Tuesday's streaking and slumping starting pitchers
Justin Masterson, Cleveland Indians (4-6, 3.98 ERA)
Masterson has been dynamite in his last two outings, allowing just one unearned run in his last 16 innings on the hill. He threw the fourth complete game of his career last week, limiting the Reds to three hits and that one unearned run while walking none. Masterson has 18 strikeouts in his last two starts, turning it around after the Indians had dropped six of his last seven.
Gio Gonzalez, Washington Nationals (9-3, 2.55 ERA)
Gonzalez has won seven of his last nine and hasn’t allowed more than three earned runs in an outing since his first start of the season. In his last turn, he labored early, needing 50 pitches to get through the first two innings against Tampa Bay. After that he went on to fire six innings of two-run ball, striking out four and walking two.
Carlos Zambrano, Miami Marlins (4-5, 4.01 ERA)
Zambrano continues to struggle with his control and Miami has lost his last three starts. He was a little better last week against Boston, allowing three runs over five innings, but still walked four. Big Z now has 13 walks during the three-game skid and 42 free passes to first in 83 innings this year for Miami.
Liam Hendriks, Minnesota Twins (0-4, 7.39 ERA)
Hendriks gave up six runs (three earned) on eight hits in five innings during a 9-1 loss to the Pirates last week. It was his fourth consecutive loss and he’s allowed six home runs over that span. Dating back to last year, he is without a win in 10 starts and owns a 6.84 ERA.