Sunday's streaking and slumping starters
Yu Darvish, Texas Rangers
4-0, 2.18 ERA
The 25-year-old Japanese sensation has fanned 19 batters in his last two starts covering 15 1/3 innings. He’s allowed one or zero runs in his last four starts. In fact, since a bad first inning in his major league debut, Darvish has allowed four runs over 32 innings. He gets the Indians in Cleveland on Sunday.
Brandon Beachy, Atlanta Braves
2-1, 1.38 ERA
Batters are hitting .193 against the 25-year-old right-hander, who has a fine strikeout-to-walk ratio of 22:7. He’s allowed two or fewer runs in all five of his starts entering Sunday’s visit to Coors Field. However, current Rockies are 7-for-15 against him with two homers and five RBIs.
Phil Hughes, New York Yankees
1-4, 7.48 ERA
Hughes has served up seven homers in five starts, and the league is hitting .298 against him. He’s lasted five innings in only two starts. Still, Hughes is expected to keep getting the ball, at least until Andy Pettitte returns. He faces the Royals in K.C. on Sunday.
Hector Noesi, Seattle Mariners
1-3, 7.83 ERA
Like Hughes, Noesi can’t keep the ball in the park, allowing five homers in five starts. He barely has more strikeouts (13) than walks (10). While he pitched decently his last time out, giving up three runs in 5 2/3 innings vs. the Rays, Noesi must put it together soon or else he’ll be knocked out of the rotation. He gets the Twins at home Sunday.