Tuesday's streaking and slumping starting pitchers
Clay Buchholz, Boston Red Sox (7-, 5.38 ERA)
Buchholz has won three straight starts, allowing just three runs while striking out 22 batters over that span. The BoSox hoped he would be able to start Sunday night on regular rest, but he felt he needed a few extra days after throwing at least 100 pitches in four straight outings. Boston is averaging 6.6 runs in his starts this year.
Lance Lynn, St. Louis Cardinals (10-2, 2.42 ERA)
Lynn struck out a career-high 12 batters against the White Sox to join R.A. Dickey as the only 10-win pitchers in the bigs. Lynn didn’t allow a run in 7 1/3 innings and now has 23 punch-outs in his last 13 1/3 innings. The 25-year-old sits ninth in MLB starter money standings, having earned 6.57 units for his supporters.
Scott Feldman, Texas Rangers (0-6, 6.50 ERA)
Feldman is still looking for his first win of the season and his problems continued last week against Arizona. He started strong by striking out the side in the first, but ended up allowing four earned runs on eight hits in five innings of work. He now has a 10.50 ERA and a 1.75 WHIP in his last three starts for the Rangers.
Cole Hamels, Philadelphia Phillies (9-3, 3.34 ERA)
Hamels just hasn’t been himself over his last few trips to the mound. He gave up six earned runs on eight hits, including a couple of homers last week at Minnesota. It was the second straight start that saw him blow a three-run lead and he has now served up eight home runs in his last four outings.