Bud Smith once through a no-hitter... actually completed a no-hitter... last time I checked throwing a no-hitter... or having one when you leave the game does not guarantee success. That said, Phil Hughes should be very good. It's important to remember he is a rookie, and pitching in the AL-East, so I'd recommend at least slightly tempering expectations. He should get run support and win ball games, he should post a good ERA... I'd hold off on expecting great... and the K totals should be good. Keep in mind that Justin Verlander is the exception as a rookie pitcher, not the rule. Also, Wang is very good... but to call him dominant is pretty laughable. He was second in Cy Young voting because of victories. He posted a very good ERA, but keep in mind that he's a sinker ball pitcher who doesn't strike hitters out. What that means is that Wang will always be reliant on his defense to make plays behind him and keep his ERA down. The difference between a very good pitcher and a dominant pitcher is that a very good pitcher will post good games most of the time, while still relying on their team for run support and fielding. A dominant pitcher has the ability to go out there and leave less to chance by striking out a high number of hitters while being able to go deep into games (Santana, Peavy, Hamels, even Halladay, though he isn't a huge strikeout guy, he is capable of ringing hitters up when he has to). As far as all the speculation about where Hughes will be... I'd imagine likely on the big squad. That said, it's important to remember he's out for a while, and if someone shows they are a capable fifth, namely Igawa, it should come as no surprise if they opt to let Hughes season a little more in AAA and then pull him back up closer to the end of the season for the stretch run.