Game 18: Yankees at Rangers

April 25, 2012, 8:05 p.m. ET, Rangers Ballpark, Arlington, Tex.
TV / Radio: YES, WCBS 880 AM

We’re talking a lot about Michael Pineda here today in Arlington, and understandably so after he was diagnosed with a labral tear and has been scheduled for season-ending surgery. But there’s a game to be played as well, and Pineda is more than a thousand miles away in New York and really has no impact on this one.

The right-hander the Yankees are most concerned with tonight is Phil Hughes, who hopes to capitalize on his strong track record here at Rangers Ballpark and give the Yankees a solid outing tonight. He is 2-0 in three games (two starts) against Texas, permitting just three hits in 15 1/3 scoreless innings in Texas. It was here that Hughes recorded his first big league win on May 1, 2007, leaving a no-hitter in the seventh inning with a strained left hamstring.

Scott Feldman goes for the Rangers tonight, making his first start of the season after two relief appearances spanning 2 1/3 innings. He is 3-2 with a 4.76 ERA in six career games against the Yankees, including 2-2 with a 3.80 ERA in four starts, and has lost four of his last five decisions at Rangers Ballpark.

Here are the lineups:

YANKEES (10-7)
Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Nick Swisher RF
Raul Ibanez LF
Eric Chavez DH
Russell Martin C

Pitching: Phil Hughes (1-2, 6.75)

RANGERS (14-4)
Ian Kinsler 2B
Elvis Andrus SS
Josh Hamilton CF
Adrian Beltre 3B
Michael Young DH
Nelson Cruz RF
David Murphy LF
Mike Napoli C
Mitch Moreland 1B

RHP Scott Feldman (0-0, 0.00 ERA)

 

14 Comments

IF I were Cashman I’d be calling Roy Oswalt’s agent asap.

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Scary thing about all of this is that PEttitte is the only true substitute pitch (mitchell as well?). Too many bad arms, not enough real answers. I knew there was a reason this pitching staff made me nervous. I still say Hughes could have value as a reliever, that’s more than anyone can say about Garcia.

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1-3 and a 7.88 ERA. enough of Phil Hughes!!!! The 2012 version of AJ Bustnett. Maybe the Pirates will take this guy off the Yankees hands.

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Right now I don’t care who you put in the rotation. Just STOP running Freddy & Phil out there. These two are killing the Yankee pen with their 3 innings of work per outing. Every year it’s the SAME thing with this team, a lack of starting pitching.

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Phelps isn’t going to be much help as a starting pitcher if he starts losing his effectiveness after 30 pitches. Yanks are going to have to trade or bring up someone from the minors who has a good record and can start. Granderson and ARod are certainly not tearing the cover off the ball tonight. Except for one game ARod has really not hit well at all since the beginning of the regular season, especially in clutch situations. I doubt he’ll ever get to where he was a few years ago and the Yankees are stuck with his big salary regardless.

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Baltimore looks like the real deal. Beat the Jays again tonight 3-0. Boston winning and the Rays winning, so the Yankees can’t afford to take very many nights off or they’re going to be near the bottom looking up.

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No one is going to trade for struggling pitchers unless the Yanks eat part of the contract, and both Hughes and Garcia, just look at BUSTnett,unless you send something else with them which doesn’t make it likely. If the Yanks were smart the would put Hughes in the pen where he has always excelled. IF things continue to hold as they are right now down the road Warren won’t be an option as a replacement pitcher as he continues to struggle, but DJ Mitchell may become an option if he continues to pitch as he has this season as he has easily out pitched Warren who had another terrible outing. I don’t expect much from Phelps either, he and Warren are too much alike and aren’t seen as anything better than back-of-the-rotation starters.

Just goes to show, it doesn’t matter how many arms you have on your roster, if they aren’t pitchers who can’t give you good results, the team will be stuck in the same position it would be in as if it had a terrible staff.

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I gave up on Phil Hughes three years ago. It is NEVER going to get better with this guy. He’s a BUST. Cashman you better start working the phones are take a chance on Warren or Phelps. Garcia & Hughes are jokes. THEY CANNOT PITCH WORTH A DAM. Stop thinking they can!!!! This team’s problem continues to be starting pitching for the third year in a row, Cashman!!!!

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Does anyone remember when we were worried about too much starting pitching?

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Hughes is a friggin disaster. Do not start him in the rotation again. Try David Phelps. We’re running out of starting pitchers who can succeed. Hughes has had his one good year and he’s done. Maybe he needs a change of team. Trade him somewhere he can perform and move on. How many more experiments are we going to try? How many more chances are we going to give him? How many more losses are we going to take with him on the mound? Not excusing our team for a lack of offence however.

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here we go. The real Hughes is stepping up. Another short outing and putting the team in a hole that will be hard against a team like the Rangers to get out of.

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wonderful. Ibanez lines into a double play. This is a pretty weak start at the plate.

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you’ve got to be kidding. Grandy strikes out and ARod strikes out. Last night deja vu. This could be a long night if they don’t get their @sses in gear.

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when you’re lauding Hughes you’retalking about his record in 2011. So far in 2012 his outings have been very shaky and unnerving. I hope he can have a good showing tonight. He’s pitching to a great offence. He either performs tonight or he should go back to the bull pen.

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