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Hughes seems to be edging out Joba

Mar 23, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

While some folks tell us not to care about such things, the fact remains that there is a fifth starter’s race in the Bronx, so we may as well pass along the developments that transpire therein.

Joba pitched in that intra-squad game yesterday giving up two runs on six hits in five innings against mostly backups and AAA talent. Hughes pitched against a Phillies lineup consisting of many starters, but Hughes did pitch late in the game and there had been many substitutions by then. His line score looked superficially bad — four runs on five hits in 4.1 innings with three homers — but (a) people who were at the game are saying that the wind was blowing out strong; (b) Hughes struck out six; and (c) Joe Girardi said that Hughes had his best stuff all spring.  Which matters more than a random line score in the Grapefruit League.

Girardi says that he’s going to make his decision by Thursday. Most people are assuming at this point that it will be Hughes, partially because he threw well yesterday, partially because they view Joba’s appearance in a split squad game as some kind of exile and partially because people are still in love with 2007 Joba Chamberlain and the bullpen and all of that. And it may very well be Hughes. Usually when the tabloid guys pull something out of their posterior someone will contradict it in short order, but thus far no one has contradicted the “it’s Hughes” conventional wisdom.

Which is fine, at least as long as it doesn’t mean that the Yankees are going to forever consign Chamberlain to the pen. Working him in to the rotation a bit this season to give tired arms a rest and planing on him moving in to replace Pettitte or Vazquez next year makes a lot more sense than ending his career as a starter at age 24.

Especially considering that he really hasn’t done anything to lose his spot as a starter as much as Hughes has done to win a spot as one. If that makes any sense.

  1. Church of the Perpetually Outraged - Mar 23, 2010 at 6:47 PM

    Hughes ERA IP WHIP K9 K/BB HR9
    Starter 5.22 141.1 1.436 7.1 1.90 1.1
    Chamberlain ERA IP WHIP K9 K/BB HR9
    Starter 4.18 221.2 1.480 8.4 2.04 1.0

    Quoting this because people need to pay attention, and stop spouting off stupid shit like “Joba has a bullpen mentality”.
    Oh and for fun:
    Phil Hughes ’09 WAR – 2.2
    Mariano Rivera ’09 WAR – 2.0

  2. jwb - Mar 23, 2010 at 7:16 PM

    I apologize for the unreadable chart above. The (code) tag does not work here. How about (tt), (kbd), (samp), (var), or


    Captcha: Trudeau kisser. So that’s Jane Pauley?

  3. jwb - Mar 23, 2010 at 7:34 PM

    The (pre) tag seems to work.

    Hughes    ERA    IP  WHIP   K9 K/BB HR9
    Starter  5.22 141.1 1.436  7.1 1.90 1.1
    Reliever 1.40  51.1 0.857 11.4 5.00 0.4
    Chamberlain ERA  IP  WHIP   K9 K/BB HR9
    Starter  4.18 221.2 1.480  8.4 2.04 1.0
    Reliever 1.50  60.0 0.983 11.9 3.95 0.3
  4. jackie boy - Mar 25, 2010 at 1:17 AM

    Your either on drugs,or a drunk. The sux don’t have the offense to even finish third in the AL East. The whole pitching staff is suspect.You have two breakdowns waiting to happen, in Beckett,and Lackey,the Pillsbury doughboy (Matsusaka) is an overpaid bum, and Buchholz is unreliable. The only semblance of a pitcher would be Lester, and he’s not all that reliable. In essence maybe you should rename yourself redsux jackass ! sounds good, doesn’t it. jackass !

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