Phil Hughes SP MIN 5 days ago

Hughes (6-6) dominated the White Sox on Wednesday, giving up just one run on six hits over eight innings. He struck out five and didn't walk anyone.

Amazingly, that modest strikeout total is Hughes' best since April 24 -- exactly two months ago -- and third-best of the entire season. However, he continues to show incredible control, as he's still on nine walks through 98.1 innings this season. Hughes has now turned in back-to-back eight-inning, one-run outings at home against the two Chicago franchises. The White Sox in particular, though, have been low-hanging fruit for a lot of pitchers this year, so don't get overly excited, but it does appear that Hughes is rounding back into form. He next gets the Reds on the road Tuesday.

Phil Hughes SP MIN 1 week ago

Hughes had his best start of the season in Friday's win over the Cubs as he allowed one run over eight innings with four strikeouts. The Twins credit his improved start to more frequent use of his change-up. "He kept trying it," manager Paul Molitor told the Minneapolis Star Tribune, "which, I think, over the course of the second half will be a pitch he will continue to use more."

Hughes had been in a slump with a 5.47 ERA and just 4.8 K/9 in his last four starts, so hopefully Friday's outing is a sign he'll turn his season around. His strikeout rate remains an issue as he's fallen to 5.5 K/9 from 8.0 K/9 last season.

Phil Hughes SP MIN 2 weeks ago

Hughes allowed three runs through six innings against the Rangers Sunday, striking out three and walking one. He did not factor into the decision.

The righty avoided trouble for the most part, but fell victim to a pair of solo home runs in the second before allowing a third run from a bases loaded jam in the fifth. Hughes' ERA still sits at a disappointing 4.79 on the season, but he has now tossed back-to-back quality starts and will look to make it three as he faces the Cubs at home in his next start Friday.

Phil Hughes SP MIN 3 weeks ago

Hughes fell to 4-6 despite a quality start Tuesday against Kansas City, as he allowed three runs on seven hits over 7.2 innings.

Hughes walked one but only struck out three, and Kendrys Morales touched him up for a two-run home run. Hughes keeps pounding the zone, but his stuff looks as hittable as it did in his Yankees days this year. His ERA sits at 4.81.

Phil Hughes SP MIN 4 weeks ago

Hughes allowed five runs on 11 hits over 4.1 innings while striking out four and walking one in the Twins' Game 1 loss to the Red Sox on Wednesday.

In a 77-pitch outing, Hughes generated just one swinging strike Wednesday. While he's been able maintain an elite walk rate again this season (0.9 BB/9), Hughes has become prone to the long ball again after seemingly shaking that problem during his first campaign with the Twins. With a 12.4% HR/FB rate through 11 starts, it will be interesting to see if he's able to return to his 2014 level (6.2% HR/FB) over the final four months of the season. He'll face the Royals on Monday at Target Field in his next scheduled start.

Phil Hughes SP MIN 1 month ago

Hughes will likely be limited to just one start this week due to the postponement of Monday's game.

Hughes was set to start Tuesday and Sunday this week, but Monday's postponement will almost certainly push his first scheduled start back to Wednesday, and his second to next week. While Hughes will lose his status as a two-start pitcher this week, he figures to gain it next week in what otherwise would have been a one-start period.

Phil Hughes SP MIN 1 month ago

Hughes (4-4) gave up four runs on six hits -- including a pair of homers -- and struck out three over 6.2 innings in Wednesday's win over Boston.

Aside from a pair of two-run shots by Dustin Pedroia, the Sox weren't able to muster much in the way of offense against Hughes, but Pedroia's work was enough to dampen his final fantasy line. In that way, Wednesday was much like the rest of this season, as Hughes has been haunted by the long ball. Hughes' control has been his hallmark, but he's been around the plate a little too much so far. He'll draw a rematch with Boston on Tuesday.

Phil Hughes SP MIN 1 month ago

Hughes went seven strong innings Friday, allowing two runs on seven hits with three strikeouts in a 3-2 loss to the White Sox.

Hughes hasn't been at his best this season, but he's now back-to-back seven-inning, two-run performances, so perhaps he's found his stride after a rough start to the season. As usual, he's done a great job limiting his walks, issuing just six in 58 innings thus far. Hughes has a tough matchup in his next game, as he'll face the Red Sox on Wednesday.

Phil Hughes SP MIN 1 month ago

Hughes gave up two runs over seven innings with three strikeouts and one walk, but got a no-decision in Friday's loss to the White Sox.

Hughes left with the game tied and the bullpen gave up a run in the eighth inning to lose the game. Hughes didn't allow a home run for just the second start this season, so at least that's a good sign as the long ball has plagued him this season (1.55 HR/9 IP). He's put together two decent outings (14 IP with 4 ER in his last two starts with a 6:2 K:BB ratio), so he at least looks to be improving after a slow start to the season (5.11 ERA in his first seven starts).

Phil Hughes SP MIN 1 month ago

Hughes gave up two runs on five hits over seven innings pitched on Friday to earn his third win of the season.

Hughes earned win number three on Friday, beating Tampa Bay 3-2 in what was a very solid performance. He's now won three consecutive starts, and seems to be getting more comfortable every time he toes the rubber. Hughes walked just one batter and struck out three, to bring his ERA down to 4.76. He'll try to bring it down some more in his next start in Pittsburgh.