Sunday's streaking and slumping starting pitchers
Streaking Ivan Nova, New York Yankees (8-2, 4.64 ERA)
The Yankees righty hasn’t lost since May 19, stringing together four straight victories. Nova has been especially sharp in his last two trips to the bump. He’s given up just one total run on nine hits in his last 15 innings of work.
Zack Greinke, Milwaukee Brewers (7-2, 2.96 ERA)
Greinke has been nearly untouchable over his last three outings. The right-hander is 2-0 in that span, allowing only two earned runs on 17 hits over 20 innings pitched. Greinke was handed a no-decision in his last appearance, giving up one run on six hits through seven innings.Slumping
Brett Cecil, Toronto Blue Jays (0-0, 0.00)
Sure, you can argue that Cecil isn’t technically slumping since he hasn’t pitched in the bigs this season. However, going back to 2011, the Blue Jays southpaw starter has dropped four straight outings and hasn’t won a game since July 29, 2011 - a span of 10 starts. Cecil got the call up from Double-A after two Toronto starters hit the DL this week.
Alex Cobb, Tampa Bay Rays (2-3, 4.70 ERA)
After back-to-back wins to open the season, Cobb has taken three straight losses on the chin. He’s given up at least four runs in those defeats, including getting knocked around for five earned runs on seven hits over 6 2/3 innings against the Mets in his most recent start.