LADY AT THE BAT: The Trouble With Phil Hughes

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

The Trouble With Phil Hughes

So, what's wrong with Phil Hughes? Hughes was terrible last night, allowing six earned runs in five plus innings of work. It was his first start in 11 days. The last time he had such a long layoff was when he was skipped over in the rotation. He had to wait 10 days, then gave up 6 earned runs in that start as well.

During his postgame comments last night Joe Girardi said, "It's difficult for any pitcher when you have a long layoff. It's not just him." [LoHud Yankees Blog]  I agree. Too much rest between starts makes for a bad outing when one finally takes the baseball again. The bad outings usually don't continue. Fans who want to believe that Hughes hasn't been the same since he was skipped over have short memories. They are forgetting about the good outing he had in Seattle just before the All Star Break.

It is not the long layoff between starts that is killing Hughes. It is the number of MLB innings he has pitched. Before this year, Hughes' career-high innings total was 86, which he reached last year. Now he is over 100 innings for the year. He has hit a wall.

What to do about this? I don't know. I'll leave that up to the experts. But, to keep saying he hasn't been the same since he was skipped is wrong. Totally wrong.


lenNY's Yankees said...

I'm beginning to believe.

Double G Sports said...

I disagree. I don't think it's the innings. It is the time between starts. Some pitchers really need to stay on a schedule and having to much time off can cause you to lose a little bit of your control. That is exactly what happened to Hughes in those two starts, he lacked command.