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Phil Hughes serves up four homers in 4.1 innings, takes over MLB lead in homers allowed

Jun 20, 2012, 2:52 PM EDT

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Just last week I wrote about how Ervin Santana was on pace to allow the third-most homers in baseball history, but now he’s not even the MLB leader in long balls allowed this season.

Phil Hughes took over that honor by serving up four homers in 4.1 innings against the Braves today and has now allowed 19 homers in 78.1 innings overall this season compared to 18 homers in 89 innings for Santana.

Oddly enough Hughes’ last outing versus the Nationals on June 15 was the only time in 13 starts this season that he hadn’t allowed a homer. So of course he allowed four today to make up for it. It’s also worth noting that despite all the homers Hughes had given up two or fewer runs in six of his last seven starts before this afternoon’s quick hook.

Assuming he stays in the Yankees’ rotation to make 33 starts, Hughes’s current pace would equal 45 homers, narrowly avoiding a top-three spot all time.

  1. jarathen - Jun 20, 2012 at 3:04 PM

    Oh man, Ervin Santana’s gonna be pissed.

    • proudlycanadian - Jun 20, 2012 at 5:55 PM

      Ervin and Phil are both on my fantasy team. Fortunately, home runs allowed is not a category we use.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Jun 20, 2012 at 10:19 PM

        take some of the bluejay pitchers next time, they only gave up 4 HR’s today too, that should help you out with your fake team

  2. savocabol1 - Jun 20, 2012 at 3:35 PM

    They were stealing signs though, right?

    • dan1111 - Jun 20, 2012 at 4:55 PM

      The batter totally knew that pitch was going to be up over the middle of the plate.

  3. proudlycanadian - Jun 20, 2012 at 5:07 PM

    Most of the time he pitches like Phil; however, a few times he pitches like his twin Phyllis.

  4. yankeehatersaredelusional - Jun 20, 2012 at 5:50 PM

    Flyball pitcher+ 97 degrees= a lot of long balls

    • brian32556 - Jun 21, 2012 at 12:52 PM

      Exactly! Nine (9) HR’s on the day combined for both teams, a new New Yankee Stadium record.

  5. pisano - Jun 20, 2012 at 7:47 PM

    Phelps, get ready to get a call to the big club after the next time Hughes gets bombed. Hughes has a good arm, but if his pitches are up in the zone this is what happens.

  6. Francisco (FC) - Jun 20, 2012 at 11:49 PM

    Aaron, Joe Blanton has 16 homers allowed in 41 1/3 innings, at that rate Phil and Ervin can rest easy

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