An analysis of the difficulties seeking autographs outside the new Yankee Stadium as compared to the old ballpark. Included are photos of the stadium’s more secluded player entrance layout and the most underrated outside location to meet visiting team members.
Which, IMHO, is the absolute best place for him to start the season. Let him pitch and gain some confidence. He was rushed to the big leagues and that has set him back. This way he can pitch some, then come up later in the year and help the Yankees.
2007: 1.54 WHIP, 5.50 ERA, 7.05 K/9
2008: 1.23 WHIP, 3.32 ERA, 7.34 K/9
2008: 1.71 WHIP, 6.62 ERA, 6.09 K/9
While there is plenty of blame to go around for the Yanks' failed season, the player who most underperformed my expectations was Phil Hughes. Granted, Jorge Posada was a close second, but at least Jorge managed to be league average in his 168 ABs.
Hughes' injuries seemed as baffling as frustrating, and with the injury bug also biting No. 5 ranked prospect Alan Horne and ace CMW, the Yanks just didn't have the depth to overcome the hole in the rotation.
Think about it this way: if Hughes makes 15 more starts and goes only 5.1IP he adds 80 innings of work. That would replace Sidney Ponson.
But Danks made a big turn in a year, as did Edwin Jackson, Scott Baker, Ervin Santana, and Joe Saunders. One successful young pitcher is the difference between ending the season in September and playing into October.