Friday's streaking and slumping starting pitchers
Chris Sale, Chicago White Sox (8-2, 2.05 ERA)
The 6-foot-6 lefty is garnering comparisons to Randy Johnson and you can see why looking at his track record over the last month. He is 5-0 with a 0.98 ERA over his last five outings and has struck out seven batters in all but one of those starts. Sale also leads the AL in ERA and batting average allowed (.188) and has earned his supporters 4.47 units this year.
Ryan Dempster, Chicago Cubs (2-3, 2.31 ERA)
Since the Cubs bailed him out for once in a no-decision against the Padres at the end of last month, Dempster has been repaying the favor. He hasn’t allowed a run since, going 2-0 with nine strikeouts and one walk over 15 innings of work. The Cubs are averaging 8.7 runs in his last three, up from 4.0 runs on the year.
Anthony Bass, San Diego Padres (2-6, 4.38 ERA)
Bass owned a 2.94 ERA over his first eight starts of the season, but has allowed 19 runs over his last four outings, failing to pitch through the sixth inning in any of those. Getting out of jams is Bass’ big bugaboo with most of the problems coming after the fifth inning. San Diego pitching coach Darren Balsley recently said mechanics aren’t to blame.
Bronson Arroyo, Cincinnati Reds (2-4, 3.79 ERA)
Arroyo ran into some more bad fortune in his last start that saw him allow just two runs over seven innings in a 3-2 loss to Detroit. Both of those runs came from solo homers and he’s allowed three dingers in his last two outings. The Reds have dropped four of his last five starts.