Phil Hughes returned to the rotation last night and the results were pretty mixed. The first inning didn’t look good as a run scored before an out was recorded. Then, there was that Cervelli-like throw by Russell Martin that let in a second run. But, after that, Hughes settled a little bit.
Overall, he allowed just those two runs on six hits in five innings. He struck out just two batters, but walked only two. He also hit two Cleveland batters.
Hughes threw 87 pitches overall: 40 fastballs, 20 cutters, 21 curves, and 6 changeups. I’m glad he threw that many curveballs because that was something I was worried about. I would’ve traded more curves for more changeups, but I won’t complain too much.
There were, though, the same Hughes problems that presented themselves in the second half of last year and the first few starts of this year. His fastball velocity was fine at an average of 91.51, but there was little velocity range; he topped out at 92.9. Because of that, he only registered two swings and misses. One was a curveball that struck out Carlos Santana in the first inning and the other was on a changeup on which Grady Sizemore whiffed.
Considering where Hughes was before in term of fastball velocity (averaged 89.2 MPH before last night per Texas Leaguers), last night was definitely an improvement. Still, I’m very concerned about the lack of fastball velocity. Why? Because Phil Hughes gets little movement on his fastball and can forget his secondary stuff at times. While he does have the cutter to offset this, if he doesn’t locate it or guys are laying off of it, he becomes ineffective. If he could add just a few more miles per hour back to that fastball, I’d be less worried. Without movement and without consistent low-mid 90s velocity on the fastball, Hughes is not going to register many swings and misses with the pitch, and that can become problematic.
In terms of location, Hughes was a bit iffy. He got better as the game progressed but looking at the pitch type location chart, we can see that too often, fastballs and cutters were left over the plate:
There are positives, though. Like I said, the velocity was there and he was throwing his fastballs for strikes (even if some of them were “too good” if you catch my drift) but there are still issues. The control was there, but the command wasn’t and it seemed like Hughes’ location was a bit sketchy all night. Still, he only walked two and limited the damage, as they say. We’ve got to remember, this was Phil’s first major league start in months. To expect him to be super-sharp was unrealistic and the start is something to build on.
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