I have been saying for almost a year that David Phelps is the future of the New York Yankees.
Judging by the way he pitched in 2012, I liked his stuff and felt that he has the potential of being an ace. Yes, his record was 4-4 in 2012, but two of his wins came as a starter. He is better suited as a starting pitcher rather than a reliever. When the season first started, I was hoping that the Yankees were going to put him in the rotation. However, it was decided that he would start in the bullpen.
When Andy Pettitte and Ivan Nova landed on the DL, Phelps was made a starter. Phelps’ performance on Tuesday night against the Cleveland Indians was terrific. He pitched six innings and only gave up one hit. He also struck out seven. This is the David Phelps that Yankees fans expect to see. The way he pitched on Tuesday night is proof that he can be a very good starter. He looked very confident on the mound, and he got batters out easily.
I have been saying for months that Phelps should be a starter. He is capable of pitching games similar to the game he pitched on Tuesday night. He should be in the rotation for a while because Ivan Nova was recently sent to Triple-A. When you think about it, the Yankees do not really have that many pitchers in the minors who are ready to be called up to the big leagues.
David Phelps pitched very well on Tuesday night. I have a feeling that he will only get better.