Now It’s Tough

Maybe it’s because the game was in Texas, but Phil Hughes looked awesome today.  Personally, I was most impressed with his curve ball, but the whole thing looked great.  Yes, he has been uneven. But he struck out nine guys his last start and dominated the Rangers and their potent offense today. 

So the question is, how do you remove this guy from the rotation?  I don’t think you do, at least not yet.  Wang didn’t look great the other night and he was supposed to get one more minor league start.  I would keep him in the pen and see if he improves.  Give Hughes another start and see what happens.  If he keeps pitching like this, you have an interesting decision to make. 

My only gripe today was using Aceves in the ninth.  Bruney is probably gone for awhile and you need to develop someone for the 8th, why not try Aceves?  More to the point, why waste him in a game that is a blowout?  I don’t get it at all.