Monday's streaking and slumping starting pitchers
Brandon Morrow, Toronto Blue Jays (7-3, 2.90 ERA)
The 27-year-old right-hander tossed a complete-game shutout against the White Sox last time out, and he beat the Orioles in his start before that. Batters are hitting .191 against Morrow, who has an incredible WHIP of 0.99. He’s allowed one or zero runs in three of his last four starts.
Garrett Richards, Los Angeles Angels (1-0, 1.13 ERA)
Richards’ first start was a beauty, as he allowed one run over seven innings in a 6-1 win over the Mariners. He struck out eight, walked two and scattered four hits. He’ll try to keep it up Monday in the Battle for L.A. at Dodger Stadium.
Chris Capuano, Los Angeles Dodgers (8-2, 2.82 ERA)
The 33-year-old lefty isn’t dominating like he was earlier this season. In his last two starts, Capuano has given up four homers, 11 hits, five walks and eight earned runs in just 10 1/3 innings. However, he’s still holding batters to a .203 average overall.
Ivan Nova, New York Yankees (7-2, 5.09 ERA)
The 25-year-old right-hander is coming off his best outing, an eight-inning performance against the Rays in which he allowed one run on four hits. But hey, it’s a light schedule of games and we had to pick someone in the slumping category. Nova had given up five earned runs in three of his previous four starts. Batters are hitting .297 against him this season.