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May 1st 2008 18:59
So the New York Yankee season began with a rain delay. Then something very strange happened. The Yankees played 19 games in a row without a day off. The Major League limit is 20. Because of the still potentially inclement weather in April, most teams have several days off to start the season. During this incredible streak of games, the team played 18 of 20 games on the road. This massive road trip included cold weather visits to Kansas City, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland and Baltimore.

After The Yanks arrived back in NY after playing 18 straight days on the road, one would think that they would have a day off before starting their series against Detroit. However, they did not. Instead they opened up on Monday night, the perfect day of the week for an off day.

The Yankees finish the month of April one game under .500. The heart of the team, Jorge Posada, is on the DL for the first time in his career. American League MVP Alex Rodriguez is on the DL for the first time in ten years. The team also lost Brian Bruney for potentially the entire season. Struggling rookie pitcher Phil Hughes has also been placed on the 15-Day DL with a right oblique strain.

Can Hughes Live Up to His 2007 Performances?

Itís rather humorous to me that all of a sudden, so many scouts, analysts and baseball fans think that Hughes was completely overvalued after a few rough starts. Many now even say that he will be nothing more than a fifth starter. This is same guy that was drafted in the first round. The same guy that was rated the #1 Yankee Prospect by Baseball American in 2007 and also the best pitching prospect in the minor leagues. What people may be forgetting is that Hughes is only 21. He is the second youngest player in the league and the youngest pitcher. He is growing up on the biggest baseball stage in the world. Iím not concerned about his ability; Iíve seen his dominance. He is more of an injury risk than anything. Last year, he strained his hamstring during the 7th inning of his no-hit bid against Texas. Then, while rehabbing, he sprained his ankle. Now he has an oblique strain. Is he still compensating for his other injuries?

Is Phil Hughes the new Mark Prior? On the bright side, he hasnít had any major arm troubles. However, often times, arm injuries are the result of compensation from other troubled spots.

The Yankees have three days off in May. Once again they will go on a stretch of 13 games without a day off. However, at least 7 of those games are at home. For any team, especially an older one, playing so many games in a row and on the road will inevitably take its toll. Perhaps that is why the team is not hitting? How many times will they leave the bases loaded? Perhaps that explains the weary arms in the rotation? Or perhaps theyíre just not a legitimate contending team? Theyíre certainly not playing like one. But itís only May 1st; we have five more months to find out.

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May 2nd 2008 07:45
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