Wednesday's streaking and slumping starting pitchers
Lance Lynn, St. Louis Cardinals (4-0, 1.33)
The only reason Lynn got a shot at a rotation spot is because of Chris Carpenter’s injury, but Cards bettors have to be happy with the early results. He was the first MLB pitcher to four wins and keeps hitters guessing with three different fastballs and two offspeed pitches. Lynn has 24 strikeouts and six walks in 27 innings.
James Shields, Tampa Bay Rays (4-0, 3.31)
By his standards, Shields was a little shaky in his last outing. He went six innings, allowing four runs on 11 hits, which included a pair of dingers. He still made off with a 8-4 victory and has struck out 28 batters in 35 1/3 innings and has thrown at least 100 pitches in each of his five starts.
Liam Hendricks, Minnesota Twins (0-1, 6.89 ERA)
Hendricks was drilled for nine hits and seven earned runs over just four innings of work last week against the BoSox. Before that, he allowed four runs and a couple of dingers in a no-decision to Tampa Bay. Dating back to last season, Hendricks has allowed at least one home run in five straight starts.
Jake Arrieta, Baltimore Orioles (1-2, 4.45 ERA)
After helping the Orioles win two of his first three starts, Arrieta has stumbled in his last two outings. He’s given up 10 hits and nine earned runs over 10 innings of combined work against the Angels and Athletics.