Phil Hughes has really turned his season around since that disastrous April. We’ve covered that fairly extensively here at IIATMS over the past few weeks or so, so I don’t think we need to rehash that today. Instead, I’m interested in posing the following question: what should Hughes’ postseason role with the Yankees be?
I said yesterday that I’d prefer to see Hughes serve a bullpen role once the tournament gets here. That’s not meant as a knock on his performance or my faith in his ability to turn in a good postseason start, it’s merely a distribution of resources issue. I’d say it’s not in doubt that C.C. Sabathia, Hiroki Kuroda, and Andy Pettitte will be the Yankees’ top three starters in the playoffs, and given the fact that there are no reliable non-specialist middle relievers in the bullpen after Rafael Soriano, David Robertson, and Joba Chamberlain, I think giving Joe Girardi an additional relief weapon would provide more value than a fourth postseason starter, all else being equal.
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