Thursday’s streaking and slumping starting pitchers


Scott Diamond (5-1, 1.61 ERA)

There isn’t a lot to like about this year’s Twins if you’re a Minnesota baseball fan. But the Twinkies might have stumbled into a gem in Scott Diamond. The former Rule 5 pick is a soft-tosser who keeps the ball low in the zone and induces a lot of ground balls.

Minnesota, which is 10 games under .500, is 6-1 in Diamond’s seven starts this season. And because the Twins are so bad, you’re going to get a good price with the young lefty on the mound.

Shaun Marcum (5-3, 3.50 ERA)

Marcum isn’t making any Brewers fans forget about that kid Brett Lawrie in Toronto. That said, the former Blue Jay pitcher is on a nice little streak right now. Marcum is 3-0 with a 2.29 ERA over his last three starts and 23 strikeouts in 19 1/3 innings.


Joe Blanton (5-6, 5.40 ERA)

Remember when Blanton was no ordinary Joe for the Phillies at the beginning of the season? He carried a 2.81 ERA over his seven starts. That seems like a loooong time ago.

Blanton has given up five or more earned runs in each of his last five trips to the bump.

Gavin Floyd (4-6, 5.38 ERA)

You’ve got to think Floyd would have lost his spot in the rotation by now if the White Sox had an arm ready to step up. He hasn’t had a good outing since the second week of May and owes a 10.52 ERA over his last five starts.

So there’s that.

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