Astros: Who has 2017 Starting Rotation Job Security?
Throughout his Astros career, McHugh has been a winner. All 37 of his career wins have been with the Astros in the past three seasons. And even though McHugh has been in the running for post-season accolades for his first two seasons for the Astros, he was still underrated and underappreciated.
McWho is McHugh in 2016?
Then he fell back down to earth in 2016. In 25 starts this season, McHugh has a record of 7-10 with a 4.99 ERA and a 1.58 WHIP.
Like Fiers, McHugh has become much more hittable this season. With a WHIP that has jumped 0.24 points in 2016, his batting average against is .304 this season. This has increased his home run total to 1.4 per nine innings.
McHugh is in a different spot than Fiers though, he has actually proved himself in an Astros uniform. Even though it has not been present this season, McHugh has shown consistency and reliability in years past.
However, there is one sign that is very interesting this season for McHugh. His strikeout total has actually increased in 2016. Also, his strikeouts per nine innings have increased from 7.8 in 2015 to 9.0 in 2016.
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If McHugh can pitch back into 2014 and 2015 form, he will be a force in the 2017 Astros starting rotation. He probably will start there based on his history. However, he will have a short leash if he struggles in April next year.
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