There has been some talk lately about Andy Pettitte making this year's AL All-Star team. Pettitte has the stats -- 7-1 (tied for AL lead) with a 2.48 ERA (third in AL).
But what about Phil Hughes, who will be tonight's starter for the Yankees against the Baltimore Orioles?
If Hughes wins tonight against the worst team in baseball, Hughes will also have a 7-1 record. Hughes is fifth in the AL in ERA (2.70). Pettitte is second.
Hughes also has a 1.06 WHIP and teams are hitting just .201 against him this season.
Hughes had two shaky starts in a row -- five earned runs in five innings against the Red Sox on May 17. He followed that with his only loss of the season, against the Mets on May 22 when he gave up four earned runs and eight hits in 5.2 innings. But he rebounded nicely with a solid win against Cleveland on May 28, pitching seven innings with two earned runs allowed and eight strikeouts.
Also, Hughes has five or more strikeouts in seven of his starts this season.
It will be interesting to see if Pettitte and/or Hughes make the AL All-Star team this season, especially with Joe Girardi as the manager.
By the way, Hughes is 2-2 with a 5.97 ERA against the Orioles in his short career.