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For the Birds

by Richard Gonyeau
April 28, 2010

  One of the defining qualities of a veteran pitcher is being able to control the game on any given night when they don't have their best stuff. Last night against the Orioles, journeyman Phil Hughes showed veteran poise and proved that he could manage a game despite a lack of pitch control. To me, it was his most impressive start of the year.

Unfortunately, the bullpen did not exhibit the same resolve. Robertson blew yet another lead for the Yankees during a 3-run 6th inning for the Orioles. After a Posada throwing error in the 8th allowed the O's to take a 3 run lead, the Yankees 9th inning rally came up one run short. It was the second straight loss for the Yanks, and the first win at home for the worst team in the league.

On a positive note, Robinson Cano went 3 for 4 and is on an absolute tear. He's 12 for his last 23, and is now batting .389 for the season. Nicky Swish went 3 for 4 with 2 runs scored.

Yankee managers have a lot of faith in Robertson because his stuff is really quite strong. He has a reliable fastball and great off-speed pitches (curveball, change) as well. But handing the ball over to him is by no means a sure thing this year. The rest of the pen hasn't been much better. Not counting Rivera, they're currently posting a 5.26 era. All I can say from a fan's perspective is that I am beginning to question the ability of the bullpen to lock it down in the late innings.

1 comment:

  1. I agree with the Hughes effort, a great sign he is turning into a real pro.