Tuesday, March 16, 2010
One thing that has annoyed me about the Yankees's fifth starter race is that it has always seemed, despite assurances otherwise, to be a two-man race. Joba or Hughes? That is the question. But recently all the coverage in the press has revolved around the fact that Ace, based on his performances thus far, is the only clear front-runner if it is truly a five-man race. I would love to see either Hughes or Joba or both develop as full-fledged starters, but if they're not the best men for the job then those who prove themselves should earn the spot. I wonder whether the media's willingness to point out the obvious, that Ace is the only one who has shown the ability to pitch consistently well as a starter, might pressure the Yankees into not simply following some organizational player development plan as opposed to fielding the best rotation possible. They could comfortably do the former because of the strength of their 1-4 starters, but they may have a lot of explaining to do if Hughes, let's say, continues to pitch as he has, Ace continues to pitch as he has, but Hughes gets the nod come the regular season. It will be interesting to see whether the media coverage has any effect on how that decision ultimately plays out.