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Tuesday reading: Phil Hughes, Philip Humber, the Mets' starting rotation and Ian Kennedy

At the Yankees game, I wrote about Phil Hughes and the mystery of his "dead arm." We'll see if we learn anything new today.

As for the game itself...Philip Humber?! The last time I saw him pitch in person was September 26, 2007, his first major-league start. That didn't go very well, although it is somewhat humorous (maybe not for Mets fans) to note that the Mets took an early, 5-0 lead in that game. The way history has been revised, you'd think the Mets never scored a run that month because Carlos Beltran, Jose Reyes and David Wright were too busy gagging.

Any way, good for Humber, who has been through quite a lot since the Mets selected him third overall in the 2003 amateur draft.

--Pedro Feliciano is hopeful that rest and rehabilitation, rather than surgery, will work on his ailing left shoulder.

--The Mets' starting rotation looks better now than it did a couple of weeks ago, David Lennon writes. You can't set your watch to any of these five guys, so we'll just see how it plays out with them in the weeks ahead. But as Lennon points out, all possess clear upsides.

--Former Yankee Ian Kennedy shut out the Phillies last night, the day after his first child (a girl) was born. I'm now hearing some chatter in the yakosphere (trademark Neil Best) that Kennedy might wind up being the best of the trio of him, Phil Hughes and Joba Chamberlain.

Maybe, yeah. Kennedy probably has the worst pure stuff of the three, but the best command of what he has. 

We won't know whether Kennedy's stuff and skills could have succeeded regularly in the American League East. What we do know is that the Yankees didn't simply give Kennedy away. They got Curtis Granderson for him (and Austin Jackson), and right now, that trade is looking pretty decent.


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