O/U: Hughes & Sabathia
Player: Phil Hughes
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?