The Yankees decided on Thursday that their fifth starter this season will be Phil Hughes. Even though he is not considered a superstar pitcher, the Yankees will still be favored a lot in online gambling when Hughes is on the mound.
Online betting odds are heavily inclined towards the Yankees and even when their fifth starter is on the mound that will be the case. Hughes beat out Joba Chamberlain for the fifth starting spot. "It was what I set out in the spring to do," Hughes said, "I grew up a starter in high school, minor leagues, even my first couple partial seasons in the big leagues. It was something that I really wanted and I feel like I'm ready for the challenge and ready for the season that lies ahead."
The Yankees are sending Chamberlain to the bullpen and he will be given a shot to get back the setup role he had for Mariano Rivera. The Yankees have really messed up Chamberlain so it will be interesting to see if he can get back to being a dominant setup man. Chamberlain wanted to start but there is no question he is better suited to setup Rivera. "You go with the flow. That's what I've done." Chamberlain said. The Yankees are a stronger team in online betting with Chamberlain in the bullpen setting up Rivera who is the best closer the game has ever seen.
Hughes made seven starts last online gambling baseball season at the beginning of the year but was moved to the bullpen later in the season. Chamberlain was in the rotation for the regular season but moved to the bullpen in the postseason. The Yankees were looking at Hughes, Chamberlain, Sergio Mitre, Alfredo Aceves and Chad Gaudin for the fifth spot. "I felt like everyone had been given an equal opportunity," Hughes said. The Yankees cut Gaudin so he will be looking for another team. He was 2-0 with a 3.43 ERA in six starts and five relief appearances for the Yankees last season so he should be picked up by another team soon.
New York is still the favorite in online betting to win the World Series this season. The defending champs have a very good starting rotation and a powerful lineup.