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Around The Yankees Galaxy 8/13/2010

  • Jay Jaffe takes a look at Phil Hughes' recent struggles by breaking down the changes in his pitch usage as the season has progressed.  Hughes is doing something differently, although I'm not sure whether it's that, or simply the ups and downs of a long season, that explain his dropoff from the first half to the second.  It's been four years since he's thrown this many innings, and most of those came against AA quality hitters. He's still averaging 6 innings a start, and has a sub-4.00 ERA, which is actually pretty amazing for a 24 year old in his first full season of starting in the AL East.  Prior to the season, we could have only hoped he would "struggle" this much.
  • Apparantly, Curtis Granderson went to the doctor....the swing doctor.  I'm all for anything that might help, but I suspect that he's probably due for a turnaround simply because he's a better player than this.  Perhaps working with Kevin Long may give some sort of psychological boost as well.
  • Mark Teixeira has turned his season around, but Fangraphs wonders what it would take to get back to his career triple slash stats this season.  I don't think he will, but I'm not sure it's entirely due to the slump.  Offense is down, not significantly, but noticeably this season.  But Tex's OPS+ currently sits 134, or if you prefer, his wRC+ is 135, and those are both within single digits of his career average.  All this while he's hitting .256
  • Here's a question that I don't want to know the answer (or other answer) to.
  • Last but not least, via It's About The Money, here are the 30 worst baseball cards of all time.  Um, yeah.  Let's just say that I'm eternally grateful that I'm too young to have suffered throught the atrocious hairstyles, horrendous facial hair, and dorktastic glasses of the '70s and '80s.