MLB Update: Phil Hughes Has New York On Fire

Sports Radio NY AM1240-WGBBContributor IMay 18, 2010

NEW YORK - APRIL 15:  Phil Hughes of the New York Yankees pitches against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim during their game on April 15, 2010 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City. All Major League players wore number 42 today in honor of Jackie Robinson.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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New York Yankees pitcher Phil Hughes has dominated thus far into the 2010 season. Starting with a 5-0 record (best on the squad) and a 2.25 ERA on the year—Hughes has been lighting it up in the fifth spot for the red-hot Yanks.

Despite struggling against the Boston Red Sox, Hughes still managed not to lose the game and finished with a no decision. He pitched four innings and allowed five earned runs with three strike outs. The Yankees came away with the victory, though, with outfielder Marcus Thames hitting a walk-off jack against Jonathan Papelbon in the botton of the ninth.

Many didn’t expect Phil Hughes to start the season with this much succes—but you can guarantee that the Bronx Bombers are loving every minute of it.

After moving fourth starter Javier Vazquez to the bullpen (with his 8.01 ERA), the Yankees will be relying more on their young-gun to pick up the slack.

If Hughes keeps up the pace, he’ll be moving up in the rotation soon enough.