Why you ask? Because their likely replacements will probably outperform them.
Phil Hughes is perfectly capable of matching the 11.1 IP, 12 H, 7 R, 6 ER, 2 BB, 4 K line put up by Pavano, and I’m sure Mighty Matt can match Moose’s 6 IP, 11 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 4 BB, 4 K effort.
Chase Wright is not the answer. If you think he is, then I hope the simplicity of calling him up because he’sÂ lined up to start Tuesday and is already on theÂ 40-man rosterÂ comforts youÂ when he gets his brains beat in. Start the process of dumping Colter Bean and Jeff Kennard off the 40-man (seriously, why do these guys have a spot anyway? They’re dead weight), and get Hughes andÂ DeSalvo ready to go.
IÂ can’t fathomÂ why everyone’s afraid to call Hughes up. He’sÂ learned as much as possibleÂ in the minors, he’s as ready as he’s going to get, and the Yanks haveÂ the need for him. The Yanks can show some confidence inÂ Mighty Matt after his dominant outing, and help him further get back on track.Â
It’s an ideal situation: they’re low risk moves with the potential for great reward, plus they’re nice and easy to back out of.Â
FYI, Britton got the call to reinforce the pen for the next couple of days.
Let’s get a little discussion going: who should fill in for Moose and Meatball, why, and how will they fare?
Update: The Yanks have decided who will start Tuesday, but won’t announce who it’ll beÂ until the player has been notified. Translation: Double-A Trenton will need to find a starter for Tuesday. Sigh.
I can’t believe I have to campaign for a Phil Hughes promotion….
Update Part Deux: It’s Chase “I’m half the pitcher Hughes is, but I’ve made 2 great starts in a league I’m too old for after having 1 good year since being drafted in 2001″ Wright. I’m not bitter…