Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Phil Hughes needs to snap Yankees funk

The New York Yankees are in a terrible funk right now and only a strong pitching performance can get them out of it. Phil Hughes gets his chance to step up for his team this afternoon.

It's time for Hughes to morph back into the guy who looked like the ace of the pitching staff and a contender for the American League Cy Young award. On June 2, Hughes was 7-1 with a 2.54 ERA. He won three more games that month, mainly because his offense was supporting him by scoring a lot of runs rather than his pitching with his ERA starting to climb. The righty is now 12-4 with a 4.07 ERA.

The youngster showed progress last Friday against the Tampa Bay Rays, but suffered a tough loss after getting beat on one bad pitch. He's going to have to step up against the Toronto Blue Jays, who have proven they will not be pushovers in the American League East.

At certain points of the season, a struggling team needs a guy who steps on the mound and completely shuts down the other team, inspiring them to a victory that can set them on a long winning streak. Hughes can be that guy today. It's time for him to snap his team out of its funk.

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