Game 28 Lineup: Yankees @ Royals

Lineup vs. Royals

Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Nick Swisher DH
Raul Ibanez LF
Russell Martin C
Dewayne Wise RF

Phil Hughes RF

Start Time: 2:10pm
Stadium: Kauffman Stadium
T.V: YES Network
Radio: WCBS 880

–The game is slated to start at 2:10 however there are thunderstorms in the forecast so there will most likely be a delay of game.

Enjoy the game everyone! (If it happens) 

About Delia E.

Delia Enriquez is the managing editor of Yankees Fans Unite. She enjoys analyzing the New York Yankees whether it be their pitching, roster or their manager. You can follow her on twitter @dfiregirl4 for more tweets, analysis and opinion on the Yankees.

Posted on May 6, 2012, in Game Threads and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. Angelo Aka YankeeFever2011

    Hi Delia ! Yankees will be ok they always have these slumps early and always overcome injuries! The offense is struggling because 2 key componets are out. Swish and Gardner but I still think we need more pitching ! A deal has to be made Cash. or bring Betances up with Pettite 🙂

    • Good points Angelo. Swish still leads the team in RBIs and Gardner was hitting bout .320 and makes a great play every night. I do have concerns about Tex & ARod.

      The pitching has to do better. CC has had 3 great starts in a row but everyone else must pitch better. Kuroda has to gain some consistency and avoid the terrible starts. Nova has the stuff but needs to improve his concentration & command as he’s leaving too many pitches up and over the plate. Hughes looked better last start and he’s pitching for his life. Phelps has a chance to steal Hughes’ spot when Andy comes back.

      So, if Andy comes back and is effective, that will likely be the only change to expect. Betances is not pitching well in AAA so unless you think Warren or DJ Mitchell should be given a shot, there isn’t much help coming. Just have to give Phelps a shot and see what we have in Andy b/c Kuroda & Nova aren’t going anywhere yet.

  2. first good outing of the yr for Hughes. He has scrapped his Cutter all together and has picked up etra velocity. He was right around 94 all day long from his 1st pitch til his 113th. More importantly he commanded it well down in the zone and elevated up and out of the zone when ahead in the count. He threw 18 Curves but it wasn’t a nasty pitch at all. However, when thrown in the right counts and in the right spots it can be effective. His Changeup was better than its been all yr because he located it down and away.

    He still threw too many pitches and Phil is never going to be a big-time starter unless he finds a second plus pitch. However, he earned himself a longer look today.

    Phil has stopped throwing his Cutter in his last 2 starts. I don’t know if the Yanks feel the Cutter causes him to lose velocity or not but the end of the Cutter has led to a jump in his average FB velocity. I’d be curious to see if he gets more movement/effectiveness on his Cutter now that his Velocity is up to where it should be. In 2009 and the first half of 2010 when Phil was most effective, the Cutter was his out pitch. I’d like to see him try the Cutter next start because he’s not going to get through the stronger lineups throwing 4-seam FB’s 83 of 113 pitches like he did today.

    • Hi Fishjam….
      Didn’t we go over that cutter this spring and last fall? I always thought the cutter was a pitch stealer….unless one could throw the fastball around 95+, throwing the cutter put your fastball at lower speeds.
      I would stay away from the cutter if I were he! He had a very good curve and a passable change-up. Work on them, he is not and never will be, a power pitcher any how. Keep the speed around the 94+. Use FB, Curve, Change-up…those pitches use to be the principal feature of him. 🙂

      • When Phil was the top pitching prospect in MLB in the minors, he was FB and Curve but if you recall, I showed the videos of how his arm action has changed over the years. That has robbed Hughes of being able to throw downhill and have a good Curve. His Curve now tends to float and roll up to the plate and unless perfectly located is very easy to hit. He has to develop either a put-away pitch or a pitch he can get easy outs on to be a successful long-term starter. He throws too many pitches and needs a Sinker, Slider or Cutter to succeed.

        • george jetson

          When Hughes was one of the better pitching prospects he got ground ball outs. Until he can do that in MLB he’s a reliever.

  3. I have been begging for Hughes to stop using that cutter so much it was pretty awful

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