Even though Hughes gave Girardi no other choice, but to demote him, I want to be clear that he is not the only starter who has failed to live up to expectations this season.
The Yankees ace formally known, as CC Sabathia, has also been awful this season.
Career-wise, Sabathia is in a different stratosphere compared to Hughes but you wouldn’t know it looking at both pitchers August stats.
(All stats courtesy of baseball-reference.com)2013 August Pitching Stats
The difference is that Hughes has four wins on the season, and has gone less than five innings in 10 of his starts. And that number does not include this past weeks rain delay vs. the White Sox where Mother Nature limited Hughes outing to 1.1 innings of work.
Sabathia is 12-11 this season, with an ERA of 4.91 and opposing batters are averaging a .271 against him.
There is no explanation for Sabathia’s regression, as the 2007 CY Young Winner and six-time All-Star has been one of the games best pitchers for 13 years.
Hughes, however, had one decent season back in 2010 where he went 18-8 but was also the recipient of the most run support of any starter that year too.
Honestly, looking at the 29-year old southpaw’s career numbers will not exactly give you a very comfortable feeling.
As Huff’s stats are pretty scary.
(All stats courtesy of baseball-reference.com)David Huff - Career pitching stats
Girardi made the official announcement that Huff will start instead of Hughes this Saturday vs. the AL East leading, and Yankees rival Red Sox.
What else was the Yankee skipper to do, hand the ball to a pitcher with a 10.38 ERA vs. Boston?
Obviously not, and with David Phelps on the DL, Huff is the logical option.
Whether Huff can be the winning one this Saturday is another story.
As losing is not really an option the Yankees have right now so the heat is on Huff.
As for Hughes, he was a bullpen asset once and could easily redeem himself dominating in that role again.