Major league pitchers have enough starts under their belts to pick out which arms are streaking and slumping to start the season. Each day we’ll look at the hottest and coldest pitchers taking the mound.
Matt Harvey, New York Mets (3-0, 0.82 ERA)
Mets vs. Washington Nationals (Stephen Strasburg, 1-2, 2.95 ERA)
Harvery showed potential in his ten starts for the Metropolitans last season starting late in July. He had a 2.73 ERA in 59 1/3 innings pitched and gave up more than two earned runs twice. Harvey has been even better in 2013, giving up only two earned runs and striking out 25 batters in three starts.
Jhoulys Chacin, Colorado Rockies (2-0, 1.96 ERA)
Rockies vs. Arizona Diamondbacks (Ian Kennedy, 1-1, 5.79 ERA)
Chacin made only 14 starts in 2012 after being sidelined with a pectoral muscle injury. He looks like a new man early in 2013, giving up four earned runs and 13 hits in three starts.
Vance Worley, Minnesota Twins (0-2, 10.50 ERA)
Twins at Chicago White Sox (Jake Peavy, 2-1, 3.93 ERA)
Worley's introduction to the American League has not been easy for the former Philadelphia starter. In his last start against the Mets, he was yanked in the second after giving up seven earned runs as the Twins lost 16-5.
Edison Volquez, San Diego Padres (0-3, 11.68)
Padres at San Francisco Giants (Madison Bumgarner, 3-0, 1.77 ERA)
Volquez has made it past the fourth inning only once in his three starts, and has given up 16 earned runs, walked 7 batters. The Padres have been whooped 11-2, 9-1 and 9-5, in his three starts, respectively.