There was no changeup, but Phil Hughes busted out a vintage curveball on Sunday as he tossed his first quality start of the season in a 7-2 win against the Toronto Blue Jays.
Hughes needed just 80 pitches through six innings. He averaged 91.25 mph on his fastball and 78 mph on the curveball, according to PitchFX, both season highs. He got six swinging strikes with the fastball and one with the curve. Like I said, no changeups, but with the progress his curveball made it doesn’t matter right now. The two runs he allowed were on four hits and two walks with five strikeouts.
The Yankees needed a game like this from Phil Hughes. With Freddy Garcia and Bartolo Colon both struggling apprehension surrounding the rotation is as high as it was in spring training. If Hughes can make Sunday’s game a trend it would go a long way in keeping the Yankees in the AL East race.