Game 55: The Return of Hughes

Phil Hughes is in the midst of his best season as a starting pitcher, and no other season comes particularly close. Many suspected that Hughes would take a leap this season – if only artificially – as he transitioned from the unforgiving duo of Yankee Stadium and AL East to the spacious Target Field in the AL Central. It is a small sample size, to be sure, but the fact that Hughes has essentially slashed his home run and walk rates by two-thirds against last season seems to indicate that he’s enjoyed the change (though, his ERA is over a run better away from Minnesota). Let’s see how he holds up on a warm day in the Bronx.

Minnesota Twins New York Yankees
Brian Dozier, 2B Brett Gardner, LF
Joe Mauer, 1B Derek Jeter, SS
Trevor Plouffe, 3B Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
Oswaldo Arcia, RF Brian McCann, C
Josh Willingham, DH Yangervis Solarte, 3B
Jason Kubel, LF Ichiro Suzuki, RF
Kurt Suzuki, C Brian Roberts, 2B
Eduardo Escobar, SS Kelly Johnson, 1B
Aaron Hicks, CF Zoilo Almonte, DH
Phil Hughes, SP Chase Whitley, SP

Domenic is a staff writer for It's About the Money, and the host of the It's About the Money Stupid podcast. By day, he is a mild-mannered real estate attorney on Long Island, and an aspiring intellectual degenerate.