5 innings, 12 hits, 10 runs, 9 earned, 7 walks, 5 strikeouts, 152 pitches, 82 strikes.
The last two starts were not good ones for blog favorite Phil Hughes. To say he needs to give the Yankees at least six good innings tonight is an understatement.
Joe Girardi sounded borderline threatening last night when discussing the Franchise, saying the Yankees had to get some good outings of their youngsters or they would find somebody who would. Who that is, I’m not exactly sure. But you get the idea.
To his credit, Hughes is not in a panic. He’s been successful before and he knows he can be successful again. It’s pretty obvious he needs to establish his fastball early in counts and stop nibbling with his breaking stuff. He’s at his best when he challenges hitters.
If the Yankees ever get Hughes and Ian Kennedy on the same page as Chien-Ming Wang and Andy Pettitte, they can be a very good team. But you can’t forget that Hughes is one of the youngest players in the majors. You can’t expect gold every time.
But he clearly has to get back to the form he showed against Toronto on April 3 and that has to start tonight.