Tuesday, October 16, 2012

The Tale Of Two Phil Hughes Vs. Tigers

The Yankees will face Justin Verlander and the Tigers tonight in Game 2 of the ALCS and will be sending Phil Hughes to the mound for that task. Phil has faced the Tigers twice this season, both on the road in Comerica, and has had a mixed bag of results against them. In the first start on June 3rd, conveniently against Justin Verlander, Hughes threw a complete game with 8 K's while allowing 1 run and four hits. In his second start on August 7th, the day after Verlander threw, was not as good a start as his first. Hughes threw 4.1 IP while allowing 4 runs, all earned, and allowed a home run while collecting 4 K's. Not that you can judge anything by the way he pitched in the season and compare it to how he will pitch in the post season but this really shows us nothing. Which Phil Hughes will we see tonight? If the Yankees want to play past the weekend we better hope for the June 3rd Phil Hughes that out dueled Justin Verlander.

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