The start against Texas specifically — total domination over one of the best offenses in baseball — shows that Gaudin possesses the ability and potential to compete against the elite teams. Conversely the start against the very good Anaheim Angels shows that against other elite clubs and on certain nights, Gaudin has been rendered horribly and repulsively ineffective. Although, even on his poorest of nights he's not too much worse than Sergio Mitre has been since his ill-advised call-up. It must be noted that these stats, although showing some signs of encouragement they — with the exception of the Texas gem — were mostly accumulated in the highly inferior National League. It is questionable how well these other positive stat-lines will translate to the much more demanding AL East.
Even given his inconsistently though, its seems like Gaudin is the logical next choice for a shot at the fifth starter's role. The current placeholder, Mitre, is sporting an egregious 7.04 ERA and a 1.93 WHIP that can't make a self-proclaimed, reborn sabermetric thinker/theorist like Brian Cashman happy at all.
The Yankees currently have a comfortable lead over the Red Sox but that can change rather quickly with one rotator cuff injury to any of their super-starters currently populating the rotation. Because of their lack of depth of starting pitching, and Mitre's constant inability to get people out, it is clearly time for
Joe Girardi to give Gaudin a chance at starting ball games. Obviously the teams he starts against should be chosen with discretion, but unfortunately for a team as red hot as the Yankees, Gaudin may be their only viable option, especially if they intend to regulate Joba Chamberlain's innings. But in some rare cases — especially in ones in which the subject has a K/9 ratio like Gaudin's — the only viable option turns out to be surprisingly the best one.