2012 ALDS: 4 Reasons Why Yankees Starting Phil Hughes in Game 4 Is a Big Mistake

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2012 ALDS: 4 Reasons Why Yankees Starting Phil Hughes in Game 4 Is a Big Mistake
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In Game 4 of the ALDS between the Yankees and Orioles, New York will send out Phil Hughes to start against southpaw Joe Saunders.

Hughes, of course, was a very highly touted prospect for the Yankees prior to his major league debut. However, since being in the major leagues, he has been repeatedly shifted back and forth between the starting rotation and the bullpen, which has not helped his growth as a pitcher.

Hughes was exclusively a starting pitcher through this year, however, and will make the fourth postseason start of his career against the Orioles. Nonetheless, starting him over CC Sabathia in Game 4 is a big mistake and surely one that the Yankees will regret.

Here are four reasons why the Yankees starting Phil Hughes in Game 4 of the ALDS will be a big mistake.

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