Fantasy owners worried that Collin McHugh's out-of-nowhere 2014 breakout was a fluke got reassurance from his 2015 season. McHugh finished among the top 30 starting pitchers and his 203 2/3 innings and 19 wins were keys to his success. The 28-year-old deserves some credit for his ranking, as he had to pitch well enough to earn those wins and produce those innings. However, he did receive a high level of run support and his strikeout rate waned from the previous season. McHugh may not get back to recording a strikeout per inning, unless he can reverse a dip in his fastball velocity and a spike in his contact rate allowed. Standard mixed league owners should still plan on targeting him in the middle to late rounds.
Astros pitcher Collin McHugh will start Game 5 of the American League Division Series in Kansas City on Wednesday. McHugh will be looking for his second win of the series after picking up the victory in Game 1. He is slated to square off against Johnny Cueto in the decisive battle.
Astros starter Collin McHugh allowed two runs on four hits and a walk with one strikeout over six innings Thursday to earn the win in Game 1 of the ALDS against the Royals. McHugh allowed two solo home runs during the game -- both to Kendrys Morales -- but he combined with Tony Sipp, Will Harris, Oliver Perez and Luke Gregerson to hold the Royals' offense scoreless otherwise. If the Astros choose to pitch McHugh on four days rest, he'll take the hill for Game 4 of the ALDS on Monday, otherwise he's likely to pitch Game 5, if necessary, on October 14.
Astros starting pitcher Collin McHugh will start Game 1 of the ALDS against the Royals, the Houston Chronicle reports. McHugh was hit-or-miss over his final few starts, but he threw the ball very well after the All-Star break, posting a 3.11 ERA over his final 14 starts. He will square off against the Royals' Yordano Ventura on Thursday night.
Astros SP Collin McHugh recovered from a rough first inning to pick up his 18th win of the season Saturday, allowing four runs on eight hits and a walk over 6 2/3 innings while striking out six. He spotted the Rangers three runs in the opening frame, but settled down after that and let the Astros bats get to work. McHugh has now won four of five September starts despite a 4.31 ERA over that stretch, and he'll take the mound one more time in the regular season, facing the Diamondbacks on the road Friday.
Astros pitcher Collin McHugh gave up five runs on eight hits and three walks while striking out four over 3 2/3 innings Tuesday against the Rangers. McHugh has now given up 10 runs on 14 hits and five walks over his last two starts (nine innings), so it is hard to start the righty with confidence going forward. His ERA now sits at 4.05 through 182 innings -- a far cry from the 2.73 mark he posted in 154.2 innings last season. McHugh's next start will come Sunday at home against the A's.