SG of RLYW today shows us what we might be able to expect of Phil Hughes, starting pitcher, in 2010.
While most Yankee fans would probably saw their left foot off for a 2.61 ERA over 137 innings of starting pitching from Hughes, he obviously isn't going to be quite that good. Still, the potential remains for Hughes to be a top-tier starting pitcher, and as much of a revelation as he's been out of the bullpen, he can build on that dominance next year and be even more valuable to the team in an extended role.
From everything I've read, it sounds like the Yankees are thankfully still on board with sending Hughes back to the rotation next year, although that decision likely will be impacted depending on how deep the Yankees go into the playoffs. If they win the World Series with Hughes playing a critical role in relief, the cries from B-Hughesers will grow ever louder this offseason.
However, I have faith that the organization understands that good starting pitching beats good relief pitching all day every day, and fully expect to see #65 toeing that rubber for 6-7 innings every five days next year.