McHugh (3-1) allowed one hit and a walk in two scoreless innings, striking out three and earning the victory in Wednesday's 5-4 win over the Orioles.
The veteran righty has now held opponents scoreless in 13 consecutive appearances, striking out 38 and issuing only three free passes in that 27-inning span. After missing the 2020 season, McHugh has settled in with the Rays and become an incredibly valuable and versatile weapon capable of short starts and high-leverage relief appearances alike. His 1.51 ERA, 0.91 WHIP, three wins and five holds make him an intriguing fantasy option for the remainder of the season.
McHugh pitched two perfect innings and struck out three in a 4-0 win in Game 2 of Wednesday's doubleheader versus Cleveland. He did not factor in the decision.
McHugh was the first of five Tampa Bay pitchers to limit Cleveland to no hits in this seven-inning contest. The right-hander has mostly been a reliever this year, and to great effect -- he has a 1.77 ERA, 0.93 WHIP and 53:7 K:BB across 35.2 innings. McHugh has added four holds and a 2-1 record in 20 appearances.
McHugh will serve as the opener during the second game of Wednesday's doubleheader against Cleveland, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
McHugh most recently tossed three scoreless innings against the Blue Jays and struck out six in that appearance, and he'll take the mound to begin Wednesday's nightcap. The right-hander has posted a 1.87 ERA and 0.98 WHIP in 33.2 innings across 19 appearances (three starts) to begin the season.
McHugh secured his third hold in a win over the Blue Jays on Sunday, firing three scoreless innings during which he allowed just one hit and recorded six strikeouts.
McHugh's string of dominant multi-inning efforts continued in stellar fashion Sunday, as he needed only 33 pitches to record nine outs, with six of those impressively coming via punchout. The veteran right-hander has now authored nine straight scoreless appearances to lower his ERA and WHIP to 1.87 and 0.98, respectively; moreover, he's taken his swing-and-miss stuff to a career-best level, as evidenced by a 13.4 K/9 and 38.5 percent strikeout rate.
McHugh notched his second victory in a win over the Angels on Friday, allowing one hit and recording two strikeouts over 1.1 scoreless innings.
McHugh got four outs on an efficient 19 pitches, 12 of which found the strike zone. The veteran right-hander has made scoreless multi-inning outings the norm of late, as he now boasts an eight-appearance scoreless streak during which he's forged a 23:2 K:BB and posted an 0.75 WHIP over 16 innings.
McHugh fired three perfect innings during which he recorded three strikeouts in a loss to the Red Sox on Tuesday.
McHugh got his nine outs on an efficient 37 pitches, notching an impressive eight swinging strikes along the way. The veteran right-hander now owns a seven-appearance scoreless streak, a stretch during which he's posted an elite 21:2 K:BB across 14.2 innings.
McHugh (undisclosed) fired three scoreless innings in a loss to the Mariners on Friday, allowing two hits and recording three strikeouts.
McHugh spent just a day on the COVID-19 injured list before being reinstated, and he was put right to work Friday in the type of assignment he's proven quite adept in recently. The veteran right-hander now has four consecutive scoreless multi-inning efforts, coaxing his ERA and WHIP down to 2.39 and 1.18, respectively, in the process.
McHugh (undisclosed) was reinstated from the COVID-19 injured list Thursday, Neil Solondz of the Rays Radio Network reports.
McHugh landed on the injured list Wednesday for an unspecified reason, and he apparently didn't test positive for COVID-19 since he'll return to the team just one day later. The right-hander should be available going forward following the brief absence. He's been one of the most productive relievers for the Rays of late, as he's posted a 0.50 ERA, 0.89 WHIP and 31:6 K:BB in 18 innings across his last 11 appearances.
The Rays placed McHugh on the COVID-19-related injured list Wednesday, Neil Solondz of the Rays Radio Network reports.
McHugh will face an uncertain timeline to return from the IL; his absence could last just one or two days if he's merely experience side effects of a vaccine shot, or he could be sidelined for more than a week if he's tested positive for the virus. The Rays recalled Chris Mazza from Triple-A Durham to provide a fresh arm out of the bullpen while McHugh is deactivated. After a rough April, McHugh has been one of the Rays' top relievers over the past month and a half, submitting a 0.50 ERA, 0.89 WHIP and 31:6 K:BB in 18 innings over his last 11 appearances.
McHugh, who recorded five strikeouts while allowing just one hit over two scoreless innings in a win over the Orioles on Saturday, now has three straight multi-inning appearances during which he's forged a 13:1 K:BB.
The long-time starter appears to have truly found his niche in manager Kevin Cash's eclectic relief corps, with McHugh's season ERA now sitting at an impressive 2.70 across 23.1 innings. He also boasts a 37.1 percent strikeout rate that qualifies as a career high, and his 5.1 K-BB% is one of the best in MLB. While his usage has netted only one win and three holds thus far, McHugh's ability to miss bats at an elite clip and frequent deployment should lead to more decisions and hold opportunities as the season unfolds.
McHugh, who fired two scoreless innings during which he allowed two hits and a walk while recording five strikeouts in a loss to the Yankees on Wednesday, has an 0.69 ERA and 15.9 K/9 across the 13 innings covering his last nine appearances.
A conventional starter for most of his career, McHugh has mostly shifted to an opener/long-relief role with considerable success during his first season in Tampa Bay. The veteran right-hander has coaxed his ERA from an unsightly 10.13 to 3.44 during his aforementioned stretch of dominance and has displayed considerable versatility in terms of the different roles he's been able to take on effectively.
McHugh gave up two hits across two-thirds of an inning Sunday against the Phillies. He didn't factor into the decision.
McHugh only tossed 14 pitches before being lifted and while he tossed 10 of those deliveries for strikes, he couldn't even complete an inning before making way to Josh Fleming. McHugh has made three starts in 12 appearances this season and owns a 3.86 ERA. He's expected to continue his role as a swingman going forward.
McHugh is scheduled to serve as the Rays' opening pitcher for Sunday's game against the Phillies, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
McHugh has maxed out at three innings and 45 pitches this season, so that should represent the upper bounds of his workload Sunday before he gives way to Josh Fleming, who is expected to serve as a bulk reliever for Tampa Bay. After a rocky April, McHugh has developed into a trusted multi-inning weapon for the Rays over the past month. Through seven outings in May spanning 10.1 frames, McHugh has posted an 0.87 ERA, 0.87 WHIP and 18:5 K:BB.
McHugh fired two perfect innings during which he recorded three strikeouts in a win over the Orioles on Tuesday.
McHugh has carved out quite the effective niche as manager Kevin Cash's ace in the hole for multi-inning work, as the veteran right-hander now has a trio of scoreless multi-inning efforts on his ledger in May. The current month is in stark contrast to McHugh's four-appearance April, when he surrendered eight runs (six earned) on 12 hits and a walk over 5.1 innings before suffering a back injury that put him on the shelf.
McHugh did not allow a hit over two scoreless innings in a no-decision against the Yankees on Wednesday. He walked one batter and struck out two.
McHugh was deployed as an opener again Wednesday after appearing out of the bullpen in his first four outings this year. He faced the minimum six hitters after he walked Luke Voit in the second but got Aaron Hicks to ground into an inning-ending 3-5-3 double play. The 34-year-old has had a pair of shaky outings but has otherwise been pretty reliable in multi-inning scenarios. His 6.75 ERA and 1.50 WHIP isn't a pretty sight, but McHugh does own a respectable 12:2 K:BB over 9.1 innings.
McHugh will serve as the Rays' opener for Wednesday's game against the Yankees, Neil Solondz of the Rays Radio Network reports.
McHugh pitched out of the bullpen in his first four outings of 2021, but he'll now serve as an opener for a second straight appearance. The right-hander worked as an opener Thursday and struck out five in two perfect innings. Left-hander Ryan Yarbrough is slated to serve as Wednesday's primary pitcher.
McHugh fanned five of the six batters he faced over two innings in Thursday's victory over the Angels. He didn't factor into the decision.
The righty was sharp Thursday in his first appearance in three weeks, retiring every batter he faced. The 33-year-old threw 17 of his 23 pitches for strikes and now will look to build his stamina back up in order to earn a longer leash from conservative manager Kevin Cash. McHugh will more than likely open for two to three innings in his next appearance.
Manager Kevin Cash said McHugh would serve as the Rays' opening pitcher for Thursday's series finale against the Angels, Steve Carney of Sports Radio 620 WDAE reports.
Before he was activated from the injured list earlier this week after missing time with a lower-back strain, McHugh had been building up for a multi-inning relief role. As such, he should be capable of working at least two frames Thursday before giving way to primary pitcher Josh Fleming, who had served as a traditional starter in three of his prior four appearances.
McHugh (back) was activated from the 10-day injured list Tuesday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
The 33-year-old spent the past few weeks on the shelf with a lower-back strain but will rejoin the active roster Tuesday. McHugh surrendered six runs through his first 5.1 innings of the season before the injury, and he'll attempt to get on track now that he's healthy.
Rays manager Kevin Cash said McHugh (back) would travel with the team for its seven-game road trip that begins Monday, Jordan Horrobin of MLB.com reports.
Cash wasn't willing to reveal a target date for when McHugh might be activated from the 10-day injured list, but the skipper noted the right-hander is "definitely going in the right direction." Considering McHugh tossed a two-inning simulated game Sunday, the Rays would most likely want to give him at least Monday and Tuesday off for rest before his activation is considered.
|Last 7 Games|
|07/21||vs BAL||W 5-4||1||2.0||1||0||1||3|
|07/18||@ ATL||W 7-5||2.0||2||0||0||2|
|07/11||vs TOR||L 1-3||2.0||1||0||0||1|
|07/07||vs CLE||W 4-0||2.0||0||0||0||3|
|07/04||@ TOR||W 5-1||3.0||1||0||0||6|
|06/25||vs LAA||W 4-3||1||1.1||1||0||0||2|
|06/22||vs BOS||L 5-9||3.0||0||0||0||3|
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|Minor League Pitching Stats|
|2010||AFX-Savannah Sand Gnats||132.0||28||20||0||7||8||1||129||38||139||3.34||1.341|
|2011||AFA-St. Lucie Mets||35.0||9||6||0||1||2||1||39||14||47||6.43||1.743|
|2013||AAA-Colorado Springs Sky||46.2||9||9||0||2||2||0||47||14||52||4.67||1.429|
|2013||AAA-Las Vegas 51s||53.1||9||9||0||3||2||0||41||13||57||2.88||1.318|
|2014||AAA-Oklahoma City Redhaw||19.0||5||3||0||0||0||0||13||6||15||3.79||1.105|
|2017||AA-Corpus Christi Hooks||15.0||4||4||0||0||0||0||11||4||18||3.60||1.467|
|2019||AAX-Corpus Christi Hooks||3.0||3||0||0||0||0||0||4||1||2||3.00||1.000|
|2019||AAA-Round Rock Express||0.2||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||1||1||90.00||10.000|