“A lot of people gave some really good advice and said, ‘You’re going to be nervous, just contain those [nerves] and go out and do your thing,’ " McHugh said after the game.
McHugh retired final ten batters he faced, and his nine strikeouts are the second most by a Met making his debut - Matt Harvey struck out 11 in his debut on July 26.
“The breaking ball which they told me was really good, is really good,” Terry Collins told reporters after the game. “The command of his fastball, on both sides of the plate, was outstanding. I was very impressed."
As Collins said, McHugh had an awesome curveball yesterday. He had great 12-6 action on that pitch and it was heavy on the corners to both sides of the plate. But his ability to get ahead while using all of his pitches made it all the more effective. He deserved his first big league win yesterday, but unfortunately, his team around him did not play to the level McHugh was pitching to.
The most impressive part about McHugh's effort was his poise. That was unexpected considering it was his first big league outing. But he looked like he knew what he was doing, had a plan and stuck to it throughout his outing. Yeah, the Rockies don't have the most intimidating lineup in the league, but McHugh still needs to remain composed and execute his game plan - he did so successfully. It was also neat to see his parents embrace after McHugh recorded his final out in the seventh inning - that had to have been an emotional experience for them.