O/U: Hughes & Sabathia

Player: Phil Hughes
Stat: Wins
The Number: 10

Report: Last year was not a very good year for Phil Hughes. Coming into Spring Training last year, Hughes had gained weight, lost velocity and spent a while on the DL, going 5-5 with a 5.79 ERA to end the season.This year it seems to be a little bit more promising for Hughes. He came into camp lighter, looked like he bulked up and  is competing for a job in the starting rotation. Yankees fans are hoping that Hughes can repeat his numbers from 2010 but it would be a miracle to see Hughes bounce back with those proportions.

The Verdict: I believe that Phil Hughes will go over 10 wins but he won’t go to 18 like he did in 2010. My guess will be approximately 10-11 wins this season if Hughes can bounce back into form. I know this might be an off comparison, but if A.J Burnett could have a bad year and get 10 wins, then so can Phil Hughes.

The Player: CC Sabathia
Stat: Complete Games
The Number: 4

Report: CC Sabathia is undoubtedly the ace of the New York Yankees, so when he has his best stuff, it’s not hard to finish a game that he’s started. In his career so far Sabathia has completed 33 games: 19 with the Cleveland Indians, 7 with the Milwaukee Brewers & 7 with the New York Yankees (2 in 2009 & 2010, 3 in 2011). This may be the American League East, but CC has been able to make hitters look foolish in his time with the Yankees.

The Verdict: I believe this year it will be the year of Yankees pitching, but a  complete game is a hard thing to do. For this one I am not going over or under, but I am predicting that CC will have 4 complete games in 2012.

Do you think that Phil Hughes will have over/under 10 wins this season? Do you think that CC Sabathia will have over/under 4 complete games?

About Delia E.

Delia Enriquez is the managing editor of Yankees Fans Unite. She enjoys analyzing the New York Yankees whether it be their pitching, roster or their manager. You can follow her on twitter @dfiregirl4 for more tweets, analysis and opinion on the Yankees.

Posted on March 18, 2012, in Player Analysis and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. Very nice teaser Delia!
    Phil-17-6 with 0 CG
    CC-20-6 with 3 CG
    I hope you all understand this is all a guess, who knows for sure…or how well they will pitch until they start pitching to the real line-ups in a few days. Then we can tell more about how the season my go for them.

    • That’s a pretty good guess with Hughes going 17-6. I hope you’re right.

      • If I am right, I’ll be very happy…my guess have been very marginal the last two-week or so.
        I have to get in shape to make the minor league trip this year, I missed it last year…Not this year…knock on wood, or my head, no difference! 🙂

  2. If Hughes is allowed to start the season I will be very disappointed if he only has 10 wins.

    I see:
    16 wins 8 loses and 1 rain shortened complete game in Hughes 2012 season.with 3.85 ERA

    For the Big Guy, CC:
    19 wins 6 loses and 3 complete games in 2012 and I’ll go 1 step further a 2.97 ERA.

  3. My guess, CC-18, Kuroda-14, Pineda-13, Hughes-14, Nova-12, Pettite-?

  4. CC has been a model of consistency and a true HORSE for the Yanks. With their awesome bullpen they don’t push him to finish many games but he went at least 7 full innings in 23 of his 33 starts and NEVER failed to pitch into the 6th inning. He is soooo valuable to the staff – Girardi knows the bullpen won’t have to work hard when CC is on the hill.

    I predict 20 wins for CC.

    Hughes is difficult to predict since the Yanks have 7 starters but if he stays in the rotation al yr I’d say he’s be in the 13-14 win range.

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