Hughes is not panning out and Yankee fans know it well. But one doesn’t need to focus as much to realize that Hughes simply doesn’t have what it takes to be starter. Hughes has become a dilemma and there’s no place to put him in this pitching staff. When will you use him? Middle relief? Setup man? No place for him, unfortunately and the Yankee management will need to do something about it very soon.
NEW YORK — It was only a few months ago that C.J. Wilson needed a home and the Yankees needed starting pitching. But when Wilson requested to visit the Yankees and tour their plush ballpark as part of his free-agent tour, he got a pretty surprising response: Thanks, but no thanks.
On Saturday afternoon, Wilson got his first chance to stick it to the big-market team that never considered his services and did so with six workmanlike innings of one-run ball in a 7-1 Angels win.
Any added chip on his shoulder for this one?
“I think it’s more of an aftertaste than before, because you really focus on getting the hitters out,” Wilson said. “You’re not trying to strike out the front office.”
Instead, Wilson continued to please his own front office — the one that signed him to a five-year, $77.5 million contract and has received a 2-0 record and a 1.38 ERA in his first 13 innings.
Considering the amount of money the Yankees frequently spend and the success that left-handed pitchers tend to have at their ballpark, Wilson and New York seemed like a pairing that made sense. But the Yankees had very little to spend, so they figured a meeting with Wilson wouldn’t accomplish much.
On Saturday, while constantly escaping jams and riding three homers from his offense, Wilson earned his first career win against the Yankees. And with that, the Angels (3-5) received just their third quality start from a rotation that (besides Wilson) has underperformed.
“We have a couple of new pieces on the team, and we’re just looking to jell,” said Wilson, who gave up six hits and walked two in a 105-pitch outing. “We have a lot of improvements to make — offensively, pitching-wise. We’re just concerned with trying to play our best baseball, and I don’t think we’ve shown that.”
On Saturday, at least, they began to show glimpses.
A rotation that had posted a 6.17 ERA in the previous six games finally provided a quality outing.
An offense that came in tied for second-fewest homers in the Majors (three) doubled that output in five innings, with Chris Iannetta, Howard Kendrick and Vernon Wells all going deep.
And a bullpen that was reeling got three scoreless innings from Kevin Jepsen, LaTroy Hawkins and little-used closer Jordan Walden to end the game.
But manager Mike Scioscia noted that his club went 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position and struck out 10 times.
In his mind, they still haven’t put together a complete game……Read More
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