Collin McHugh‘s MLB career prior to joining the Houston Astros this year is pretty well-documented. He had an 0-8 record with a near 9.00 ERA, enough for most teams to shy away from giving him any sort of chance. But the Astros are not like most teams. They saw McHugh’s overly-impressive minor-league resume and decided he deserved another shot.
McHugh’s 37-28 record with a 3.36 ERA in the minors is a mighty impressive line. So when Scott Feldman went down with an injury, it was McHugh who was given the shot. He pitched magnificently, going 6.2 innings, striking out 12 and walking none while scattering three hits. He tossed a near complete game his next time out, but it was his third start that raised question marks. McHugh went just four innings, surrendering five runs on eight hits. But it wasn’t a complete lambasting.
Not only that, he came back the following start and in 6.1 innings, surrendered only two runs. If McHugh can come into Houston and throw four quality starts out of five, with two of those starts being unbelievable outings, he will easily put to rest the skeptics that think he isn’t the real deal.
Consistency is the only thing that remains to be confirmed. It’s clear he’s got some powerful stuff, it’s just a matter of how often he can deliver it. He’ll be going up against a Chicago White Sox squad that’s anchored by the best hitter in the American League at present, Jose Abreu. If he can come out and toss another quality start, he may have found a place on the Astros for a long time to come.