Friday's streaking and slumping starting pitchers
A.J. Burnett, Pittsburgh Pirates (7-2, 3.52 ERA)
If you haven’t been riding Burnett’s hot streak, you’ve missed out on a pile of cash. Pittsburgh has won each of his last eight starts and he hasn’t allowed more than three runs in any of those outings while serving up only four homers during that stretch. However, the veteran did allow two of those dingers in his last trip to the hill, a 9-2 win over Cleveland.
Andy Pettitte, New York Yankees (3-2, 2.77 ERA)
Pettitte looks as dependable as he’s ever been on the hill with the Yankees winning five of his last six starts. He allowed more than two earned runs just once over that span – his lone loss – and is working on a 1.77 ERA and a 0.93 WHIP in his last three. He makes his first start against the Mets at Citi Field on Friday.
Jair Jurrjens, Atlanta Braves (0-2, 9.37 ERA)
Jurrjens makes his return to the bigs after a long stint in the minors here, but we wanted to remind you how bad he was before he was sent down. He didn’t pitch into the sixth inning in any of his four starts earlier with the Braves and had eight strikeouts compared to 10 walks in 16 1/3 innings. In the minors he allowed nine runs in one start and 11 in another, finishing with a 5.27 ERA in 11 trips to the hill.
Tim Lincecum, San Francisco Giants (2-8, 6.19 ERA)
The Giants keep sending Lincecum out there every fifth day despite his troubles. After holding the Diamondbacks to one earned run in a loss on May 30, he has allowed 14 runs and seven walks over his last three. He’s cost his supporters 11.48 units already this season.