He Should Stay

Phil Hughes last night: 5 innings. 6 hits. 3 runs. 1 walk. 9 ks. 1 win. This man belongs in the majors, ideally as a starter. The Yanks need to figure it out. It may not always be pretty this year. But it’ll pay off down the road. Aces are built.

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  • I agree, though who’s going to get the short straw? The only one that is even a possibility is Joba, but ya, I would love for him to get some innings as a 22 (or so)..

    Lar May 21, 2009, 11:14 am
  • I agree – he has been solid aside from that one outing in Baltimore. It’s a pickle though, because if Wang is back and can perform at 85-90% of his true level, he is the more valuable starter. Given the lack of room for error in teh East this year, it’s a very tough call. And I think it could benefit Hughes to work on a change in the minors, but yeah, IMO he has shown he is a serviceable major league at this point (and age age 22 still a very good bet to improve).

    Mark - YF May 21, 2009, 12:06 pm
  • Agreed, but I’d love to see him in the pen. He shouldn’t pitch more than 150 innings this year any ways. Stick him in the pen until they need a spot start. At this point getting out MLB hitters requires facing MLB hitters. He has nothing left to prove in the minors.
    And for the record, I think the Sox are making the same mistake with Buchholz. Signing Penny was a mistake.

    Rob May 21, 2009, 12:15 pm
  • Hughes does not throw a changeup. He is not going to throw a changeup. He throws a cutter instead, that he has faith in.

    AndrewYF May 21, 2009, 12:32 pm
  • I guess it depends on Wang…does he still completely suck? Hughes only partial sucks while Wang completely sucks. Hmm…
    I wouldn’t mind putting Hughes in the bullpen for this year?

    krueg May 21, 2009, 3:26 pm
  • And he allowed a 1.014 OPS to lefties. Might be time to shake things up a bit.

    Mark - YF May 21, 2009, 4:12 pm

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