The Houston Astros were in dire straits when Scott Feldman went to the disabled list. Their offense was fizzling and even their pitching was starting to fade as well. But the man who stepped in for Feldman, Collin McHugh, has almost single handedly revitalized the hapless Astros.
McHugh had been a great minor league pitcher his entire career, but the Majors had always been his greatest obstacle. Going 0-8 with an ERA over 8.00 before being signed by the Astros, it was not very likely that he’d crack the starting rotation. But he was given that opportunity and has become the most destructive force on the Astros’ roster.
In his two starts since joining the rotation, McHugh has gone 15.1 innings surrendering only one run, striking out 19 and only walking three. Not to mention he only surrendered one run because he ran out of gas.
McHugh has become this year’s version of Brett Oberholtzer and Jarred Cosart from last year. While many called the first start a fluke, having it happen twice, to a team like to Oakland Athletics no less, may be reason enough to start getting excited about this guy.
It may just be that there isn’t much of a scouting report on him. But for Astros fans excitement is hard to come by at the current juncture, so McHugh should be able to provide plenty of excitement.
With Feldman on his way back to the rotation and Cosart and Oberholtzer behind him, Dallas Keuchel and McHugh topping off the back of the rotation is a pretty solid collection of starters. All they need to do is continue to develop some consistency.