Article: Phil Hughes' Long Curving History
Posted 05 March 2014 - 12:09 AM
"You spend a good piece of your life gripping a baseball and in the end it turns out that it was the other way around all the time." -- Jim Bouton, "Ball Four"
Posted 05 March 2014 - 08:37 AM
Posted 05 March 2014 - 09:07 AM
I'm not super confident he can do that but more than any of our other acquisitions this past year he's the one I'm cheering for. Hopefully going back to his curve will help that become reality.
Posted 05 March 2014 - 09:31 AM
Posted 05 March 2014 - 09:58 AM
Is there any chance Bobby Cueller will be able to help him refine a change up as a third pitch to go along with the return of the curve? One of the things I felt might help Hughes was a new coaching staff (that and just getting the hell out of New York, away from the park and the fan pressure) and while I've had my issues with Anderson on occasion our pitching coaches seem well-suited to help Hughes succeed.
Hughes should be a good bridge starter for the franchise: if he plays to ability, he's a solid 2-3 starter even on a good team and should be able to grind up innings and hold down a spot while the prospects develop. He's experienced enough to be a good mentor to younger pitcher, but he's not just a guy trying to get by on guts and guile. And the contract is a good one for the team, but not a bad one for the player, which could be important in years 2-3 to reduce the likelihood of a nasty holdout/renegotiation fight if Hughes pitches well.
Now, here's hoping the team (and I) were right about this.
Edited by jmlease1, 05 March 2014 - 10:00 AM.
Posted 05 March 2014 - 10:22 AM
Posted 05 March 2014 - 08:54 PM
Posted 06 March 2014 - 03:43 PM
Posted 06 March 2014 - 03:54 PM
[FONT=Arial]Last year, his concern that hitters were picking up the curve out of his hand...[/FONT]
If that's the problem, why doesn't he just sit and throw curveballs to one of the best eyes in the game...Mauer? Help each other out. Why is it that a pitching coach is the only person who can help a pitcher? After a bunch of curveballs, I bet Joe could tell him if he's tipping his pitch based on his grip/motion. Joe can't tell him how to fix it, but he could point out his weaknesses and that's half the battle.
Posted 08 March 2014 - 05:54 PM