Monday's streaking and slumping starting pitchers
Gio Gonzalez, Washington Nationals (5-1, 2.22 ERA)
Gonzalez went seven innings and allowed three runs while striking out a season-high 10 batters in his last trip to the mound. He has won five of his last six starts and leads the National League with 60 strikeouts. The Nats have won seven of his eight starts this year, earning supporters 5.96 units – third in the majors.
Bud Norris, Houston Astros (4-1, 3.58 ERA)
Norris has been the best bet in the bigs so far this season, pulling in 7.72 units for bettors. He has allowed only one run in his last three starts, striking out 21 batters over that span. Norris told reporters he wanted to pitch later in games this year and so far he has thrown at least six innings in seven of his eight starts.
Mike Minor, Atlanta Braves (2-3, 7.09 ERA)
Minor has been smacked around in four consecutive starts. He lasted just 4 2/3 innings in Wednesday’s loss to Miami, allowing six runs on six hits while walking three and striking out three. Manager Fredi Gonzalez says the 24-year-old is in no danger of losing his spot in the rotation even though he has allowed 27 runs during the four-game skid.
Randy Wolf, Milwaukee Brewers (2-4, 6.38 ERA)
Wolf followed up his best start of the season with yet another stinker. After holding the Cubs scoreless through six innings, he allowed six runs in four innings during another loss to the Astros, his second loss in three starts. He told reporters he’s struggling with his control after walking three in that one. The over is 6-1 in his starts this season.