Huff will start Saturday, Hughes moving to bullpen

Game 138: Sale vs. Kuroda, Part II
Staten Island wins and loses on second to last day of the season

Left-hander David Huff will start against the Red Sox on Saturday, Joe Girardi announced. Phil Hughes is moving to the bullpen and could be available as soon as tomorrow. Clearly the right move based on this morning’s poll.

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Game 138: Sale vs. Kuroda, Part II
Staten Island wins and loses on second to last day of the season
  • JLC 776

    Doesn’t matter how, just keep winning!

  • nycsportzfan

    I think this is the right move. Huff has pitched brilliantly, and deserves a chance to build on the momentum hes built for himself. Sox have seen Hughes alot more the past yr or 2 then they have Huff, so maybe we surprise em a bit?

  • Nuke Guy (Knoxvillain)

    Both Hughes and Chamberlain were both big disappointments. I never would have guessed either of them would be this bad let alone both of them.

    It’s not too late to trade both of them for Clayton Kershaw, r-r-right guys?

  • Eddard

    This is a huge upgrade. Even if Huff can only go 5 that’s one more inning than Hughes could go. They should have made this move months ago. Hughes can take Joba’s spot and maybe be of some use for an inning or two.

    • Evan3457

      Months ago, Gracie?

      How many months would that be?

  • nycsportzfan

    So what kinda contract do you think Hughes is gonna get mike??lol At this rate, he’s gonna be paying a team to play for em..lol j/k.

    • forensic

      Nah, some generous team will give him a minor league deal with a ST invite. :-)

    • Robinson Tilapia

      He’ll get a year, even two, somewhere, but at a lot less money than we were talking about.

      Someone will try to bank on the possibility that a big stadium not in New York will make the difference, but they won’t hedge their bets too much.

      Not opposed to bringing him back as a bullpen piece on a short, cheap deal, especially if things shift this next month for him.

      • forensic

        Still willing to give him a qualifying offer? ;-)

        • Robinson Tilapia

          That ship has most definitely sailed.

      • nycsportzfan

        I wonder how much he thinks about what this yr has done to his career, as far as money?

        Obviously, hes not hurting for money, but still was a golden chance to cash in if he could of just been a decent inning eater. He has been terrible though.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          If I had to wager, he’s probably about as thrilled at Ben Kabak staring at a hat with a steak knife.

    • lightSABR

      You guys keep forgetting: in 61.2 innings away from Yankee Stadium this year, he has a 3.84 ERA and a 4.17 FIP. He’s going to get a guaranteed major-league contract on the basis of that alone, and probably multiple years.

      I think at this point the Yankees definitely can’t give him a qualifying offer, though, which is really too bad.

    • JGYank

      Since teams can use his terrible performance as leverage not much. $5M AAV max.

  • the Real Greg

    Tampa scores 1st against the Angels. Up 1-0 in the second.

    • A.D.

      At least one of OAK/Tex has to lose

  • trr

    I’m satisfied.

  • forensic

    Cool. Hopefully it’s not too little, too late.

  • http://www.twitter.com/mattpat11 Matt DiBari

    CHRISTMAS IN SEPTEMBER

  • Tar

    Sox

    .259 .335 .406 .740 vs LHP

    .282 .353 .452 .805 vs RHP

    Originally I was against Huff over Hughes, but on second thought……

    Let Huff get through the line-up a couple of times, then bring in a fired up Hughes. It might just work.

    • http://www.twitter.com/mattpat11 Matt DiBari

      “Fired up Hughes” sounds like carny for “David Ortiz home run”

      • Tar

        I was thinking more like the 2009 version. You know the guy throwing bb’s in the late innings.

        Speaking of Big Papi when are the Yankees going to start making him feel uncomfortable in the box? The man owns both batters boxes vs the Yanks, that need to stop.

        • http://www.twitter.com/mattpat11 Matt DiBari

          2009 was a long time ago

          • Robinson Tilapia

            True, but I think he could be something different, but still effective. Worth a shot this last week if the team is worried about Kelley not being ready for big innings in a stretch run.

            • Robinson Tilapia

              “last month,” not “week.” I need to go to bed.

        • Mr. Roth

          I sure hope the Yankees get a good opportunity to bean Ortiz during this series.

          Just to be clear, by good opportunity I mean something like a 9 run lead with 2 outs and the bases clear in the top of the 9th with Joba or Betances on the mound.

  • A.D.

    I mean Huff will probably suck this weekend but glad they’re trying to do something

  • Cy Pettitte

    Hughes would most likely get destroyed by the Sox anyway so I like taking their chances with Huff.

  • Eddard

    This really gives the team a fighting chance on Saturday and that’s why they made the move. The team is firing on all cylinders right now. Big comeback in the 8th tonight. Eduardo Nuney, the hero, gets a gatorade bath with Meredith. What I wouldn’t give to be a fly in that gatorade. And now they might have a chance to get within 2 of the Rays. It’s a great night to be a Yankee fan.

  • CashmanNinja

    The sad thing about Hughes is he has so much freaking talent. He can EASILY get to an 0-2 count, but he just can’t put batters away. It leads to getting hit around (especially in the HR department). Think about that…0-2 easy as pie, but then he gets into trouble. Usually the pitchers that can get to 0-2 counts that easily are absolute studs, the elite pitchers. I’m not saying Hughes can be an elite pitcher, but he’s always had that stud kind of potential and just can’t seem to completely harness it. It’s sad that he’s fallen so far, but I definitely think his days as a Yankee are numbered. At this rate I don’t even think they’ll risk extending him a qualifying offer at this point because he’ll most likely be paid big starter money while being a mop up guy.

  • Slu

    Our long national nightmare is over. Huff earned his shot and every game is a must win. The right move.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Tomorrow they’ll announce a Shake Shack at the stadium by Friday.

  • the Real Greg

    Angels have tied the game at 1 on a throwing error by Zobrist.

  • forensic

    It’s amazing how the Hughes and Joba eras are ending.

    • the Real Greg

      Hughes, Joba, Kennedy: The “Generation K” of the Yankees

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Yeah. At least each had a peak we can be proud of, and they contributed to us getting rings. Flags fly forever, and I won’t kick them….too much….when they’re out the door.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        “Rings” was obviously not meant to be plural there.

        • http://www.twitter.com/mattpat11 Matt DiBari

          There’s still time.

          • Robinson Tilapia

            That’s the spirit. Thank you for that correction.

            • http://www.twitter.com/mattpat11 Matt DiBari

              Without hope, what do we have?

              • Evan3457

                Feathers?

                Maybe not.

                • Betty Lizard

                  Nice.

          • Havok9120

            Hear, hear!

  • the Real Greg

    Desmond Jennings homers in the 3rd to give the Rays a 2-1 lead.

  • the Real Greg

    And the Rays are threatening to break it open

  • Havok9120

    Meh. It does my psyche good, but I’m not at all certain it’s an actual improvement to the rotation. If Hughes is in his usual bullpen form he’ll be more valuable in that role than Huff was.

    I feel good for Huff though. It’s nice to get rewarded for good work.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      I’m not certain either, but he’s looked good in relief and there’s one way to find out if there’s lightning in a bottle there. Just keep the pen ready.

  • Betty Lizard

    Selling my soul FINALLY pays off.

    • Russell Martin

      Ooh baby…

      • Betty Lizard

        :-)

  • Betty Lizard

    Phil did his best, it wasn’t much
    With no third pitch just not enough
    He told the truth, he didn’t come to fool you
    And even though Huff may go wrong
    I’ll stand before the Lord of Song
    With nothing on my tongue but Hallelujah

  • the Real Greg

    Pirates win and will finish .500+ for the first time since 1992

  • Get Phelps Up

    David’s going to go all Dustin Moseley on us.

    • forensic

      Nice, maybe throw in a little 2005 Aaron Small too.

    • Havok9120

      Heck yeah. Sign me up.

  • Wheels

    Rays up 4-1 in the 4th.

  • Captain Turbo

    Joey Binders pulls the trigger. I am both amazed and pleased.

  • Gonzo

    I’m a bit surprised, but I am excited about this move. Not that I think Huff is dyn-O-mite, but I like fighting for every last inning of every game. Give ‘em hell Huff!