Saturday's streaking and slumping starting pitchers
Felipe Paulino, Kansas City Royals (2-1, 1.42 ERA)
The 28-year-old right-hander hasn’t allowed a run in three of his four starts this season, including two against the Yankees. He’s fanned 29 in 25 1/3 innings, and batters are hitting .232 against him. Paulino gets the Orioles in Baltimore on Saturday.
Derek Lowe, Cleveland Indians (6-2, 2.15 ERA)
The 38-year-old sinkerballer has allowed two or fewer runs in six consecutive starts heading into Saturday’s outing against the White Sox. Despite only striking out 15 batters all season, Lowe is excelling by getting batters to pound the ball into the ground. He needs to be careful with Orlando Hudson, who is 13-for-42 (.310) against him.
Mike Minor, Atlanta Braves (2-4, 6.96 ERA)
The wheels have come off for the 24-year-old lefty. He’s served up 12 homers in his last five starts, including four last time out against the Reds. Batters are hitting .286 against him. Minor hasn’t produced a quality start since April 24. He gets the Nationals at home Saturday.
Jeremy Guthrie, Colorado Rockies (2-2, 5.55 ERA)
The 33-year-old right-hander has yielded six earned runs in each of his last three home starts, including last Sunday vs. Seattle. The good news is that Saturday he’ll be pitching in Cincinnati. In fact, Guthrie has a 1.68 ERA in three road starts, compared to 9.92 ERA at Coors Field.