Saturday, April 19, 2008
I'm Thrilled We Kept Hughes
But Hughes is 0-3, losing three games in a row for the first time in his pro career. Do I believe he'll get better? Well, I don't know (I hope so), but I'm still glad we kept him. Why? Because Kennedy and Joba and Melky are all performing good to great. When you've got three young pitchers with huge promise, keep them ALL because you have no way of knowing which one will flourish. Long term, it's the smart thing to do. So don't get uptight about the struggles of Hughes. He could turn it around, anyway. But whenever Melky or Kennedy or Joba do great, just remember that's part of the price of keeping Hughes -- success from most of those guys is huge. Expecting it from all of them right away (or ever) is unrealistic.