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When the Yankees won the 2009 World Series, they did it with a three-man rotation.
This year, it doesn't appear as if they will be using that same technique. Which means the Yankees will need to decide on who their fourth starter is going to be.
The three definite starters are going to be C.C. Sabathia, Andy Pettitte and Hiroki Kuroda. The Yankees have some options on who the fourth starter will be, but the most obvious choice is Phil Hughes.
Hughes was 16-13, with a 4.23 ERA this season. His last start of the season left an ugly taste in our mouths. Hughes gave up five runs and eight hits, without getting out of the fifth inning, against a bad Blue Jays team.
Hughes' ineffectiveness in a big game that the Yankees needed, left us wondering if he is going to struggle in the playoffs.
Although Nova has had a disappointing season, his success in last year's playoff shows that he has the make-up of a big-game pitcher.
Another potential fourth starter is David Phelps. Phelps has had a nice season both starting and out of the bullpen. He also pitched a strong game against the Red Sox in the second to last game of the season.
If the ALDS goes to a Game Four, Hughes is probably going to pitch. If he struggles, will he lose his spot in the rotation for the rest of the playoffs?