Today’s live batting practice assignments for Field 1 start with these two names: Hughes, Chamberlain.
Guess which field Joe Girardi will be watching.
Phil Hughes and Joba Chamberlain will face hitters for the first time this afternoon, but we’ve already seen that these batting practice sessions don’t tell us a whole lot about the hitters or the pitchers. Hitters are mostly tracking pitches. Pitchers are announcing what they’re about to throw, then trying to throw strikes.
That said, this is clearly the next step in the fifth starter competition.
May the best man win.