Tag:Phil Hughes
Posted on: October 5, 2010 1:49 pm
Edited on: October 5, 2010 1:50 pm

Twins announce rotation

So, to go along with the Yankees rotation, we now have the Twins rotation for their ALDS matchups:

Game 1: CC Sabathia vs. Francisco Liriano
Game 2: Andy Pettitte vs. Carl Pavano
Game 3: Phil Hughes vs. Brian Duensing
Game 4: Sabathia vs. Nick Blackburn
Game 5: Pettitte vs. Liriano

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: October 5, 2010 11:16 am
Edited on: October 5, 2010 12:47 pm

Yanks to skip Burnett in ALDS

A.J. Burnett The Yankees will go with a three-man rotation in the American League Division Series against the Twins, eschewing the $82.5 million-man, A.J. Burnett.

The New York Post is reporting CC Sabathia would pitch a fourth game against the Twins if it gets to that point. Sabathia will start Game 1 on Wednesday at Target Field. He'd be followed by Andy Pettitte and Phil Hughes.

Burnett was 1-0 with a 1.54 ERA in two starts against the Twins this season, but was 10-15 with a 5.26 ERA overall and 1-7 with a 6.61 ERA in the last two months of the season, while batters are hitting .300/.380/.494 in the 12 games he's started since Aug. 2.

Sabathia is fine with going on short rest in Game 4 on Sunday at Yankee Stadium.

"I told Joe [Girardi] and Dave [Pelland] I will be prepared to do that," Sabathia told the Post. "If I get enough rest, I want to pitch."

Sabathia has experience with three days of rest, going 3-1 with a 1.01 ERA in four such starts. Last year he needed just three days between starts for Game 4 of the ALCS and Game 4 of the World Series. He went 1-0 with a  2.46 ERA in those starts, both Yankees victories.

UPDATE: The Yankees have made it official, CBSSports.com senior writer Danny Knobler reports .

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: October 2, 2010 2:13 pm

Burnett pitching for playoff spot?

A.J. Burnett
A.J. Burnett has got to be feeling playoff-type pressure in anticipation of his start tonight -- and if he doesn't respond well, it might be as close as he gets to the real thing.

Joe Girardi isn't saying it straight up, but he can't put Burnett on the mound in the playoffs if he goes out tonight and puts up another outing like his last (2 1/3 innings, seven runs). Burnett has won just once in 11 starts since August 2, with an ERA of almost 7.

The Yankees will throw CC Sabathia, Andy Pettitte and Phil Hughes in the first round, but could make due with three starters in the five-game series. A seven-game second round might be another story. Is Burnett (10-15, 5.33 ERA) in danger of playing himself out of the postseason scenarios?

"I would think not; then again, I've given a lot of reasons to think so," Burnett told the New York Daily News. "I'm not going to look at it that way because I think that would put added pressure on myself. My goal is to come out and feel more like A.J. than I have in a year and a half."

Girardi said it's not as cut and dried as Burnett pitching for a rotation spot tonight, but obviously it's going to matter whether the Yankees see what fans call "the good A.J." or "the bad A.J." with the postseason looming.

"My biggest concern is that he pitches well," Girardi said. "Then we can talk about all those things. I'm not looking at it like that."

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: September 26, 2010 4:29 pm

Phil Hughes to start Sunday against Red Sox

Phil Hughes Phil Hughes was supposed to have his Sunday start skipped, instead starting on Wednesday as the team attempted to restrain the youngster's innings.

However, two straight losses to the BoSox and four overall has the Yankees switching gears from Dustin Moseley back to Hughes as Boston suddenly finds itself 5 1/2 games out of the wild card race. A near-impossible mountain to climb, but not improbable.

Is it a panic move by the suddenly-skidding Yankees?

"I don't think it's panic," GM Brian Cashman told Joel Sherman of the New York Post . "It is adjusting to circumstances. We haven't had starters going deep into games. People can judge this and call it panic. I don't care. I only care about making the right decision on the information in front of us. And the information is different on Sept. 26 than it was when we decided (to push back Hughes). I only care about being right, and this was right."

Hughes currently has 169 1/3 innings pitched on the season of a cap of roughly 175 innings. The righty has made 28 starts and one relief appearances, checking in with a 4.31 ERA, 2.9 BB/9 and 7.4 K/9. That strikeout percentage has dropped significantly from 2009, when he was the bridge to Mariano Rivera.

As a result of the decision to start Hughes, he may grab one more (abbreviated) start at the tail-end of the season to prepare for the postseason, where he figures to be the No. 3 starter as the Yanks chase back-to-back World Series rings.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: August 27, 2010 5:31 pm

No trouble for Pettitte in bullpen session

Andy Pettitte Andy Pettitte threw 25 pitches in Chicago before the Yankees' game with the White Sox on Friday and according to multiple tweets, he said he felt good about the outing.

Pettitte also said he'd had trouble sleeping in anticipation of today's bullpen session -- Joe Girardi may have had similar feelings.

Pettitte had been shut down the last 10 days after he aggravated a groin strain in a simulated game on Aug. 13. He hasn't pitched since leaving the game on July 18 against the Rays after 2 1/3 innings.

"It was good," Pettitte said (via Twiter from the New York Daily News ' Mark Feinsand). "I didn't have any discomfort at all."

Still, the New York Times ' Ben Shpigel reports (via Twitter ) Pettitte's 25 pitches were "not at full intensity."

Pettitte's return would be a boon to the Yankees for the postseason. Even if today's results don't indicate he will be back in the immediate future, the fact there was no setback was a huge positive for Pettitte and his team.

While there were talks of pitching abundance and a trade of Javier Vazquez leading up to the trade deadline, now it seems the rotation's only sure spot is at the top with CC Sabathia. After that, Phil Hughes is on a pitch limit and slowed from his fast start. A.J. Burnett has been A.J. Burnett -- wildly inconsistent, and Ivan Nova has replaced Vazquez in the rotation.

You can believe the Yankees would love to have Pettitte available down the stretch and in the playoffs. And for now, the lack of bad news is as good as good news.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 19, 2010 1:21 pm
Edited on: July 19, 2010 4:16 pm

Trade deadline buyer: New York Yankees

As the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline looms, the CBS Facts & Rumors team will look at the biggest players leading up to the deadline. This week we'll look at the teams who will be talked about the most; next week will be the players who might be moved.

Every transaction talk, be it trades or free agents, seems to start with the Yankees and this time is no different.

Brian Cashman Record: 58-33, three games ahead of the Rays and 6 1/2 in front of the Red Sox.
GM: Brian Cashman
Expectations: Anything short of another World Series title is failure, plain and simple.
Payroll status: Not that it matters, the Yankees had an opening day payroll of more than $213 million and already have more than $144 million on the books for 2011.

What they need

Starting pitcher: With Andy Pettitte on the disabled list and A.J. Burnett's recent hissy fit, the Yankees suddenly look to need at least one starter. Until now, the opening day rotation of CC Sabathia, Pettitte, Burnett, Javier Vazquez and Phil Hughes had started all but two of their games. That could be matched this week alone. The team may also be wary of letting Hughes' innings add up through a pennant race and the playoffs. Sergio Mitre is scheduled to start in Pettitte's place, but until now, he's been more successful as a reliever than a starter.

Bullpen help: Starting pitching isn't the only pitching concern the Yankees have as Joba Chamberlain's days as the bridge to Mariano Rivera may be numbered, and it's not as if Chan Ho Park is going to step up and replace him.

Damaso Marte was placed on the disabled list this weekend with Boone Logan called up as the team's only left-handed reliever.

Big bat: Marcus Thames has been better than expected as the Yankees designated hitter, hitting .287/.396/.437 with three homers and 13 RBI in 87 at-bats, but he's hardly a difference-maker. This spot -- especially if Jorge Posada is healthy enough not to need a DH safety net -- could be upgraded, especially if that upgrade could be a spot starter in the outfield.

Bench help: After the regulars, the Yankees feature the likes of Ramiro Pena and Colin Curtis. The team could certainly upgrade its depth in both the infield and the outfield.

Who may fit

Ted Lilly Starting pitcher: Cliff Lee would have been a great fit, but he's gone. Lee was the marquee name available and there's a decided step down after the newest Texas Ranger. Other starters out there are Ted Lilly, Jake Westbrook, Brett Myers, Roy Oswalt, Dan Haren and maybe even someone like Brian Bannister.

Reliever: There are stop-gap attempts like David Aardsma and Leo Nunez, or the Yankees could go for the kill with someone like Royals closer Joakim Soria. Soria is under club control until 2014, so it would take more than just cash, but also top-flight prospects to get the Royals closer and team him with Rivera to make a formidable back of the bullpen.

Other, less expensive, fits could be either of the Blue Jays pair of relievers, Scott Downs or Jason Frasor.

Bat: Again, going for the kill would be Adam Dunn. Dunn in new Yankee Stadium would be a marriage made in heaven. Dunn doesn't want to DH and he doesn't really have any other value, but he would flourish both in the American League and in pinstripes. Still, the Yankees may not want to give up too much for a player they can just buy in the offseason.

If the Yankees can find a top-end starter, they could send Vazquez to Philadelphia for Jayson Werth. David DeJesus would upgrade the outfield, as well.

Bench help:
Wes Helms and Ty Wigginton are corner possibilities and Wigginton can play second, as well. Xavier Nady and Austin Kearns are possible outfield bats that may not be big, but could work for the Yankees.

Trade chips

Jesus Montero Catching prospect Jesus Montero was reportedly only available for Lee, however the almighty dollar is always available. Any team looking to clear cash off the bottom line will talk to the Yankees, who could send middling prospects loaded up with money sacks to any team that's interested. And there are always teams interested in that kind of prospect.

Right-hander Zach McAllister is 7-6 with a 4.82 ERA in 18 starts at Triple-A. He doesn't have dominant stuff, but has good control and projects as a back of the rotation-type pitcher.

Right-hander Ivan Nova, 23, has better stats than McAllister (7-2, 3.21, 78 strikeouts in 103 2/3 innings) and has an impressive fastball. Nova has impressive talent, but has also struggled with consistency as a pro. This season is his best yet, and there's a question as to whether he's reached his ceiling. Still, he's got enough talent to be intriguing to other teams.

Mark Melancon has long been bantered about as the replacement for Rivera when Mo decides to turn his sights to Cooperstown, but Melancon has yet to live up to that hype. He could be one of those players that need a change in scenery to live up to his potential, and there's enough potential for other teams to take a chance on him.

Other possibilities include SS Eduardo Nunez and 2B David Adams, who was one of the other guys mentioned in the Lee trade.

Predictions: The Yankees will add a reliever and a starter -- possibly Lilly and the lefty Downs. Other than that, the team may think it doesn't have to do too much to keep ahead of the Rays and Red Sox.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 10, 2010 1:34 am
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:26 am

Three 11-game winners for Yankees

Who needs Cliff Lee?

Phil Hughes won his 11th game of the season Friday night in Seattle, becoming the Yankees' third 11-game winner. Hughes is 11-2, Andy Pettitte is 11-2, and CC Sabathia is 11-3.

They are the first trio from the same team to reach 11 wins before the All-Star break since (and you could have given me about 100 guesses before I would have gotten this one) Jose Lima, Mike Hampton and Shane Reynolds of the Astros in 1999.

Hughes' performance (seven innings, one earned run) was nice for the Yankees to see, since even though he'd gone 2-1 in his past three starts, he had posted a 6.87 ERA.

"I think he wanted to turn it around," manager Joe Girardi said. "He's been struggling a little bit."

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: July 9, 2010 11:56 am
Edited on: July 9, 2010 2:19 pm

Vazquez not on block yet

So, let's say the Yankees do land Cliff Lee, what does that mean for the rest of their rotation?

CC Sabathia, Andy Pettitte and Phil Hughes aren't going anywhere. And nobody's gonna take A.J. Burnett and his $16.5 million a year through 2013, so that leaves Javier Vazquez as the odd man out.

Vazquez is 7-7 with a 4.81 ERA in 15 starts for the Yankees, OK numbers for a fifth starter, but he's no Cliff Lee.

However, Newsday 's Ken Davidoff tweets the Yankees may wait until the deadline to decide what to do with him. Davidoff also notes the team could move Phil Hughes to the bullpen to help cut down on his innings.

Vazquez could certainly appeal to any National League team in need of starting pitching, like say, the Cardinals. Vazquez has a limited no-trade clause, blocking deals to teams in either of the two West divisions. He's owed what's left on the $11.5 million salary from this season.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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