What To Do With Hughes?

Born in Southwestern Ohio and currently residing on the Chesapeake Bay, Brien is a former editor-in-chief of IIATMS who now spends most of his time sitting on his deck watching his tomatoes ripen and consuming far more MLB Network programming than is safe for one's health or sanity.

About Brien Jackson

Born in Southwestern Ohio and currently residing on the Chesapeake Bay, Brien is a former editor-in-chief of IIATMS who now spends most of his time sitting on his deck watching his tomatoes ripen and consuming far more MLB Network programming than is safe for one's health or sanity.

12 thoughts on “What To Do With Hughes?

  1. ya know, its almost like all those guys writing blogs about "Who has options left" knew something they weren't sharing. Seems like Phil has at least one option left. IF there is nothing mechanical – send him down; since he does have an option, we don't have to manufacture an ailment like the team did with Wang his last season – just send him down til he remembers how to pitch. Heck – bring up Bano, or someone else – I bet even Igawa can give up 5 runs in two innings

    Colon sure did look good. I don't see him lasting much longer than 4 innings, but at least we'd be closer when he left.

  2. Hughes was so bad. I truly wished Colon had stared the game. He pitched well. I truly think something is wrong with Hughes…no way you go from 94 to 87…has to be something wrong.

  3. this isn’t the first time Hughes’ velocity has been down in april, though… the only other time Hughes had a start as early as April 3rd was in 2008, when his average velocity was 90.10, according to pitchFX, compared to 89.25 this year (not a huge difference considering his usual fastball velocity of about 93 mph, significantly higher than both). His next start of 2008, on April 8th, also lines up with the velocity he showed today; 89.96 mph then and 89.84 today. Now we obviously don’t know where his velocity will be over the next few weeks, but in 2008 it steadily increased over his next few starts, with a fastball averaging 91.95 mph in his third start on April 13th, and 91.97 mph on April 18th. I can’t remember what exactly was causing problems for him then, but all throughout April of 2008 he got rocked before injuring himself (unrelated) and finally sorting it out when he came back in september. With the type of talent he’s shown over the past few years, it’s very unlikely that anything like this will permanently effect him. People keep on forgetting that he’s 24, and even though he acts like he’s much older, he can’t be expected, just yet, to become an Andy Pettitte type when his fastball isn’t there.

  4. im more concerned about his complete inability to develop secondary pitches. the past two years its all been about the changeup, and so far he's barely used it at all. the cutter last year was a scapegoat to his inability or unwillingness to throw the changeup. his curveball has been incosistent and he doesnt seem too confident in it either. its frustrating as a fan because he says all the right things, but on the mound he doesnt seem to really trust his stuff. its got to be even more frustrating for the coaches.

  5. Other pitchers who showed significantly decreased velocity last April, and had tremendous years: Max Scherzer, Cole Hamels, David Price, and…..Phil Hughes. It's April. If he's still doing this in May, sound the alarms. For now, this is premature.

  6. Also, Brien–

    Hughes' velocity hasn't been the reason his fastball has been so good. It's the movement he's put on the pitch. I wrote a pretty lengthy piece on it a while back but can't seem to find it.

    While there's correlation, there's not necessarily causality (if those are the words my hung over brain is looking for, anyhow) between velocity and swinging strikes.