In what has become more of a chore than a pleasure, I will sit down tonight and watch the Yankees take the field against the Rangers. Rooting for a team that’s on a losing streak is painful, and frankly, this season has been excruciating so far. But I’m a fan, what choice do I have? I’m not going to switch teams, I’m not going to stop watching. The only thing I can do is believe they will turn things around, and I do. In the mean time, I find specific reasons to watch each game.
Tonight, that reason is easy to come by. Phil Hughes, the future of the franchise, will take the mound in his second start for the Bombers. I expect tonight to be the night that shows us what Hughes really is. In his first start, Hughes sandwiched three great innings between two horrible ones. In the first, nerves got the best of him, in the last, he was out of gas, and out of adrenaline. Tonight, he’s on the road and he knows what to expect.
The Rangers have a legit lineup, which is currently under-performing. Mark Teixeira and Michael Young are both struggling mightily, but second-year man Ian Kinsler and comeback-player-of-the-month, Sammy Sosa have picked up the slack.
The Rangers, as a team, strike out 7.2 times per game. I expect Hughes to surpass that number tonight. I think his line looks something like this:
6 IP, 2 earned runs, 5 hits, 1 walk, 10 K’s.
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