Fantasy Baseball: Is Phil Hughes Back?

Jun 20, 2012


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Since getting lit up by the Angels for seven runs in 51/3 innings on May 28th, the former Yankee phenom Phil Hughes is 3-0 with a 1.69 ERA, a 1.08 WHIP, and 23 strikeouts in 21-1/3 innings over his past three starts. Is that just a nice hot streak, or can Hughes return to his 2010 form (18-8, 4.19 ERA).
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Hughes is just 7-5 with a 4.50 ERA, but he has been solid of late. Even with that seven-run disaster he has lowered his ERA from 7.48 in his past eight starts, with all six of his quality starts coming during that stretch.
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Hughes has been equally solid at home and on the road as he splits set up as 4-2 at home with a 4.46 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP and 3-3 on the road with a 4.54 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP, though he is 3-0 in his past three home starts with a 2.25 ERA.
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His next start is today against the Braves in Yankee Stadium, which makes him a solid streaming option regardless of whether you decide to stick with him long-term.
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Hughes is owned in less than forty percent of fantasy leagues. He is worth adding to your fantasy pitching staff. He’s a good bet for wins and strikeouts and should not hurt you ERA dramatically. His WHIP tends to run a little high, but that is your trade off. His confidence is there and he has always had the stuff. Roll with him while he’s riding high.
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