Any momentum the New York Yankees have towards making the postseason is quickly diminished by Phil Hughes. It’s been a few weeks since I started harping on the Yankees to take Hughes out of the rotation, and now it’s seriously time to make a move – he’s just not getting the job done.
Facing a team that the Yankees just swept in four games last week and were 12-1 against on the season coming in, Hughes walked into the Rogers Centre and did the Toronto Blue Jays a big favor – he pitched like he has all season. He cost the Yankees another game in the Wild Card standings, giving up five runs (three earned) on seven hits, and issuing three walks in only 4.2 innings Monday night.
Before the last week, Hughes didn’t have to worry about anyone take his spot in the rotation, because the Yankees had no other options.
While he may not say it out loud, Hughes has been thankful that the Yankees has been so badly cursed with injuries this season. Fans have been asking for a change to happen, but the reality is that there isn’t anything to change him out with – until now.
Over the past week, Yankees fans have been exposed to a left-handed long-relief man named David Huff. Claimed off waivers earlier in the season, Huff made one appearance for the Bombers before spending a good period of time down at Triple-A Scranton.
Called back up just a couple weeks ago, Huff has appeared in three games for the Yankees, giving up just one lone hit, and zero runs in 8.2 innings. I don’t remember the last time Hughes tossed 8.2 scoreless innings.
So, what I’m suggesting is that the Yankees move Huff to the rotation in place of Hughes. When asked after Monday’s 5-2 loss, Yankees manager Joe Girardi said it was an option. “He’s pitched really well. Obviously you’re thinking all the time.”
At a time like this, the Yankees shouldn’t be thinking about making these tough decisions, and instead, they should be enforcing these moves. What’s the worst that could happen by starting Huff? He delivers a dud start – sort of like Hughes does.
On the other hand, he could take the mound and give the Yankees five or six solid innings, giving up a couple of hits and maybe a run or two. You’re not losing anything by starting Huff, and if anything, you are giving the team a better chance to win. Hughes is hurting the team, and Huff is helping loudly out of the bullpen, so why not reverse their roles starting now?
Gavin Ewbank is a Yankees writer for Rant Sports. Follow @GavinEwbank2013 on Twitter for more Bombers talk.