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Thursday, June 4, 2009
Wang over Hughes?


Tyler Kepner on the mini-shakeup in the Yankee rotation: Last season, Darrell Rasner started 20 games and Sidney Ponson started 15 games. Other starters included Ian Kennedy, Alfredo Aceves, and Dan Giese. In all, 13 different Yankees started.

This season, almost exactly a third of the way through, only six Yankees have started. I suspect that Cashman would love to keep it that way. Particularly if all six are pitching well.

As for elevating Wang above Hughes, it's hard to argue with the move. Wang's career stats entering this season included 54 wins, 20 losses, and a 3.79 ERA. If you think he's back to his old self, you have to give him as many innings as convention allows. Especially if he's been working hard and you've promised him a return to his old role (which I think is what Cashman's getting at when he mentions "disillusionment and those kinds of things").

Philip Hughes turns 23 in a few weeks. He'll get his shot.