Hisashi Iwakuma, Seattle Mariners (2-2, 4.10 ERA)
The Japanese product is settling into his role as a starter, allowing only four earned runs in his last 19 innings of work. He’s 1-0 in that three-game span and coming off his best performance as a starter, giving up one run on four hits while striking out 13 batters in a win over Toronto Monday.
A.J. Burnett, Pittsburgh Pirates (13-3, 3.27 ERA)
Burnett continues to enjoy a career resurgence in the Steel City, bringing a three-game winning streak into Sunday’s start in Cincinnati. The righty has proved he can win on the road as well, with his last two victories coming away from Pittsburgh. Burnett allowed only two runs on five hits with 13 Ks over 16 1-3 innings in those starts, dropping his road ERA to 4.79 – compared to just 2.00 at home.
Kyle Lohse, St. Louis Cardinals (11-2, 2.91 ERA)
Lohse’s efforts this season are making Cardinals fans forget all about Chris Carpenter. The right-hander brings a 5-0 record in his last seven into a Sunday Night Baseball matchup with the Brewers. His last start wasn’t pretty, allowing five runs in the thin air of Coors Field, but he earned the “W” and recorded 10 straight quality starts before Tuesday’s 11-6 win over the Rockies.
Ricky Nolasco, Miami Marlins (8-10, 4.90 ERA)
The Marlins righty has lost four straight starts and has just two wins since June 8. Nolasco has been beat up in his most recent efforts, allowing 18 runs in his previous 21 2-3 innings of “work” heading into Sunday’s showdown with Nationals ace Stephen Strasburg. While Nolasco hasn’t been sharp in those losses, Miami has provided a total of only five runs of support in his previous four starts.