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.
Doug Fister, Detroit Tigers (3-0, 2.70 ERA)
Fister tossed seven strong innings last time out against the Seattle Mariners to pick up his third win in as many starts. But bettors beware: The righty is 0-2 with a 6.94 ERA and 1.80 WHIP in 11 2/3 career innings at Angel Stadium.
Kris Medlen, Atlanta Braves (1-1, 1.42 ERA)
Medlen is picking up right where he left off last season. The right-hander threw 73 of his 98 pitches for strikes in his last start against the Kansas City Royals and is commanding both sides of the plate. Medlen is the owner of a sparkling 1.94 ERA in 21 career appearances in April.
Ubaldo Jimenez, Cleveland Indians (0-2, 11.25 ERA)
Jimenez has been rocked in back-to-back starts for seven earned runs. The righty has struggled with his control early on, walking eight batters in his last six innings pitched. Jimenez owns a career 1.88 ERA against the Astros – his best mark against any major league club.
Dillon Gee, New York Mets (0-3, 8.36 ERA)
Gee has traditionally pitched poor in cold weather because his “fingertips get numb in cold weather.” Temperatures are expected to be in the high-40s for first pitch at Citi Field and he has been rocked in his two previous starts at cold April venues (Philadelphia, Colorado).