Tuesday's streaking and slumping starting pitchers
Matt Cain, San Francisco Giants
1-0, 1.88 ERA
It’s hard to pitch better than the 27-year-old right-hander has in his last two outings. He’s thrown 18 scoreless innings while facing just three batters over the minimum. For the season, batters are hitting .114 against Cain, who gets the Reds on Tuesday.
Mike Minor, Atlanta Braves
2-1, 3.10 ERA
The 24-year-old lefty has allowed one run over his last 15 1/3 innings, and his strikeout-to-walk ratio this year is a sterling 19:5. The league is hitting .194 against him. Minor opened the spring by saying he’d prefer a trade if he wasn’t in the rotation. Now he’s backing up his words.
Ervin Santana, Los Angeles Angels
0-3, 6.75 ERA
Santana has been remarkably consistent – allowing two homers in each of his three starts. The 29-year-old right-hander did go seven innings in his last outing, but when the light-hitting A’s light you up for two dingers and four earned runs, it’s not something to be proud of.
Adam Wainwright, St. Louis Cardinals
0-3, 9.88 ERA
The former ace’s return from Tommy John surgery has not gone well. His velocity is down, and he’s surrendered five homers in 13 2/3 innings of work. Batters are hitting .310 against him. It’s too early to panic, but not to fade him.