Bad Phil Hughes loses to A’s as offense fails to show up


Phil Hughes couldn’t last even five innings and the Yankees offense might as well have taken the night off as they lost 5-2 to the Athletics in Oakland on Wednesday night.

It was the fifth time in 13 starts this season that Hughes couldn’t last five innings. He served up a two-run homer to Brandon Moss in the second inning. John Jaso then drove in another in the fifth inning to make it 3-0 and chased Hughes from the game.

Shawn Kelley and Boone Logan came in and pitched two scoreless innings, but Joba Chamberlain was quick to give up a homer to Moss and a RBI-single to Jaso that extended the A’s lead to 5-2.

Meanwhile, the Yankees offense did very little. It picked up one run in the sixth on a Mark Teixeira sac fly that made it 3-1. They made it 3-2 on a Jayson Nix RBI-single in the seventh, but they would only get one other runner into scoring position all night and he would be stranded when pinch hitter Chris Stewart struck out.

• Ichiro Suzuki entered the game hitting .233/.303/.233 during the month of June, but was the only Yankee with multiple hits in the game as he went 2-for-4.

• The Yankees 1-6 hitters went just 1-for-20 with Robinson Cano picking up the lone hit. Cano is hitting .189/.333/.297 in June.

• Really the entire offense has been putrid this month hitting just .228/.296/.327 so it doesn’t make sense to single them all out. Only Brett Gardner has been any good lately, but he went 0-for-3.

• Despite good strikeout and walk ratios this season Phil Hughes has been really bad. He did have a great run of four strong starts in late April, but since then he has a 6.17 ERA in seven starts.

• Joba Chamberlain always takes awhile to shake off the rust whenever he gets hurt. This time is no different as he has a 8.44 ERA even with an impressive 15.2 K/9 and 3.4 BB/9 in five outings since coming off the DL.

• The Yankees don’t even need Joba to be the 7th inning guy anymore though since the emergence of Shawn Kelley, who has a 3.20 ERA, a 13.7 K/9 and a 2.8 BB/9 over his last 19.2 innings.

• Preston Claiborne finally walked a batter, the first in his major league career. He’s now got a 0.46 ERA, a 7.3 K/9 and a 0.5 BB/9 in 19.2 innings.

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Photo credit: (June 11, 2013 – Source: Ezra Shaw/Getty Images North America).

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5 Responses to Bad Phil Hughes loses to A’s as offense fails to show up

  1. Matt Streichle says:

    I don't see how Hughes stays in the rotation once Pineda comes up. His inconsistency is not worth the potential ceiling of his talent, and I really believe that Nova would be a better suited candidate for the 5th spot in the rotation (because Phelps has definitely surpassed Hughes) at this point in the season.

    • I'd actually prefer Phelps-Nuno over Hughes-Nova at this point. Unfortunately Nuno is on the DL right now. I think Hughes is a little old to be talking about his ceiling. He's a 1-pitch pitcher who has been in the league for 7 years. He may still get better with time, especially if he moves to a big park in the NL, but he's certainly never going to be the ace the Yankees thought they drafted.

      • Tanned Tom says:

        Only question is to trade him, or make him the qualifying offer and get a draft pick. Since he's pitching himself out of the rotation there should be no way he gets a big FA deal, which means you can't risk him taking the QA. So trade him, and now. Let Warren and Nova fill the spot until Pineda is ready.

  2. Michael R. says:

    Phil & Joba are trade bait. Too many younger arms.

  3. David K. says:

    Phil Hughes is a man who has desperately needed an out pitch for his entire career with the Yankees. For the life of me, I cannot understand why the Yankees refuse to teach the split finger fastball to their young pitchers. Mark my words, Phil Hughes will go to another team where they will teach him the splitter and he will be a number 1 or 2 pitcher. If the Yankees didn't want to risk him throwing the splitter, they should have kept him as a reliever. In that role, he throws 95 heat and is almost untouchable. As a starter, he throws 93 tops and, while that is good enough to get ahead in the count, it's not enough to put away the hitter. I've never seen a guy who struggles so much to finish off a hitter after getting ahead in the count 0-2.

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