Two starters on bad teams are pitching very well and could generate good profit for those looking for a live underdog.
Here's a look at Monday's streaking and slumping starters:
Lucas Harrell, Houston Astros (2-2, 4.08 ERA)
Don't let Harrell's numbers fool you. His stats are skewed because of a horrendous outing against Oakland on April 7, when he gave up eight earned runs in 4 1/3 innings. In his four other starts, Harrell has given up five earned runs and only two home runs. The Astros have won their last two with Harrell on the mound.
Jeff Samardzija, Chicago Cubs (1-4, 3.03 ERA)
Samardzija is another guy who is pitching gems without getting wins. The Cubs have lost all of his last four starts. But Samardzija has given up only 11 earned runs in his five starts, has struck out an average of 7.8 batters per game, and walked only 10 opponents. The under is 4-1 in his starts.
Mike Pelfrey, Minnesota Twins (2-2, 7.94 ERA)
Pelfrey is struggling in his first month in the American League. In his last three starts, Pelfrey's been rocked for an 11.57 ERA and has only five strikeouts. The over is 4-0 in Pelftey's outings.
Matt Cain, San Francisco Giants (0-2, 6.33 ERA)
Cain looks nothing like the pitcher that had a 3.60 ERA in the 2012 playoffs, pacing the Giants to the World Series. He has given up at least one home run in each of his last three starts, and has made it to the seventh inning once. San Francisco is 0-5 in Cain's starts.