• Phil Hughes Doesn’t Deserve To Be An All-Star

    Posted by on July 5th, 2010 · Comments (9)

    Phil Hughes has been selected to the 2010 American League All-Star team – as he was voted in on the players’ ballot.

    In his first six starts this season, Hughes went 5-0 and had an ERA of 1.38 in 39 innings pitched.

    Since that time, in his last nine starts, Hughes has gone 5-2; however, in this span he’s had an ERA of 5.56 in 55 innings pitched.

    Does 39 great innings offset 55 putrid innings and warrants an All-Star selection?

    Man, this is a joke…and a bad one. And, if I’m Jeff Niemann, Jered Weaver, Felix Hernandez, C.J. Wilson, Colby Lewis or John Danks right now then I’m wondering how Hughes gets selected over me. Shoot, Carl Pavano – and, yes, I can’t believe it – is more deserving of an All-Star selection based on 2010 first half stats than Phil Hughes.

    Comments on Phil Hughes Doesn’t Deserve To Be An All-Star

    1. Evan3457
      July 5th, 2010 | 12:45 am

      That’s one spot to separate Phil’s season. Here’s another

      After 11 starts, Phil was 8-1 with a 2.71 ERA.
      In his last 4, he’s 2-1 with a 7.02 ERA.

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      Obviously, the players voted for the pitching staff a couple of weeks ago, before Phil’s performance drop-off. Take the vote back?

      Too bad; can’t be done. Sorry.

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      No, he doesn’t deserve to be on the All-Star Team. Wasn’t the first. Won’t be the last.

    2. July 5th, 2010 | 6:48 am

      @ Evan3457:

      I’ll do you one better.

      Hughes first 6 starts of the season:
      .165/.243/.203 BA/OBA/SLG allowed (148 BF) – 1.38 ERA

      Hughes next 5 starts after that (to get you to your 11 starts):
      .274/.308/.411 BA/OBA/SLG allowed (130 BF) – 4.40 ERA

      And, Hughes next 3 starts after that:
      .319/.372/.565 BA/OBA/SLG allowed (79 BF) – 6.87 ERA

      And, then there was his last start, yesterday:
      6 IP, 5 ER, 3 HR, 8 of 26 BF reached base.

      Again, there’s nothing about Hughes last 9 starts that says “All-Star.”

    3. jay
      July 5th, 2010 | 10:10 am

      You’re right, this is a tragedy. It marks the first time a player’s performance doesn’t justify a selection to the All Star team, but he’s selected anyway.

    4. 77yankees
      July 5th, 2010 | 10:12 am

      I think this happened to Carlos Marmol when he was setting up for the Cubs a couple years back. He had a lights out first half and then started to get lit up as he was picked for the AS team.

      Bottom line is, every year this argument goes on about who’s picked, who got stiffed, etc. But by July 14th, it’ll all be forgotten.

    5. JeremyM
      July 5th, 2010 | 11:09 am

      Well, at least the players selected him and not Girardi. I’m not sure how Weaver didn’t make the game, especially since it is in Anaheim of LA….

    6. Evan3457
      July 5th, 2010 | 12:02 pm

      JeremyM wrote:

      Well, at least the players selected him and not Girardi. I’m not sure how Weaver didn’t make the game, especially since it is in Anaheim of LA….

      Agreed: Weaver should most definitely be there.

    7. ken
      July 5th, 2010 | 12:06 pm

      Perhaps not, but the sun will still rise tomorrow. Seriously, he gets the benefit of high profile NY team. Players who chose him see much more of the hype than see him actually pitching.

    8. Zach
      July 5th, 2010 | 6:39 pm

      Just remember guys: Weaver, F. Hernandez/ Verlander, and and Pettitte will probably all be on the team. Someone has to fill in for Cahill, Sabathia, and Buchholz.

    9. Don
      July 7th, 2010 | 3:30 pm

      The last nine starts have been awful, but the real concern should not be the boring ASG, but the Yankees rotation. That is, can Hughes bounce back from these nine bad starts.

      Realistically, Hughes has had trouble throwing his curve and changeup with consistency. As Hughes sits 92-93, this isn’t enough without a dominating secondary pitch. If Hughes cannot throw his secondary pitches with far more consistency, the second half Hughes will be an ugly thing to watch, just as these past nine starts have been.

      Again, who cafes about the ASG? I’m sure that you, Steve, really don’t care about the ASG.

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