Colleague Andrew Marchand wondered in Thursday morning’s first pitch if Phil Hughes’ time with the Yankees could be coming to an end if he doesn’t step it up.
Well, if he continues on his current pace, it just might be.
ESPN Stats & Information’s Katie Sharp took the time to send over some stats on Hughes -- they aren’t good.
Hughes met with the media Wednesday and was asked what he wants to improve on.
“I think pitch count is one thing that stands out. I just have to be more aggressive, kind of go back to what I really want to do as a pitcher, and that’s attack early and finish guys off,” Hughes said. “Just do all the little things that make a successful outing, pounding the strike zone, getting early outs and go from there.”
Good idea. Hughes currently leads the majors in pitches per inning pitch (22.9).
Here’s more on the 25-year-old righty (all ranks below min. 40 plate appearances unless noted):
• Hughes has the highest OPS allowed (1.144) and slugging percentage allowed (.730) in baseball. His BABIP (Batting Averaging on Balls In Play) is .435, seventh-highest.
• Hughes’ leads the majors in flyball percentage (61.5). His groundball percentage is third-lowest (23.1). His line drive percentage, though, is 15.4 percent, below the league average (18).
• Hughes has allowed an OPS of 1.378 after getting in 0-2 counts, worst in the league (min. 10 plate appearances). Opposing hitters are 5-for-12 (.417) off him with three doubles and a home run after an 0-2 count.
In his last outing, Hughes gave up a booming RBI double after getting ahead of Albert Pujols 0-2. And he was up 1-2 in the count before serving up a flat cutter that Howie Kendrick mashed into the left-field seats for the fourth-inning three-run homer that knocked him out of the game.
• Control has been a problem, too. Hughes has throw just 42.1 percent of his pitches in the strike zone, 12th-lowest in baseball, sixth-lowest in the AL.