Phil Hughes was an 18-game winner last season, but that is not the case this season. Hughes has only made three starts, going 0-1, and he is now on the 60-day DL.
His first start came against the Detroit Tigers on April 3. Hughes went only four innings, allowing five hits, two of which were home runs. Hughes surrendered five earned runs that start, and threw 90 pitches when he was taken out before the start of the fifth inning. Hughes only struck out one batter.
His second start came at Boston on April 8, a big game in the series. Hughes only pitched two innings against the Yankees' rival. He allowed seven hits, two walks and a home run. These all led to six earned runs. Hughes did not record a single strikeout.
His third and final start in the majors came on April 14, against the Baltimore Orioles. Hughes went 4.1 innings, allowing seven hits, one of which was a home run. Hughes surrendered five earned runs, yet this was his best start of the season. Hughes tripled his total of strikeouts on the season in this game, striking out two more batters.
Hughes has been hit hard in his three starts, and he has been awful. Hughes has a season ERA of 13.94 and a WHIP of 2.23. Hughes has been dreadful, and he has been the worst pitcher in the league.