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2022 Pitching

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Walks and Hits Allowed Per Inning
Regular Season 2 3 3.12 68 21 1.09

Top Brandon Hughes News

  • Cubs' Brandon Hughes: Locks down eighth save

    Hughes retired the final out of Saturday's win over the Reds via strikeout to earn the save.

    Manuel Rodriguez started the ninth inning for the Cubs, but the team turned to the lefty Hughes to face left-handed pinch hitter TJ Friedl, who he retired on three pitches to earn his eighth save of the year. Rodriguez, however, has seemingly emerged as the team's preferred closing option with a few days left in the season. Both players could be in the mix for saves heading into 2023, depending on what Chicago does in the offseason.

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  • Cubs' Brandon Hughes: Picks up hold

    Hughes allowed a hit and a walk in a scoreless inning as the Cubs defeated the Phillies, 2-1 on Tuesday.

    After converting the Cubs' last save opportunity in his last outing, Hughes was called upon to protect a 2-1 lead in the eighth inning Tuesday. He recorded a lineout followed by a walk and a double play to retire the Phillies but was pulled after allowing a leadoff single in the ninth inning. Manuel Rodriguez quickly recorded three outs to end the game and earn Hughes his seventh hold. Since the team traded David Robertson on Aug. 2, manager David Ross has followed somewhat of a closer-by-committee approach, leading to Hughes recording four saves and four holds in the month of September.

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  • Cubs' Brandon Hughes: Earns seventh save

    Hughes (ankle) picked up the save Sunday in Pittsburgh, retiring the only batter he faced in an 8-3 win.

    Hughes entered the game with two outs and the bases loaded and got Diego Castillo to line out to end the game. It was his seventh save of the season and fourth since Sept. 9. The lefty was removed from Thursday's game after he rolled his ankle but was healthy enough to pitch Sunday after not being used the last two nights. He's likely to have save opportunities down the stretch, but the Cubs may also use him in high-leverage situations earlier in ballgames.

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  • Cubs' Brandon Hughes: Tweaks ankle Thursday

    Hughes exited Thursday's win over the Pirates after he rolled his ankle, Maddie Lee of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

    The 26-year-old retired only one of the four batters he faced and allowed a hit and two walks before he exited with the injury. Manager David Ross said he believes Hughes is "going to be fine," though the left-hander figures to be unavailable for at least a day or two.

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  • Cubs' Brandon Hughes: Nails down sixth save

    Hughes gave up a hit and struck out one in a scoreless ninth inning Tuesday to record his sixth save of the season in a 2-1 win over the Marlins.

    The rookie southpaw continues to look fairly comfortable in a high-leverage role. Over his last 16 appearances, Hughes has picked up a win, three holds and all six of his saves while posting a 3.18 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and 17:4 K:BB through 17 innings.

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  • Cubs' Brandon Hughes: Registers save Monday

    Hughes allowed one run on one hit across 1.2 innings and earned the save in Monday's 5-2 win over the Mets.

    Hughes recorded the final two outs of the eighth inning before also working the ninth. The lefty allowed a solo home run to Francisco Lindor but rebounded to retire Jeff McNeil to end the game. Hughes now has five saves and a solid 3.24 ERA this season across 50 innings, and he's struck out 61 batters. He should continue to see save chances for the Cubs along with righty Rowan Wick, depending on matchups.

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  • Cubs' Brandon Hughes: Notches fourth save

    Hughes allowed one hit and struck out one over 1.1 scoreless innings while earning a save against the Giants.

    Hughes tossed 14 of 21 pitches for strikes to pick up his first save since Aug. 23. He lowered his season ERA to 3.17 alongside a 61:16 K:BB through 46 appearances in his rookie campaign. The 26-year-old southpaw has now converted four of his eight save chances.

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  • Cubs' Brandon Hughes: Takes second loss

    Hughes (2-2) allowed two runs on two hits while retiring just two batters Sunday to take the loss against the Cardinals.

    Coming on in relief for Marcus Stroman, who pitched seven scoreless innings, Hughes quickly let St. Louis get ahead. A one-out double by Tommy Edman was followed by an Albert Pujols two-run home run, and the Cardinals made the 2-0 margin hold up. Hughes now has a 3.72 ERA, 0.93 WHIP and 11.2 K/9 over his last 10 games, so he's pitched pretty well outside of the tough outing Sunday. He should continue to split closing duties with Rowan Wick.

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  • Cubs' Brandon Hughes: Picks up third save

    Hughes earned the save in Game 1 of Tuesday's doubleheader against St. Louis, striking out one in a perfect ninth inning in a 2-0 victory.

    Hughes needed just eight pitches to retire the side in order and collect his third save in the last week. The rookie has received the last three ninth-inning save opportunities for the Cubs after Rowan Wick received the bulk of the opportunities after the trade deadline. Hughes has a 2.20 ERA, 0.80 WHIP, and 19:4 K:BB in 16.1 innings since the All-Star break. It appears as if the lefty and Wick will split the closing duties for Chicago for the time being.

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  • Cubs' Brandon Hughes: Notches second save

    Hughes gave up a hit in a scoreless ninth inning Friday to record his second save of the season in an 8-7 win over the Brewers. He didn't walk or strike out a batter.

    The 26-year-old moved into a high-leverage role this month, and Hughes has picked up saves in two straight appearances. Rowan Wick had worked in back-to-back games when Hughes got his first save Thursday, but Wick was the more rested pitcher Friday, so the fact that Milwaukee had Christian Yelich and Rowdy Tellez due up in the ninth in this one likely played into manager David Ross' thinking when he called for the lefty. Hughes has better overall numbers on the season as well with a 2.95 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and 49:13 K:BB through 39.2 innings, so this looks like a closer tandem for now, and he could even take over the job completely from Wick if the latter stumbles.

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  • Cubs' Brandon Hughes: Collects first save

    Hughes allowed one hit in a scoreless ninth inning to earn the save Thursday against the Orioles.

    Rowan Wick pitched on consecutive days entering Thursday's game and was likely unavailable, which gave Hughes an opportunity in the ninth inning. Though the tying reached scoring position -- Zach McKinstry committed an error in addition to the hit surrendered -- Hughes got Cedric Mullins to line into a game-ending double play to tally his first career save. Wick appears to have a clear grip on the closer role for the Cubs, but Hughes has been excellent across 38.2 innings this season by maintaining a 3.03 ERA and 49:13 K:BB.

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  • Cubs' Brandon Hughes: Thriving since July 1

    Hughes has collected one win while providing an 0.69 ERA, 0.77 WHIP and 15:3 K:BB in 13 innings over his 14 appearances out of the Cubs bullpen since July 1.

    Though Hughes hasn't yet been asked to handle a high-leverage role out of the bullpen, that could be in the forecast for the left-hander in the aftermath of Tuesday's trade deadline, which saw the Cubs ship out closer David Robertson and key setup men Scott Effross, Mychal Givens and Chris Martin. Manager David Ross hasn't outlined his plans for the bullpen since the deadline, and no save chances have opened up over the Cubs' last six games, but Hughes' recent form makes him a candidate to at least factor into the late-inning mix. Rowan Wick, who has recorded 15 career saves and has turned in eight straight scoreless appearances, is the likely the Cubs' top choice to handle closing duties if Ross doesn't choose to take a committee approach.

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  • Cubs' Brandon Hughes: Earns first MLB win

    Hughes (1-0) worked around two hits and a walk to pitch a scoreless inning of relief and earn the win Friday against the Red Sox. He struck out two.

    Appearing in his 16th game at the MLB level, Hughes earned his first win, though he didn't make it easy. Coming on with one on and one out in the sixth, he struck out the first hitter he faced, but then allowed a single and a walk to load the bases. Another single brought home an inherited runner to make it 5-3 Boston, but a play at the plate prevented any more damage. The Cubs then rallied to score three in the bottom of the inning to set Hughes up for the win. The lefty has a 4.26 ERA and 1.37 WHIP across 19 innings this year and should remain in a middle relief role for now.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-2, 215 lbs
Birthplace: Sterling Heights, MI
Age: 27
Experience: R
Bats/Throws: S, L