I have been very critical of New York Yankees’ starter Phil Hughes this season. I have thought that he is not capable of winning games. He has not pitched as well as he did in 2010, when he won 18 games. I have even opined that the Yankees should consider trading Hughes because of the emergence of their young starters. However, considering how Hughes pitched tonight against the New York Mets, he gave me a reason to believe that he still belongs on the Yankees.
Tonight, Hughes received a no-decision. He pitched seven solid innings, only allowing four hits and he struck out six. This was one of those frustrating games for a starter. Hughes did his part, but the Yankees’ bats could only give him one run. It is disappointing because Hughes would have gotten his first victory in over three weeks. Even though it would have only been his third victory this season, wins are always good.
On the bright side, this could be a sign that Hughes is finally on the right track. I have been waiting for months for Hughes to regain his form, and tonight was an encouraging sign. If Hughes does what he is supposed to do, all the Yankees’ bats will have to do is give him run support. If Hughes does not want to be traded, he will have to keep pitching the way that he pitched tonight.
I do not think that Hughes’ spot in the rotation is in jeopardy. Nevertheless, Hughes needs to continue to pitch the way that he pitched tonight. I hope that tonight’s performance was not a fluke. If Hughes stays healthy, he is capable of pitching games similar to how he pitched tonight.
In the end, I hope that Phil Hughes’ performance tonight was a sign that he is finally on the right track.