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31 Collin McHugh SP
Height/Weight: 6-2/195 | Birthdate: 6/19/1987 | Birthplace: Naperville, IN | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Houston | College: None | MLB Experience: 3 | Owned/Started%: 49/12 | Average Draft Position: 212.83
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Collin McHugh pushes bullpen session to Friday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/10/2014) Astros starting pitcher Collin McHugh (finger) has pushed back his bullpen session to Friday, which indicates he will not pitch Saturday against the Red Sox, according to The Houston Chronicle. However, McHugh still could be an option to start Sunday.

Collin McHugh to be re-evaluated Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/9/2014) Astros pitcher Collin McHugh will be re-evaluated Thursday, according to MLB.com.

McHugh is slated to throw bullpen session Thursday. That session will determine whether McHugh will make his Saturday start against the Red Sox. McHugh was pulled from Sunday's start after just four innings due to a finger injury. Manager Bo Porter said the club would wait until after the bullpen session to make a ruling on the start.


Collin McHugh scheduled for Wednesday bullpen session


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/8/2014) Astros pitcher Collin McHugh is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Wednesday, the Houston Chronicle reports.

McHugh was removed from Sunday's start after just four innings due to a finger injury, which was termed a "right middle fingernal avulsion," with his fingernail being pulled away from the skin of his finger. His status for Saturday's scheduled start is up in the air until he has a chance to pitch Wednesday.


Collin McHugh shooting himself in the foot


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/7/2014) If not for a dominant start June 25 against the Braves in which he recorded nine strikeouts in seven innings, Collin McHugh probably wouldn't be owned in 54 percent of leagues. While his overall numbers still look good, he hasn't had anything else to hang his hat on since early June. Over his last six starts, he has a 4.45 ERA, 1.33 WHIP and -- here's the killer -- 5.3 walks per nine innings.

Still more than a strikeout per inning, but the Braves are partially to credit for that. They strike out against everybody. Plus, the strikeouts work with the walks to drive up McHugh's pitch count, limiting his quality starts and leaving the bullpen to pick up his victories -- that is, when he pitches well enough to put it in position to do so.

Of course, a six-start trend doesn't condemn a pitcher to being a certain way forever and ever, but for a pitcher who came out of nowhere like McHugh did this year, it's reason for suspicion.

The odds are against him making a significant Fantasy impact pitching for the Astros anyway, so you might want to look into other options.


Collin McHugh leaves with finger problem


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/6/2014) Astros starter Collin McHugh left Sunday's game against the Angels after four innings due to a finger injury. The team said McHugh suffered a "right middle fingernail avulsion," adding the fingernail was "pulled away from the skin."

McHugh allowed four hits and three runs, two earned, as his ERA rose to 3.28. He struck out four and walked two.


Collin McHugh victimized by three home runs in loss Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/30/2014) Astros pitcher Collin McHugh was saddled with a loss Monday, giving up five earned runs on five hits and four walks in six innings while striking out eight in his team's 10-4 defeat against the Mariners.

McHugh (4-7) had been stingy with the long ball coming into Monday's start, giving up five home runs in 72 1/3 innings, but he surrendered three home runs in his loss, with all five runs scoring on the homers. Despite taking four straight losses, the pitcher still owns a 3.22 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and 89:31 K:BB ratio in 78 1/3 innings. McHugh is scheduled to face the Angels Saturday.


Collin McHugh strikes out nine in loss vs. Braves


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/25/2014) Astros pitcher Collin McHugh took a loss Wednesday after surrendering three earned runs on just three hits and two walks in seven innings and striking out nine in his team's 4-0 defeat against the Braves.

McHugh (4-6) made it through six innings having given up just one run on a sacrifice fly, but the Braves were able to score two more on a home run in the seventh. The Houston pitcher's offense was unable to pick up the slack, but McHugh has surrendered three earned runs or fewer in seven straight starts. He owns a 2.86 ERA, 1.05 WHIP and 81:27 K:BB ratio in 72 1/3 innings. McHugh is schedule to square off with the Mariners Monday.


Collin McHugh pegged with tough-luck loss


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/20/2014) Astros pitcher Collin McHugh was pegged with a tough-luck loss Thursday night against the Rays in Tampa. The right-hander yielded only two unearned runs on four hits and three walks while striking out six over six innings of a 5-0 defeat.

McHugh has not allowed an earned run in three of his last five starts. He owns a 2.76 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP in 11 starts (65 1/3 innings). He will look to get back in the win column Wednesday at home against Atlanta.

Collin McHugh gets roughed up in loss to Rays


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/13/2014) Astros pitcher Collin McHugh was roughed up by the Rays on Friday, dropping to to 4-4 on the year. The right-hander, who was dealing with a blister earlier this week, permitted four runs -- three earned -- on five hits and three walks while striking out six over five innings of a 4-1 defeat.

Over his last two starts covering 9 1/3 innings, McHugh has allowed six earned runs. He owns a 3.03 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP through 10 starts (59 1/3 innings). He will make his next start Thursday at Tampa Bay.

Collin McHugh dealing with blister issue


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/10/2014) Astros pitcher Collin McHugh said Tuesday that the blister on the middle finger of his throwing hand is progressing, the Houston Chronicle reports.

"It affects feel more than anything," McHugh said. "For some guys, feel’s a bigger deal. For me it’s kind of a big deal, just kind of trying to let (the ball) go."

McHugh should be fine for his scheduled start Friday.


Collin McHugh settles for no-decision Sunday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/8/2014) Astros pitcher Collin McHugh did not pitch well on Sunday against the Twins, but managed to escape with a no-decision in his team's 15-5 win. The right-hander surrendered three earned runs on three hits and five walks while striking out six in 4 1/3 innings of work.

Over his last three starts covering 16 1/3 innings, McHugh has allowed three earned runs. He owns a 2.82 ERA and a 1.03 WHIP through nine starts (54 1/3 innings). He will look to get back on track Friday at home against Tampa Bay.

Collin McHugh makes statement in win


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/4/2014) Prior to his last start, I wrote I had come around to Collin McHugh, but even then, I expressed concern that the element of surprise might be having some say in his success, pointing out that the only team to rough him up (Seattle) was the only one to face him a second time.

That changed in Tuesday's start, his second against the Angels, who he had faced just two weeks prior. After limiting them to two runs in seven innings May 21, he shut them out over five Tuesday, giving up just two hits with two walks and four strikeouts.

Clearly, there's something to the arsenal change he made this season, abandoning a pitch-to-countact sinkerball approach for a power fastball-slider combo. He's striking out more than a batter per inning and hasn't had any real control issues.

Frankly, I don't know what more we need to see.


Collin McHugh tosses five scoreless innings in win Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/3/2014) Astros pitcher Collin McHugh earned a win Tuesday, giving up two hits and two walks in five scoreless innings while striking out four in his team's 7-2 win over the Angels.

McHugh (4-3) delivered excellent numbers overall, but he labored through too many batters early in the game, exiting after just five innings due to having already thrown 97 pitches. He owns a 2.52 ERA and 54:14 K:BB ratio in 50 innings after posting back-to-back scoreless outings. McHugh is slated to square off with the Twins Sunday.


Time to give Collin McHugh his due


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/28/2014) I've been quick to dismiss Collin McHugh during this latest stint in the big leagues even though the results have been dramatically different from previous stints.

I get why they're different. He's a completely different pitcher now, emphasizing his fastball and slider with more of a swing-and-miss mentality than he had as a sinkerballer. Still, with so little to show for himself in either the majors or minors, I figured this new version of McHugh was simply taking the league by surprise and that the word would be out soon enough.

Seven starts in, the word still isn't out. In fact, he had one of his best starts yet Tuesday, recording nine strikeouts in seven shutout innings against a Royals team that doesn't normally strike out much.

I remain skeptical given his lack of track record, poor pedigree and fact that his worst start came against the only team he's faced more than once (Seattle), but there's a difference between being skeptical and being obstinant.

My newest ranking for McHugh -- 85th among starting pitchers in Head-to-Head points leagues -- gives credit where credit is due.


Collin McHugh twirls seven scoreless innings vs. Royals


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/27/2014) Astros pitcher Collin McHugh was dominant in his win Tuesday, giving up five hits in seven scoreless innings while striking out nine and walking none in his team's 3-0 victory over the Royals.

McHugh (3-3) has pitched well in a majority of his seven starts, but he was 0-3 in four May starts before securing a win Tuesday. He owns a 2.80 ERA and sparkling 50:12 K:BB ratio in 45 innings. McHugh is on track to face the Orioles Sunday.


Astros make some tweaks to starting rotation


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/24/2014) The Astros made some changes to the rotation following Friday's loss to the Mariners in Seattle, according to the Houston Chronicle.

The team recalled pitcher Brett Oberholtzer from Triple-A Oklahoma City, who will take the hill Saturday against Seattle. The rest of the rotation will be pushed back one day, giving the other starters normal rest. Dallas Keuchel will start Sunday while Scott Feldman will start Memorial Day Monday against Kansas City, followed by Collin McHugh and Jarred Cosart.

Collin McHugh strikes out seven in quality start vs. Angels


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/22/2014) Astros pitcher Collin McHugh was the hard-luck loser Wednesday, giving up just two earned runs on four hits and two walks in seven innings while striking out seven in his team's 2-1 loss to the Angels.

McHugh (2-3) gave up a home run for the third straight start Wednesday, and it was the difference-maker, as Albert Pujols' solo shot in the sixth inning gave the Angels the lead for good. McHugh owns a 3.32 ERA and 41:12 K:BB ratio in 38 innings. He's scheduled to face the Royals Monday.


Collin McHugh Ks seven in losing effort


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/17/2014) Astros pitcher Collin McHugh was pegged with his second loss of the season Friday night at home against the White Sox.

McHugh (2-2) made it through five shutout innings before serving up a three-run home run to Adam Dunn and a run-scoring single to Tyler Flowers in the sixth inning, which proved to be the difference. He yielded four runs on three hits and four walks while striking out seven in 5 1/3 innings of a 7-2 defeat.

Over his last three starts covering 15 2/3 innings, McHugh has allowed 11 earned runs. He will make his next start Wednesday against the Angels in Los Angeles.

Collin McHugh strikes out four in no-decision Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/10/2014) Astros pitcher Collin McHugh didn't factor into the decision Saturday after giving up two earned runs on seven hits and two walks in 6 1/3 innings and striking out four in his team's 5-4 loss to the Orioles.

McHugh made it through five scoreless innings before serving up a sixth-inning solo home run. The Orioles were able to tack on another run on a wild pitch in the seventh inning to even the game at 2-2. McHugh has performed very well in three of his four starts en route to a 2.81 ERA and 27:6 K:BB ratio in 25 2/3 innings. He's scheduled to face the White Sox Friday.


So much for Collin McHugh


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/5/2014) Well, that was fun while it lasted.

When Collin McHugh came up April 22 for his latest stint in the big leagues, this one with his third team, he caught the opposition by surprise. Instead of being the sinkerballer, pitch-to-contact type they had previously scouted, he was a power pitcher, piling up strikeouts with a fastball and slider.

But when he faced the Mariners Sunday, he didn't catch them by surprise. They had seen him once already and, therefore, knew what to expect. And just like that, Collin McHugh went back to being Collin McHugh, allowing six runs (five earned) on eight hits in five innings.

Particularly in mixed leagues, you shouldn't have any reservations about cutting him loose.


Collin McHugh takes step back in loss to M's


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/4/2014) Astros starting pitcher Collin McHugh took a step back on Sunday, suffering his first loss of the season in an 8-7 defeat at home to the Mariners.

McHugh (2-1), who nearly went the distance his last time out, lasted only four innings and was shelled for six runs -- five earned -- on eight hits and one walk while striking out four. He tossed 85 pitches, 58 for strikes, as his ERA now stands at 2.79 through three starts.

McHugh has a 23:4 K:BB ratio over 19 1/3 innings pitched to start the season. The 26-year-old will look to get back on track Friday at Baltimore.

Collin McHugh worth monitoring


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/1/2014) First thing's first: I don't believe in Collin McHugh. He's a 26-year-old journeyman who, based on his minor-league track record and the way he's been passed from organization to organization, profiles as little more than a spot starter in the big leagues. I feel confident saying four out of five Fantasy owners could do better than him off the waiver wire, and at least one out of two agree with me, given his 49 percent ownership rate.

But I have to admit something's different about him this time around.

You've already read about it if you've spent any time on his player page. According to Pitch F/X data, he's ditched the sinker and become more of a power pitcher, emphasizing his fastball and slider.

Maybe the change has simply caught teams by surprise -- both of his opponents so far have suggested as much -- but the results are noteworthy, particularly the hit and strikeout rates. And the pitch selection isn't all that's changed. He's also throwing his fastball harder than before, averaging 92.2 miles per hour on it, which is about on the level of Scott Kazmir and Francisco Liriano.

McHugh will be facing the Mariners for a second time this weekend, so the surprise factor will no longer apply. Let's see how he does without it.


Astros set rotation for weekend series


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/30/2014) The Astros announced the starting pitchers for this weekend's series against the Mariners, with Brad Peacock taking the mound Friday, followed by Dallas Keuchel Saturday and Collin McHugh Sunday.

Scott Feldman will throw a simulated game Sunday before the team decide where to insert him in the rotation, so all three probable starters this weekend will get at least one more shot to make a case to remain in the rotation.


Collin McHugh not the same pitcher he was this spring


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/28/2014) Astros starting pitcher Collin McHugh has been nothing short of outstanding in his first two starts. Astros pitching coach Brent Strom said McHugh isn't the same pitcher he saw this spring, per The Houston Chronicle.

"He's a different guy than I saw in spring," Strom said. "I didn't know much about him. He was sinking everything. Big sinker … trying to induce ground balls, and he was a high groundball pitcher."

McHugh has recorded 46 outs in his first two starts, but only six have come on groundballs. McHugh has been thriving thanks to his ability to work high up in the strike zone.

"The use of the four-seam fastball has been big for him, especially up in the zone, 'cause it sets up his bigger breaking ball and his little cutter," Strom said. "So he pitched to the plan really well and was very aggressive with this club (vs. Oakland). This is a very difficult team to pitch to because of their discipline, and he forced them to have to make decisions on pitches that looked alike."


Collin McHugh nearly goes the distance against A's


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/27/2014) Astros pitcher Collin McHugh dominated the Athletics on Sunday, scattering two hits and one runs in 8 2/3 innings for his second win.

McHugh (2-0) struck out seven and walked three. He threw 114 pitches, 73 for strikes. His ERA now stands at 0.59. Over his first two starts covering 15 1/3 innings, McHugh has allowed only one earned run.

Following the 5-1 home victory, McHugh will look to keep it going Sunday at home against Seattle.