• April 2008 Survey Question #2

    Posted by on April 30th, 2008 · Comments (9)

    Please consider taking the following poll:

    {democracy:3}

    Thanks in advance. And, please feel free to add comments on your opinion in the comments section below.

    Comments on April 2008 Survey Question #2

    1. EdB
      April 30th, 2008 | 11:11 am

      I don’t think so. The biggest problem with Hughes is that he never learned to pitch out of trouble. Dominating minor league hitters won’t help that. He’ll just crack when he gets challenged again in the majors. I say give him 2-3 more starts and if he still looks lost then…maybe you make a move.

    2. K.V.C
      April 30th, 2008 | 11:31 am

      NO. If healthy both Hughes and Kennedy should make every start. This is what we signed up for, the kids need to learn the major leagues. Whenever Joba goes back to starting, we will have to go throught this again. This is what usually happens to young pitching in MLB.

    3. April 30th, 2008 | 11:56 am

      KVC – what about the cost of allowing them to learn? Do you kill the pen and the season all in the hope that Hughes and Kennedy learn at this level?

    4. baileywalk
      April 30th, 2008 | 12:21 pm

      KVC is right. The Yankees signed up for this — they said they were going to take their lumps while they broke in young starting pitching. You can’t sign up for it and then abandon it after a month.

    5. April 30th, 2008 | 12:44 pm

      Same question baileywalk: Are you willing to burn out your bullpen and punt the season just for the sake of allowing Hughes to learn how to pitch in the majors? Is one person more valuable than the team?

    6. hopbitters
      April 30th, 2008 | 1:11 pm

      I think if it weren’t for the injuries, the roster could probably be rearranged to accomodate them. Let’s not forget there have been some odd circumstances in the rookie starts, between the musical catchers, rain delays, perpetual road trip, and lack of offense. If they settle down just a little, the rest of the team starts to look like a team, and a legitimate long man (or two?) emerges, I think they’ll both be able to develop at this level without “ruining” the team. It’s not like they were going to sweep the postseason before these guys came along.

    7. Joel
      April 30th, 2008 | 2:07 pm

      Forty percent of the starting rotation trying to figure out how (or if) they can pith in the big leagues. This is what it has come to for the $200 Million Yankees.

    8. baileywalk
      April 30th, 2008 | 2:41 pm

      Same question baileywalk: Are you willing to burn out your bullpen and punt the season just for the sake of allowing Hughes to learn how to pitch in the majors? Is one person more valuable than the team?
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      It’s not a guarantee you’re punting away the season by keeping them in the rotation. And it’s about THEM — not just about Hughes. Kennedy is in this as well, so framing it as Hughes v. the team is disingenuous.

      But my answer would be yes. Not to giving away the season, but giving them more time. If you commit to them to start the year, refusing to trade them and basically guaranteeing both of them jobs on the big-league club, then I say you give it more than a month. If we’re three starts from now and Kennedy and Hughes haven’t gone more than 4 innings a start, then send them back to AAA. I don’t see Igawa or Rasner as being that much better, but get it done. I just don’t think it’s time to pull the trigger yet.

    9. K.V.C
      April 30th, 2008 | 7:37 pm

      It is still April. Hughes has pitched to 4 catchers in 6 starts, and in bad/cold weather.

      The long men in the bullpen can be shuffled around to get through the early season. It isn’t just one guy it is Hughes and Kennedy, and eventually Joba.

      And what is so hot about Rasner and Igawa? (Or do you see someone else starting?)

      My major diappointment with the team has been the handling of the injuries, put them on the DL before they get hurt worse(Posada/Arod) and the lack of offense.

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