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Under the Gun: Phil Hughes
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
In addition to my usual Yankees Chick posts, I have also begun writing a bit for AOL's FanHouse blog. I will post the beginnings of those articles here on YC, and then you'll have to click the link to jump on over to FH to read the rest... stick with me here, amigos!

"Under The Gun" takes a look at one player from each team who will bear all the pressure for the upcoming '08 season.

For the first time in many, MANY years -- really, folks, I'm talking about a LOT of years here -- the Yankees have changed their philosophy from "out with the new, in with the old" to a much more effective "send these old folks out to pasture and bring the young 'uns in from the barn". Besides having a great ring to it, that ideology makes the team a lot of fun to watch.

The downside to it is the pressure that falls on those aforementioned youngsters.

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posted by Yankees Chick @ Wednesday, February 13, 2008  
  • At 8:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    good for you YC you will be missed

  • At 6:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I think Hughes is gonna be dynamite!! Along with the other rookie starters.

    Regarding the 6-man rotation idea, here's a possible Modified 6-man rotation-
    The 3 veterans follow a 5-man rotation, while the 3 "rookies" cycle through the remaining 2 spots of the 5, like this:

    (P=Pettitte, W=Wang, M=Mussina, H=Hughes, K=Kennedy, C=Chamberlain)
    P, W, M, H, K
    P, W, M, C, H
    P, W, M, K, C
    P, W, M, H, K
    P, W, M, C, H
    P, W, M, K, C

    In this way, the 3 rookies each pitch 2 of every 3 times through the rotation- they have breaks between outings of 6 and 9. Thus, each rookie gets 22 starts (each rookie has 2 turns for each cycle of 15 starts; there are 11 cycles), and 143 innings (at 6.5 innings per start).

    This rotation also gives you some flexibility with the other 3 starters. They could loop through the extended cycle once or twice during the year if they needed a little extra rest.

    What do you think?

    Should Joe Girardi, Brian Cashman, Dave Eiland take a look?


  • At 3:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I think Phil Hughes is going to come through with flying colors. He really showed his poise in that crucial start in last year's playoffs. He looks like the real deal to me.

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