Sep 28, 2007

Hughes looking sharp

Phil Hughes has a 2.73 era in September (in five starts): 29.2 ip, 9 er, 25 hits, 10 bb, 18 k. Tonight was his best start since the aborted no-hitter in May as he surrendered just one run in seven innings - a HR to Carlos Pena which is nothing to be ashamed of (he even homered yesterday off Wang). His era on the year is now down to a very respectable 4.46. With Hughes' recent success, Moose will be on a very short leash in any postseason start he makes.

Joba also pitched an inning (on back to back days for the first time) and looked... not quite right at first (his fastball was only 93 mph to the first batter), allowing a leadoff double, but came back to strike out two without allowing a run (eventually hitting 99 mph against the last batter).

Jose Veras closed out the game and actually has a chance to make the postseason roster. He sits 94-96 mph with a decent slider and if he can keep his control problems in check, could become a valuable addition to the bullpen.

Outfielder Bronson Sardinha (the Yanks 1st round draft pick in 2001) and shortstop Alberto Gonzalez (acquired from Arizona in the Unit trade) had their first ML hits tonight - both singles. Congrats!

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