Phil Hughes gets the start this evening for the Yankees, April 28th, against the Tigers.
Almost one year ago to the day, Hughes also started a game for the Yankees, on April 29, 2008, against the Tigers.
In that game, Phil Hughes went 3.2 innings, throwing 82 pitches, allowing 11 baserunners and 6 earned runs.
Here’s a flashback to some commentary on that game:
Actually, what was most interesting about this game was listening to John Flaherty and Al Leiter, on the YES coverage, go to town about how Phil Hughes’ 89-92 MPH fastball was straight with little movement, and, that, along with just a curve was not enough to retire big league batters on a consistent basis. I believe Leiter referred to Hughes’ fastball as being a ‘hittable speed.’ (The two also went on to talk about how Hughes needs to feature – or even just show – a slider or change-up on a more regular basis to be more effective.)
Actually, what Flaherty and Leiter were saying today ties right into David Cone’s point on Hughes the other day – that after the line-up sees him once, they pretty much have him sized up.
Of course, right after that start, we found out that Hughes had a busted rib and bad eyes.
It will be very interesting to see the change, if any, in Phil Hughes this evening – and what the Yankees announcers have to say about him this time. How do you think Hughes will do?