Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Am I crazy for thinking Phil Hughes on the mound plus Raul Ibanez in LF = a bad idea?
I think we tend to judge Hughes a bit too harshly. He’s pitched in portions of 15 innings this year, and the other team has only scored in 8 of those innings. Really, if you take away the 10 runs he’s allowed he’s been as good as any pitcher in baseball this year. With the news about Michael Pineda’s labrum tear, Hughes has a chance to stay in the rotation all year. He won’t do it if he doesn’t start pitching better than he has.
It’s pretty interesting to me how similar Scott Feldman’s 2009 (189.2 IP, 114 ERA+) is to Hughes’s 2010 (176.1 IP, 103 ERA+), mainly because of how crappy they’ve both been (175.2 IP, 88 ERA+ for Feldman, 88 IP of 75 ERA+) since their respective good seasons.
I was primarily hoping the Yankees would just not get swept in this series, so I suppose I should be happy that they won the opener and not really care about what happens tonight. But unfortunately that’s not the way fandom works. Even a win tonight won’t change the fact that I’m really bummed about the Pineda situation, so whatever.
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