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.
Paul Maholm, Atlanta Braves (3-0, 0.00 ERA)
Maholm hasn’t allowed a run through three starts and has racked up 20 strikeouts in 20 1/3 innings. The Braves have been providing plenty of run support for the southpaw, outscoring the opposition 20-2 in his starts to date.
Ervin Santana, Kansas City Royals (1-1, 2.45 ERA)
The hard-throwing righty has gone eight innings in each of his last two starts, while only being touched up for two earned runs in the process. The Royals have played under the total in each of this three outings.
Mark Buehrle, Toronto Blue Jays (1-0, 7.31 ERA)
The soft-tossing lefty earned his first win as a Blue Jay last time out but surrendered two earned runs on nine hits. The veteran southpaw carries a hefty 7.31 ERA and 1.75 WHIP into his next start against the Yankees.
Jarrod Parker, Oakland Athletics (0-2, 10.80)
Parker was lit up for eight earned runs in 3 1/3 innings last time out against the Tigers. The right-hander hasn't survived more than five innings in each of his three starts and has been touched up for 19 hits in just 11 2/3 innings pitched.