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31 Collin McHugh SP
Height/Weight: 6-2/189 | Birthdate: 6/19/1987 | Birthplace: Naperville, IN | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Houston | College: None | MLB Experience: 4 | Owned/Started%: 93/62 | Average Draft Position: 149.00
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Astros starter Collin McHugh dominant in victory


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(6/28/2015) Collin McHugh was on top of his game Sunday, powering through the Yankees lineup during his eight innings of work, allowing just two singles as the Astros earned a 3-1 victory. 

McHugh picked up his third straight victory while striking out eight batters and walking two. He threw 106 pitches and delivered 18 first-pitch strikes to the 28 batters he faced. 

Over his last three starts, McHugh has allowed just six earned runs to drop his ERA from 5.08 to 4.51. 


Astros SP Collin McHugh earns win in Tuesday's start


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(6/24/2015) Astros pitcher Collin McHugh was outstanding during Tuesday's 13-3 loss to the Angels.

McHugh scattered nine hits, which led to two runs over eight innings of work. He also struck out six and walked one during the outing to earn his eighth win of season.

McHugh has tossed a quality start in three of his last four starts. His next expected start is scheduled for Sunday against the Yankees.


Astros SP Collin McHugh strikes out eight, picks up win


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(6/18/2015) Astros starting pitcher Collin McHugh picked up his seventh win of the season in Thursday's game against the Rockies.

McHugh threw six innings, allowed four hits and three earned runs. His command was spotty as he walked five batters but managed to strike out eight others.

McHugh (7-3) has a 5.04 ERA this season.


Astros SP Collin McHugh torched for eight runs on Saturday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/13/2015) Astros starter Collin McHugh was knocked around for eight runs on nine hits in just 3 2/3 innings on Saturday against the Mariners. McHugh walked two and struck out one, as he never really got going in this one. 

McHugh (6-3) got in deep trouble early, allowing five runs in the first inning, including a three-run bomb off the bat of Logan Morrison. Morrison got him again for a two-run shot in the third.

Saturday's performance was the worst of the season for McHugh in terms of innings pitched and earned runs allowed. His ERA ballooned to 5.08 on the season.

"You got to fix something," he said, per MLB.com. "I got to figure something out. It's frustrating because my stuff's not very sharp right now. But my body feels good, my arm feels good. I feel good in between starts. That's just a matter of kind of getting over the hump, getting back to where we need to go. I think I'm close, it's just today is one of those days, it gets away from you real fast."

He'll look for better results his next time out, scheduled for Thursday in Colorado.


Astros' Collin McHugh tosses quality start vs. Blue Jays


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/7/2015) Astros pitcher Collin McHugh didn't factor into the decision on Sunday, giving up three earned runs on seven hits and one walk in six innings while striking out three in his team's 7-6 loss to the Blue Jays.

"As the starting pitcher, even if you don't have your sharpest stuff on the day, you gotta go out there every inning and try to keep it at par," McHugh said, per MLB.com.

McHugh served up a solo homer in the first inning and a two-run homer in the fourth, and he was on the hook for the loss before the Astros offense racked up four runs in the top of the seventh to take a 6-3 lead and put him in line for a win. However, the Blue Jays scored three runs of their own in the bottom of the ninth to pull out the victory.

McHugh owns a 4.34 ERA and 61:14 K:BB ratio in 76 2/3 innings. He's scheduled to square off with the Mariners at home on Saturday.

"I don't think it's any secret, I haven't been very sharp lately with any of my outings probably in the last month," he said.


Astros SP Collin McHugh collects sixth win on Tuesday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/2/2015) Astros pitcher Collin McHugh worked past a rough inning and received enough run support to pick up his sixth win of the season Tuesday night against the Orioles.

McHugh (6-2) surrendered a run-scoring single to Steve Pearce, a two-run triple to Ryan Flaherty and a run-scoring single to Manny Machado in the second inning. He settled down the rest of the way and was charged with four earned runs on six hits and two walks while striking out six over seven innings of a 6-4 victory.

McHugh has allowed four earned runs in back-to-back outings. He owns a 4.33 ERA, a 1.23 WHIP and 58:13 K:BB ratio over 70 2/3 innings pitched. His next start will come Sunday at Toronto.


Astros pitcher Collin McHugh allows nine hits in no-decision


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/27/2015) Astros pitcher Collin McHugh allowed four runs on nine hits in Houston's 5-4 loss to the Orioles on Wednesday, but did not factor into a decision.

McHugh was in cruise control through the first three innings of work. However, the fourth inning was not kind to him. McHugh allowed a leadoff double to Jimmy Paredes followed by a bunt single by Adam Jones. Then, Baltimore executed a double steal to perfection, plating a run when Paredes stole home. 

McHugh then surrendered back-to-back home runs to Chris Davis and Steve Pearce before finally being able to get out of the inning. McHugh, who remains 5-2, moved his ERA to 3.68 in his six innings of work. He will look to get back on track when he faces the Orioles again on Tuesday.


Astros SP Collin McHugh allows nine hits in Friday's loss


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5/22/2015) Astros pitcher Collin McHugh surrendered a season-high nine hits over seven innings of work during Friday's 6-2 loss to the Tigers.

"I was pretty bad," he said, per MLB.com. "I was pretty bad with the fastball command. Too many cutters. Too many hard-hit balls. I was behind too many batters. They had nine hits in seven innings. Every mistake I made, they were hitting hard. No, I didn't feel very good about it."

The nine hits led to three runs, which all came on a home run by J.D. Martinez in the third inning. McHugh has pitched at least seven innings in five of his last seven starts. His ERA now stands at 3.43.

"I thought McHugh battled tonight," manager A.J. Hinch said. "He made one or two mistakes. It seemed like every mistake was hit with some authority. They worked him the other way, obviously the big blow from Martinez with the home run in that inning, and they tacked on a few more runs [in the eighth inning]. For McHugh, seven innings, three runs, it was a matter of one swing that took a lot out of his night."

His next expected start is scheduled for Wednesday at Baltimore.


Astros pitcher Collin McHugh strikes out nine in win on Sunday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/17/2015) Astros pitcher Collin McHugh allowed two runs on six hits in seven innings of work in Houston's 4-2 win over the Blue Jays on Sunday.

McHugh worked efficiently through the first two innings. Then in the third, McHugh surrendered a lead off double to Steve Tolleson, who was sacrificed to third before Jose Bautista hit a sac fly to left to bring home a run. Then in the fourth, McHugh gave up another run on a second sac fly, this time via Ryan Goins. 

"It was tough from the get-go," McHugh said to MLB.com. "I felt like they had guys on base every inning. But overall we battled today."

McHugh, now 5-1, moved his ERA to 3.38 in 50 2/3 innings of work. He will look to keep rolling Friday against the Tigers.

"That leadoff batter, we had a hard time getting them out in the early part of the game," Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. "But [McHugh] missed bats when he needed to, and he managed innings the way you're supposed to when you're controlling damage.

"A really effective outing with all his pitches working at different times of the game. I was impressed with his perseverance through the traffic."


Astros' Collin McHugh gets roughed up in loss to Giants


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/12/2015) Astros pitcher Collin McHugh took a step back with a rough outing, suffering his first loss of the season Tuesday night against San Francisco.

McHugh (4-1) allowed a bases-clearing double to Matt Duffy in the second inning and was charged with four unearned runs in the fifth. He yielded seven runs -- three earned -- on seven hits and two walks while striking out three over 4 2/3 innings of work in an 8-1 defeat. Of his 91 pitches, 55 were strikes.

McHugh has allowed 13 runs -- nine earned -- over his last three starts (19 innings). He will look to get back on track Sunday afternoon at home against Toronto.


Astros SP Collin McHugh receives no-decision Thursday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5/8/2015) While Astros pitcher Collin McHugh gave his team more than seven solid innings of work Thursday, he received a no-decision during the 3-2 win over the Angels.

McHugh surrendered two runs on five hits over 7 1/3 innings. He struck out seven batters and walked one. His biggest mistake was a solo home run given up to Mike Trout in the first inning.

He lowered his ERA from 3.41 to 3.23. McHugh (4-0) has pitched at least seven innings in three of his last four starts.

His next expected start is scheduled for Wednesday against the Giants.


Astros pitcher Collin McHugh moves to 4-0 with win Saturday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/2/2015) Astros pitcher Collin McHugh allowed four runs on six hits, including four home runs, in Houston's 11-4 win over the Mariners Saturday. 

McHugh's biggest rough patch came in the second inning when he allowed three solo shots to Nelson Cruz, Logan Morrison and Mike Zunino. Then in the sixth, Cruz got ahold of another one, his league-leading 13th of the season. But McHugh was able to limit the damage and add three strikeouts to his totals.

"It helps when your team scores 11," McHugh said per the Associated Press. "Our guys did an unbelievable job. Every time they threw a punch, our guys came back and counter-punched and even more. It makes it a little bit easier, breathe a little easier after the guys put you back on top."

McHugh, who moves to 4-0 with the win, moved his ERA to 3.41 and will look to keep rolling Thursday against the Angels.


Astros SP Collin McHugh receives no-decision Monday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(4/28/2015) Despite producing six solid innings of work, it was not enough to earn Astros pitcher Collin McHugh a win during Monday's victory over the Padres.

McHugh tossed six innings and allowed three runs on seven hits. He also struck out five batters, while walking none. His ERA now stands at 2.92.

"McHugh ran into a little bit of trouble, and I think he threw close to 30 pitches in the one inning, which took a lot out of him," Astros manager A.J. Hinch said after the game, per MLB.com. "When I hit for him in a National League game, he was pretty tired. Again, he threw well and certainly early in the game looked like he was in total control. It was a nice win."

The no-decision was the first time this season McHugh (3-0) failed to record a win for his efforts.

"All four of those guys with two outs [in the fifth], I had two strikes on," he said. "So it's real frustrating not to be able to make that big pitch when you need it. I'm used to being able to, at least the last little bit, being able to make those pitches."

His next projected start will be Saturday against the Mariners.


Astros starter Collin McHugh improves to 3-0 with win Tuesday


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/22/2015) Astros starter Collin McHugh (3-0) gave up three runs on seven hits in seven innings Tuesday to defeat the Mariners.

McHugh struck out three and now has 18 punchouts in 18 2/3 innings.

McHugh has now won 10 straight decisions.

McHugh's next start is set for Monday in San Diego.


Astros starter McHugh returns Tuesday to site of 2014 triumphs


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/21/2015) Astros right-hander Collin McHugh will have pleasant memories arriving at Safeco Field for his Tuesday night start against Seattle.

McHugh was lights-out in two starts against the Mariners on the road a year ago. He pitched 6 2/3 shutout innings in his first outing with 12 strikeouts, then yielded just one run on two hits in eight innings later in the season. He won both.

Added to the overall start to his 2015 season and matchup against struggling Seattle starter Taijuan Walker, there should be plenty of optimism. McHugh is 2-0 with a 1.54 ERA and 15 strikeouts in 11 2/3 innings.


Protective headgear provides peace of mind to Astros' Collin McHugh


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(4/21/2015) Although Astros pitcher Collin McHugh has never been hit in the head by a line drive off the bat of an opposing hitter, he said the protective pad he wears inside his hat helps ease his mind, reports MLB.com.

"It covers that spot [that's exposed] when you rotate," McHugh said. "It's hard to get the glove back up there, and the vast majority of injuries happen on that side. Hopefully, I'll never have to see if it works or not. I think it's a great product and something I'll probably never stop wearing."

Despite never being hit in the head, McHugh said it's nice having some form of protection on his head.

"You try not to think about it," he said. "Having something in place just in case is a nice little reassurance. If you get hit in the head, it's never going to be a pleasant experience. If it's the difference in going to the hospital or not, I'll take my chances [and use the pad]."


Astros' Collin McHugh strikes out 11 in win vs. A's


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/16/2015) Astros pitcher Collin McHugh allowed one earned run on six hits in 5 2/3 innings while striking out 11 in his team's 6-1 win over the A's Wednesday.

McHugh (2-0) hadn't racked up double-digit strikeouts in a start since doing so in his season debut last April nearly one full year ago. He struck out the side in the first inning Wednesday and was able to limit the A's to one run in the second despite surrendering four hits in the frame. He struck out six batters in an eight-man stretch to push his total up to 11 strikeouts before the end of the fifth inning.

"He had really good stuff tonight, all pitches across the board," manager A.J. Hinch said after the game, per MLB.com. "He came out with his fastball, his breaking ball and obviously set the tone in the first inning when he punched out the side. It's a really, really good performance out of him. Obviously, the pitch count went up and I wasn't going to go extremely far with him, but really good to see that kind of pitching performance out of Collin."

McHugh will look to keep rolling Tuesday against the Mariners in Seattle.


Astros P Collin McHugh strikes out 4 in 6 innings


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/10/2015) Astros pitcher Collin McHugh gave up one earned run in Friday afternoon's 5-1 win over the Rangers. 

McHugh gave up five hits, struck out four batters and walked two. His pitch count totaled 85. McHugh pitched five scoreless innings before giving up a run on a fielders' choice bunt from Astros outfielder Delino DeShields Jr. 

"My fastball command was kind of a little touch-and-go early," McHugh said, via MLB.com. "But to be able to get back in counts was big, especially when the guys in their lineup like Beltre, Prince [Fielder], some guys who can do some damage when they get a count in their favor. It was important to work back and kind of battle."

McHugh is slated for his next start to be on April 15 against the Athletics. 


Astros finalize rotation plans for start of season


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/1/2015) Astros manager A.J. Hinch told reporters his rotation will line up with Dallas Keuchel on Opening Day against Indians, followed by Scott Feldman on Wednesday and Asher Wojciechowski on Thursday. Collin McHugh will open a three-game set at Texas on Friday, followed by Roberto Hernandez on Saturday, per the Houston Chronicle.

Astros SP Collin McHugh records seven strikeouts Tuesday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/24/2015) Astros starting pitcher Collin McHugh racked up seven strikeouts in five innings during Tuesday's spring game against the Mets. He allowed three runs (two earned) on two hits and one walk.

McHugh gave up a two-run homer to David Wright in the third inning. He now has 4.96 ERA and 19 strikeouts in 16 1/3 innings.

"I wanted to get the pitch count up," McHugh said to MLB.com. "We got up over 75 pitches, which is good. I probably have one more start -- maybe one of the exhibition games [in Houston] -- to get back up to that 100 plateau by the time the season starts. Getting five innings under my belt, getting through a lineup 2 1/2 times were all things I haven't done yet this spring. It's a good progression so far."


Astros' McHugh allows two solo HRs in second spring loss


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/19/2015) Astros starting pitcher Collin McHugh allowed just two runs in four innings Thursday against the Mets, but he still dropped to 0-2 during a 3-1 loss. McHugh allowed four hits and no walks, while striking out three.

McHugh, who threw 43 of 62 pitches for strikes, gave up solo home runs to Michael Cuddyer in the second inning and Curtis Granderson in the fourth inning.

“I feel much better today,” McHugh said, per the Houston Chronicle. “I feel like all my pitches were there to an extent. I did some good things out there today.

“I worked on my breaking ball, got it a little bit tighter, a little bit sharper at times and was able to execute some pitches that I’ve had trouble with earlier in the spring. We’re working our way toward the season, definitely making some good changes and getting some momentum.”

McHugh has a 5.56 ERA through four spring starts. He has 12 strikeouts in 11 1/3 innings.

“I feel like I’m getting a little bit better, working on refining things a little bit more each outing,” he said. “I think with two or three more outings left to go I think we’re making good progress. …

“When you got out and you’re pumping the zone full of strikes with all your pitches you got to feel good about it. That’s what we’re doing today. That’s what we’re working on.”


Astros' Hinch announces rotation plans for Feldman, McHugh


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/18/2015) Astros manager A.J. Hinch said Wednesday starting pitcher Scott Feldman will start the second game of the season on April 8 against the Indians, per the Houston Chronicle. He also added Collin McHugh will also start the third or fourth game.

“Feldman’s lined up to pitch right behind (Dallas) Keuchel, which is good,” Hinch said. “And then somewhere in the third or fourth game you’ll see Collin McHugh. We got to sort out some health (issues) and some competition for the other guys.

"I caution lining it too perfectly too early just because a lot of things can happen, but Keuchel one, Feldman two is a good lineup.”


Astros SP Collin McHugh happy with fast start to spring schedule


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/9/2015) Astros starting pitcher Collin McHugh had another strong spring outing Monday against the Blue Jays. After tossing two scoreless innings in his spring debut, McHugh bounced back for three more scoreless innings Monday.

The right-handed allowed three hits and one walk, while striking out three. He has six strikeouts through five spring innings.

“If you’ve seen my spring training numbers, you would know that’s not the (typical) case,” McHugh said, per the Houston Chronicle. “I’m usually a very slow starter. It’s good to get a couple of solid outings under my belt.

“Better than expected. The body gets a little bit tired (sometimes in spring). You’ve gone at it every day in spring training. To recover as well as I did and on one less day rest than usual, even though I only threw two innings last time -- it feels good to get back in the swing of things.”


Astros' McHugh strikes out three in two innings during spring debut


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/5/2015) Astros starting pitcher Collin McHugh was oustanding in his spring debut Thursday against the Phillies. The right-hander tossed two scoreless innings, allowing just one walk.

He also had strikeouts of Domonic Brown, Cody Asche and Aaron Altherr.

“I think there are a couple things that I want to do,” McHugh said, per the Houston Chronicle. “Obviously, I’d like to develop my changeup a little bit more, figure out where to throw it in counts a little bit better. But overall, just kind of you work through your routine.

“Then, whatever the game kind of throws at you, you make adjustments as you need to. Today I threw a more cutters ’cause they had four lefties in there in the first six hitters. If they had more righties, I’d probably throw more curveballs. You see what the lineup gives you and you go from there.”


Astros leaning toward Collin McHugh to open spring training


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(3/1/2015) The Astros are leaning toward pitcher Collin McHugh as their starter for the opening of spring training, reports The Houston Chronicle.

"It's trending toward Collin McHugh starting that first game and getting our pitching lined up," Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. "Everybody should pitch in the next four or five games, so [pitching coach Brent Strom] and I are putting that list together. He's got another live BP, so that's why I hesitate to put it in pen. But right now we're planning on seeing him early."

However, Hinch indicated the starter for Opening Day has not been determined.

"Truthfully, I mean, that and even who throws game one of the regular season — game one of the regular season's a little more kind of like a nod to more what you did in the past year, usually," he said. "But, yeah, all five of us are going to get a chance somewhere through the rotation. It's just where we fall."