Jason Hammel, Baltimore Orioles
3-1, 1.97 ERA
The 29-year-old right-hander has a WHIP of 1.03 and is holding batters to a .200 average. He has gone at least six innings in four of his five starts. Dating back to last season, Hammel has allowed two or fewer earned runs in six straight starts. When he faces the Red Sox at Fenway on Saturday, he needs to be especially careful with David Ortiz, who is 6-for-10 lifetime against Hammel.
Madison Bumgarner, San Francisco Giants
4-1, 2.53 ERA
Bumgarner, who didn’t get his first win last year until May 19, goes for his fifth Saturday at home against the Brewers. The young, hard-throwing lefty has gone at least six innings in four straight starts, allowing a total of five earned runs in that span. Ryan Braun is 4-for-10 against Bumgarner in his career, with two doubles and a homer.
Max Scherzer, Detroit Tigers
1-3, 7.77 ERA
After walking seven Yankees in 4 2/3 innings last time out, Scherzer and pitching coach Jeff Jones said they had detected a flaw in his mechanic and would fix it in bullpen sessions. We’ll believe it when we see it. The league is hitting .356 against the 27-year-old right-hander, and his WHIP is a hard-to-believe 2.05. Scherzer gets the White Sox on Saturday.
Clayton Richard, San Diego Padres
1-3, 5.12 ERA
The 28-year-old lefty has served up five homers in five starts, and has nearly as many walks (13) as strikeouts (17). He’s given up at least four earned runs in three of his last four starts. Current Marlins are 5-for-13 against him with a .615 slugging percentage. On the plus side, he’s been far better at home than on the road.