Thursday's streaking and slumping starting pitchers
Matt Moore, Tampa Bay Rays (4-5, 4.16 ERA)
Moore looks to be turning it around after a slow start. He has won his last three starts, throwing at least six innings in each, and is coming off what was likely his best outing of the year. He allowed just one hit over seven innings while striking out eight in an 11-0 victory over Miami. The lefty owns a 2.57 ERA in his last three.
Kyle Lohse, St. Louis Cardinals (6-2, 2.98 ERA)
Lohse didn’t have his best stuff in his last outing, giving up three runs on 10 hits over seven innings, but he kept the Cards in the game again. Before that, he fired 7 2/3 shutout innings in a 2-0 win over Cleveland. In his last three trips to the bump, he owns a 1.74 ERA.
Carlos Zambrano, Miami Marlins (4-5, 3.92 ERA)
Chicago Cubs fans knew this was coming. Zambrano cruised through most of his starts in his first couple of months with the Marlins, but has hit a rough patch recently. He hasn’t gotten through the third inning in either of his last two starts allowing 11 earned runs in 4 1/3 innings. Big Z walked six batters before getting the hook in his last outing, in the loss to Matt Moore’s Rays.
Jeff Francis, Colorado Rockies (0-1, 12.46 ERA)
Francis improved from his first start back with the Rockies, but that isn’t saying much. He still gave up four runs on eight hits while walking three over 5 1/3 innings of a no decision. The Canadian lefty was drilled for eight runs over 3 1/3 innings in his first start since rejoining the team. If we had more to choose from, he would have escaped the Slumping section.