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The upside for Nova greatly outweighs Hughes in this matchup.
Hughes has been failing as a starter for many seasons now while Nova still has time to fix whatever problems he is having now.
That means Nova still has the capability of being a solid starter on this team and baseball fans know just how important a solid starter is in the MLB.
Hughes, on the other hand, has seen his best days in the bullpen.
There's no doubt that starting pitching is more important than bullpen arms. That being said, Nova's role on this team is far more important than Hughes', as long as the 26 year-old continues his inconsistent ways and amounts to nothing more than a bullpen pitcher.
Unfortunately for Hughes, there is no more time to find out if he can fix things. The Yanks will only have so much patience for him until they either let him go or relegate him to the 'pen.
Since Nova's days in the rotation aren't numbered, Nova righting the ship and returning to his success from 2011 is far more important to the Yankees success than Hughes, who the Yankees have been winning with despite his lack of consistent contributions, year in and year out.