Monday's streaking and slumping starting pitchers
R.A. Dickey, New York Mets (10-1, 2.20 ERA)
When the knuckleball is working, it’s untouchable. And right now, the knuckler is working for Dickey. The Mets right-hander has won five consecutive starts and hasn’t tasted defeat since April 18 – a string of 10 starts. The team’s appeal on Dickey’s controversial one-hitter wasn’t accepted by the league but the pitcher really didn’t want a no-hitter that way. Dickey has struck out 50 batters over the past five outings.
Matt Cain, San Francisco Giants (8-2, 2.18 ERA)
Cain is coming off just 22nd perfect game in MLB history, shutting the door on the Astros this past Wednesday. He’s 7-0 in his last seven starts and hasn’t allowed an earned run in his last 16 innings of work. The righty has struck out 23 batters in that span.
J.A. Happ, Houston Astros (4-7, 5.33 ERA)
The Astors staff was been terrible lately and Happ is one of the biggest reasons why. He’s dropped four straight starts, including serving up 12 runs in his last two outings, and lugs a 7.17 ERA over his last five efforts. Happ has given up three home runs in his last two outings and has watched 11 balls soar over the outfield fence in his last 10 appearances.
Henderson Alvarez, Toronto Blue Jays (3-6, 3.87 ERA)
The Blue Jays are running out of fingers to plug the dam with. They’ve had three starters hit the DL this week and turn to Alvarez to shoulder the load Monday. The right-hander hasn’t won since May 10, going 0-4 in his last six outings. He got rocked for three home runs versus Washington in his last start and has allowed at least one dinger in 11 of his 13 outings this season – 16 in total.