“If everyone pitches great, we might run them all out again”
That’s what Yankee manager Joe Girardi said in his pregame interview when asked if the 5th starter competition would get wrapped up next week. As Chris reported yesterday they intend to wrap things up soon, but things could get extended with some big performances among the participants.
But it begs a question, one that I thought would be fun to kick around. I think we know that all things being equal, this is a 2 horse race between Joba and Hughes. Let’s assume that both of them pitch lights out in their next outing, and then again in the next run-off outing. So what were effectively doing is taking performance out of the equation, and going with who you believe is the best choice for #5 starter. I’m going to hold off on weighing in, because I don’t want to steer the debate in any particular direction. I’ll do a follow-up piece tomorrow with my choice and the reasons behind it.
So tell me, if both Joba and Hughes are pitching great, who’s your #5 starter?
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