  Which is exactly what they did with Hughes.  Two years ago he was middle relief to get his confidence and game experience up.  Last year, he was the 4-5 starter and had a stellar year. 

Joba is a different story and his arm is far from ruined. They tried him in the starting position only to have him limp into the 4th and 5th innings.  His strength is out of the bullpen in middle relief where his power keeps the opposition at bay until Soriano and Rivera can get their hands on the ball.

Now go look at Strausberg if you want to discuss pushing them too hard.  I find it ironic that the same manager. Jim Riggleman, had Kerry Wood in Chicago and Starusberg in Washington - only to have both of them get overused and eventually hurt.

Just my two cents.




Since: Feb 22, 2011
Posted on: April 13, 2011 1:24 pm
 

Hughes 'worried' about drop in velocity

Maybe the fact that the Yankees now have the WORST pitching coach in all of baseball has something to do with it.
Have him do the "towel drill", Rothschild, you moron.



Since: Nov 28, 2008
Posted on: April 13, 2011 1:18 pm
 

Hughes 'worried' about drop in velocity

Andrew Brackman?



Since: Oct 10, 2006
Posted on: April 13, 2011 1:17 pm
 

Hughes 'worried' about drop in velocity

Clearly commentary from someone that has a periphery look into the Yankee organization.
 
Hughes did not just come out of the pen to be a full time starter.  Like any young pitcher when they break into the league, they will briing him along slowly.  Which is exactly what they did with Hughes.  Two years ago he was middle relief to get his confidence and game experience up.  Last year, he was the 4-5 starter and had a stellar year. 

Joba is a different story and his arm is far from ruined. They tried him in the starting position only to have him limp into the 4th and 5th innings.  His strength is out of the bullpen in middle relief where his power keeps the opposition at bay until Soriano and Rivera can get their hands on the ball.

Now go look at Strausberg if you want to discuss pushing them too hard.  I find it ironic that the same manager. Jim Riggleman, had Kerry Wood in Chicago and Starusberg in Washington - only to have both of them get overused and eventually hurt.

Just my two cents.



Since: Oct 22, 2009
Posted on: April 13, 2011 7:57 am
 

Hughes 'worried' about drop in velocity

Hughes first start last year was two weeks later into the season versus this year. If after the first month of the season he is experiencing the same trouble then maybe there will be some concern. AJ Burnett is off to a good start just like last year and look what happened to him. Mark Teixeira traditionally gets off to slow starts and then gets going and this year he got going early but since his 4th home run, he has struggled. Its is April and far too early to start panicing about anyone. Will Cleveland win the central division ? Dont think so. Find something worthwhile to write about.




Since: Dec 22, 2006
Posted on: April 13, 2011 7:51 am
 

Hughes 'worried' about drop in velocity

Its just a case of dead arm. It happens. It will come back. Tons of pitchers deal with it throughout their career a couple times. 


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