Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Murphy's Law

Murphy's law is an adage in Western culture that broadly states that if anything can go wrong, it will. "If there's more than one possible outcome of a job or task, and one of those outcomes will result in disaster or an undesirable consequence, then somebody will do it that way."

0-7 with a 7.99 ERA is pretty much a worst-case scenario.

3-12 in games started by Hughes and Ikky is absolutely the most undesirable consequence.

Both pitchers on the DL is pretty much Murphy's Law in action.

The best part of all of this is that we may not even miss them for now. A starting 5 of Wang, Pettitte, Moose, Rasner and Joba looks better than a rotation that includes Kennedy or Hughes right now.

As we have warned since November, 2007 has been set up as a growth year for the 2 of them; a learning experience with an eye toward the bigger picture. Once Hughes' rib and Kennedy's lat is healed they can now go to the minors under the guise of 'rehab starts' and work on the things they need to get straight.

Keep in mind - these are steps in the process. Learning to pitch in the bigs is a process. refining their superior talent is a process. At 21 Hughes is still ticketed for Ace-dom, and at 23, Kennedy will still be very good. What we're seeing now is just Murphy's Law in action.

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