Phil Hughes looked pretty good tonight. In the words of Larry David, he looked prittay, prittay, good. OK, yes, I’m kidding – Hughes was awesome with a capital “A” this evening. He had some extra zip on the fastball (at least 2-3 more MPH than what he’s routinely shown in his other starts), fantastic control, and a borderline Blylevenesque curveball. Hughes’ bender was indeed as straight up as twelve to six in this game. You could not ask anything more from a pitcher than what Hughes offered today.
And, Joba Chamberlain was, in the words of Blaine Edwards and Antoine Marryweather, two snaps up with a twist as well tonight. Seriously, if Joba is going to pitch like this, in a Goose Gossage way, out of the pen, you have to start to wonder if it makes more sense to leave him there going forward – and groom him to be the next closer after Mo Rivera.
It’s an old question, but, it’s still an open one. Is it better to have a stud eat up 200 IP and help a team win 15-20 games. Or, is it better to have him throw 80 IP and have a hand in 40-50 wins? What do you think?