Minnesota Twins starter Phil Hughes struggled out of the gate and found himself 0-4 with a 4.55 ERA by the end of April. After coming off a career year in 2014, Hughes looked like just a shell of the pitcher that the franchise handed a hefty contract extension to in the offseason.

Fast forward to the present day and Hughes looks to be back! He tossed his second straight eight inning, one run gem on his 29th birthday yesterday. Hughes is now 6-2 since April ended and is now a force at the top of a surprisingly good Twins rotation.

Hughes’ back-to-back gems had him dominating the City of Chicago. On June 19th he took to hill at Target Field to take on the Chicago Cubs and lead the charge in a dominating 7-2 victory, allowing just two hits in the process. Against the Chicago White Sox yesterday, it was almost the same stat line as Minnesota cruised to a 6-1 win over their division rivals at home.

The Twins entered June with the best record in the American League, but their success story has seemingly hit a bump in the road with a shaky month. Hughes’ emergence gives Minnesota a reason to hope that sticking around is still a possibility.

Even with a struggling offense, Hughes will give his team a chance to win every time he takes the mound and teammates Trevor May and Mike Pelfrey have been doing the exact same thing recently. Even soft tossing lefty Tommy Milone has looked very good since he was promoted from Triple-A at the beginning of the month. With an already strong rotation, help is on the way. The suspended Ervin Santana looked very strong in his first rehab start of the year and will be eligible to pitch around the Fourth of July.

 

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James B. Terry

James B. Terry joined Baseball Essential as a Minnesota Twins writer in January 2015 after many years in sports media. In 2012 he co-founded BTSD Sports, a multimedia blog covering Boston sports. Terry was also a radio broadcaster for the 2013 Franklin Pierce University baseball team that advanced to the NCAA Division II College World Series. He became a member of the Internet Baseball Writers Association of America in June 2015.

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