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  • yankz

    Amen. What a stud.

  • http://yankeesetc.blogspot.com/ Travis G.

    as someone else noted, he would probably be the Game 1 starter in Boston (God willing). Not bad for a 21-year-old…

    • http://sportinggurus.com Adam

      It’s Wang in a potential Game 1.

      • Jon

        Not to get ahead of myself…but I don’t think you want Wang on short rest twice in a row. Maybe, but I’d go with Hughes.

        It looksl like this to me:

        Hughes (on 4 days rest)
        Wang (4)
        Pettitte (4)
        Mussina (or Kennedy? or Clemens???) (a lot)
        Hughes (4)
        Wang (5)
        Pettitte (4)

        You’ve still got the 3 guys you want going twice, Mussina’s in the right place, and Wang and Pettitte for the last two.

        Plus, based on what we’ve seen so far, Hughes could easily turn in as good a start as Wang. I think if you’re having someone go on 3 days rest twice in a row, he’s got to be the obvious best option, and here I don’t think you can say that. I’d be in favor of it if it were Wang vs. Mussina, but there’s no way to skip Mussina’s turn unless Pettitte or Hughes goes on short rest.

  • CB

    Remarkable how many yankee fans said Hughes was overrated this year and how much flack he took coming back from the injury.

    All of a sudden everyone loved Jobba and Phil was a has been at 21.

    You can just tell he’s coming back to form with how good his curve ball was tonight. He hasn’t had that kind of break on it with that much command since the Texas game.

    Buster Olney in his chat this week said he thought Hughes could be a nice number 3 starter.

    He was the youngest pitcher in baseball this year. What a performance in the playoffs. Just remarkable.

    Trading him, even for Santana, would be an enormous mistake. I’ll take my chances next year in a 5 game / 7 game series with Joba and Phil making 40-50% of the starts.

    • yankz

      Did Olney mean a nice number 3 this year, or at his peak?

  • Count Zero

    That brought to mind Moose in game 7 of the 2003 ALCS. To me, Moose was the hero of that game.

    Phil didn’t have to come into quite so bad a situation, and he did allow the inherited runner to score, but we were down 0-2 in the series and badly in need of someone to stop the bleeding fast. His hold from that point on was remarkable for a young rookie, whereas Moose was a seasoned veteran.

    No — remarkable doesn’t do it justice. It was spectacular! If by some chance we manage to move on, it will be one of those forever memories to me. He showed me something very special tonight in a very tough situation.

  • http://yankeesetc.blogspot.com/ Travis G.

    forgot to add: it’s ironic that ‘Little Rocket’ bailed out ‘Big Rocket’ in maybe his last game ever.

  • Barry

    Hughes-Joba, watch out

    • Barry

      Not to mention they’re my age and they’re sober?gotta love em

  • shawnt

    Hughes da Mann

  • CB

    From what I could gather from the chat Olney meant that based on overall potential, he thought that Hughes would be a number 3 major league starter.

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  • Pettitte’s stare

    Looking ahead, any chance Mini moose would replace Clemens on the ALCS roster if/when we make it that far? Or does torre call on another reliever if Clemens can’t pitch?

    • Jon

      I don’t see any need for another reliever. If Kennedy is able to pitch, you take him, because in the ALCS you only have 4 viable starters, one of them is Mussina.

      Kennedy might be able to pitch now, in which case he can replace Clemens and be available for game 5 – but then Clemens cannot pitch in the ALCS.

      • dan

        kennedy hasn’t pitched since september 13th

        • Jersey

          Doesn’t he have twice as many healthy hammies as Clemens right now? I’d be willing to risk some rust….

  • Rob_in_CT

    If the Yankees make the ALCS (big, big if), I’d do this:

    Game 1: Hughes
    Game 2: Kennedy (!)
    off day
    Game 3: Wang
    Game 4: Pettitte
    off day
    Game 5: Hughes
    off day
    Game 6: Wang
    Game 7: Pettitte

    But of course that’s a ways off.

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