• Better Than Racing A Pregnant Woman

    Posted by on March 30th, 2010 · Comments (4)

    …and coming in third.

    An interesting comment on Phil Hughes…via Jon Heyman

    Asked how Phil Hughes did this spring, one Yankees person said, “Not bad for the guy who came in third” in the competition for the No. 5 starter. Some Yankees people believe Alfredo Aceves and Sergio Mitre actually outpitched both Hughes and Joba Chamberlain. But Hughes was the correct choice for the rotation. Long-term, he’ll be the best of the group. Joba will be the set-man, although the Yankees aren’t admitting that yet.

    Outpitched by Sergio Mitre? Now, is that an oxymoron or what?

    Comments on Better Than Racing A Pregnant Woman

    1. MJ Recanati
      March 30th, 2010 | 4:36 pm

      Not sure what to make of this column, or Heyman’s, if anything. We all knew the 5th spot was going to either Chamberlain or Hughes. That Aceves and Mitre were interjected into the conversation by writers, bloggers and other media-members didn’t mean that they were actually competing for the spot.

      One can disagree with the decision to give the job to Hughes even if he “came in third” but the fact of the matter is that Aceves/Mitre were always pegged for bullpen roles. That’s truly where they belong. If the Yanks need them to make a spot start, they’ll be available to do so.

    2. mondoas
      March 30th, 2010 | 7:49 pm

      This was no competition. It was called that because it “sounded nice” and people probably needed to hear that to make them feel better. People who were really watching this knew the deal BUT I honestly thought Joba would win b/c they had stretched him out and because Eiland said he wanted 200 innings from his starters.

    3. 77yankees
      March 30th, 2010 | 10:53 pm

      I cringe at the thought of Mitre landing in the rotation at any time this season.

    4. MJ Recanati
      March 30th, 2010 | 11:32 pm

      @ 77yankees:
      Me too. Hopefully it doesn’t come to pass.

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