It has been all over the headlines in New York—Phil Hughes has no velocity. It is almost as if the A.J. Burnett of last season switched bodies with Hughes.
There were supposed to be three questions going into this season for the Yankees and Hughes was not one of them. He won 18 games last season and was invited to the Mid-Summer Classic so he must have been doing something right.
Even when he was the setup man for the better part of the second half of the 2009 season, Hughes was throwing smoke. His fastball had life and would hover in the mid-90s.
Now, after three pathetic starts, Hughes has touched 92 MPH one time if we are lucky. His fastball is straight and looks like BP to these big league hitters. His 0-1 record—which could have been 0-3 at this point—and his 13.94 ERA are almost unimaginable.
Where is the Hughes we all knew?
In order for Phil to return to glory and become the constant we all were looking for, Hughes needs to make some adjustments.