Wednesday's streaking and slumping starting pitchers
Gio Gonzalez, Washington Nationals
Gonzalez has won four of his last five starts and has allowed just five runs in his last six trips to the mound. He limited the Reds to a pair of runs over five innings and struck out a season-high nine batters last week. One caution flag is he’s having a bit of trouble with his control, issuing 10 walks over his last three outings.
Chris Capuano, Los Angeles Dodgers (5-0, 2.06 ERA)
Thanks to a new grip on his breaking ball, veteran lefty Chris Capuano has reinvented himself. The Dodgers hoped he would be able to help the back end of the rotation, but he’s tied for the team lead in wins with Ted Lilly and has allowed only one run over his last three starts. He also has 19 strikeouts over that span.
Mike Leake, Cincinnati Reds (0-5, 7.11 ERA)
By all indications, Leake will be on the hill for his scheduled start Wednesday. But if he doesn’t pull himself together, it may be his last start in the rotation. He lasted a career-low three innings last week in a loss to the Nationals and gave up six runs before hitting the showers. Leake has allowed at least five runs in four of his six starts.
Clayton Richard, San Diego Padres (1-5, 5.32 ERA)
Richard dropped his fifth consecutive decision last week at Philadelphia, yielding five runs and a pair of homers in a 7-3 loss. He has allowed at least eight hits in four of his last five starts. The only good news for Padres bettors is that with the wide open spaces of Petco Park, he has been significantly better at home this year.