Wednesday's streaking and slumping starting pitchers
R.A. Dickey, New York Mets (9-1, 2.44 ERA)
There are tons of candidates for Wednesday’s streaking section, but we can’t ignore the Mets’ knuckler. Dickey hasn’t allowed a single run over his last three starts, spanning 24 2/3 innings while striking out 27 batters with three walks during the streak. He is 7-0 in his last nine trips to the hill and leads the MLB starter money standings having earned 9.50 units for his supporters.
Matt Cain, San Francisco Giants (7-2, 2.41 ERA)
Cain is rolling on a seven-start winning streak and baffled the Padres over seven innings the last time he toed the rubber. He didn’t allow an earned run and struck out nine while walking one. Can is now working on a 0.83 ERA and a 1.06 WHIP in his last three and has climbed to 17th on the MLB money standings having earned 5.14 units for his supporters.
Luke Hochevar, Kansas City Royals (3-7, 6.57 ERA)
The Royals have lost four of Hochevar’s last five outings and six of his last eight, including a 4-2 setback at Pittsburgh last week. He gave up four runs in the first three innings before settling down a bit to throw six innings before getting the hook. Hochevar is working on a 1.70 WHIP over his last three trips to the hill.
Kyle Drabek, Toronto Blue Jays (4-6, 4.43 ERA)
The Jays have won just two of Drabek’s last nine starts as he continues to struggle with control issues. He walked four and didn’t strike out a batter in last week’s no-decision against the Braves, allowing three earned runs in five innings of work. He has now walked 45 batters compared to 46 strikeouts in 67 innings pitched.