New York Yankees' Phil Hughes: Hopefully He's on the Right Track

By Andrew Binninger

Phil Yanks
Anthony Gruppuso-US Presswire

One of the things I have been saying all season is that New York Yankees‘ starting pitcher Phil Hughes needs to pick things up. After a rocky start to the season, in which he lost his first two games, Hughes is starting to look better. He got a no-decision in three straight starts, but his third no-decision was a sign, nine strikeouts in six innings.

He finally got his first win of the season against the Oakland Athletics on Saturday. Hughes pitched a gem: eight innings, four hits and nine strikeouts. These are the types of games that Yankee fans expect to see from Hughes. He is also capable of pitching these types of games frequently.

I had a feeling that Hughes was due. After three straight no-decisions, you would think that he was going to win at some point. Saturday was a good time for Hughes to show that he can win and that his first few outings were just a rough start to the season.

One of the Yankees’ weaknesses this season is starting pitching. If the team wants to win games, the starting pitching needs to be a success. Hughes won 18 games in 2010. There is no reason to think that he can’t win 18 games again. He has the tools to be an 18-game winner; he just needs to make sure that he starts his games off well and does not give up many runs.

Phil Hughes pitched like the guy who won 18 games in 2010 in his last start. I think that he can pitch that good in almost every start; he just needs to stay healthy. The Phil Hughes that pitched on Saturday is the Phil Hughes that Yankees fans expect to see.

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