In a time where the New York Yankees pitching staff is need of stability, David Phelps stepped up and delivered. Phelps start was marred by Yankees manager Joe Girardi's ejection and an eighth inning walkathon that ultimately sealed the Yanks fate. Unfortunately Phelps solid first start was washed out by all the drama, Monday night in Anaheim.
Phelps who competed for the fifth rotation spot all spring, delivered a strong performance in his first start of the season. With the Yankees suffering key injuries to their starting rotation, including the recent placement of suspended starter, Michael Pineda on the DL, Phelps answered the call for the beleaguered Yankees staff. Phelps shut down the Angels offense for 5 1/3 innings, only giving up one run on three hits and allowing one earned run. Phelps departed in the fifth with the Yankees down 1-0, giving them a good chance to pull the game out. The Yankees tied the game in the seventh and Phelps received a no-decision on the night.
All in all Phelps looked good starting for the first time since last season. "I was throwing my pitches for strikes and getting ahead of guys," Phelps said. In a game that was highlighted by Girard's ejection and the bullpens' inability keep the Yankees in the game, Phelps also felt he could have done more. "I just didn't attack the zone," Phelps said. " I just didn't do what I normally do. Obviously you saw that it cost me." Even though Phelps was critical of his performance, he was the lone bright spot for the Bombers pitching staff.
Phelps has proven that he can step up for the Yankees when needed. Considering the current condition of the Yankees pitching staff, Phelps should continue to see starts for the Yankees. With CC Sabathia, Michael Pineda and even Hiroki Kiroda, looking suspect, Phelps is a breath of fresh air for the decimated staff. As the Yankees ponder their next move, Phelps should be considered as a viable option. New York will look to the trade market as an answer for their woes, but Phelps has proven that he has what it takes to pitch competitive baseball as a starter in the Majors.Tags: Baseball, MLB, New York, New York Yankees