Monday’s streaking and slumping starting pitchers
Kyle Lohse, St. Louis Cardinals (7-2, 2.82 ERA)
Take a look at the Cards’ new No. 1 starter. Adam Wainwright is struggling in his first year back from Tommy John surgery and Chris Carpenter is still looking for the fountain of youth.
Lohse, meanwhile, is just doing work. He’s produced quality starts in each of his last five appearances and the under is 4-1 over that same streak.
Zack Greinke, Milwaukee Brewers (9-2, 2.82 ERA)
This right-hander’s name is floating in the trade rumor mill but bettors would lose a money trend if Greinke leaves Wisconsin. The Brewers are 20-1 in Greinke’s 21 career starts at Miller Park, including 5-1 this season.
Greinke is 4-0 with a 1.08 ERA in six home starts this campaign and has allowed just eight earned runs in his last 43 innings pitched.
Doug Fister, Detroit Tigers (1-5, 3.91 ERA)
The hope in Detroit was that Fister could be every bit as good for the Tigers in 2012 as he was in 2011 after coming over from the Seattle Mariners. But turns out a groundball pitcher doesn't have a lot of success with roly-poly corner infielders.
Fister gave up eight earned runs in his last start and Detroit is 1-7 in his last eight appearances.
Carlos Zambrano, Miami Marlins (4-6, 3.71 ERA)
A month and a half into the season and Miami scribes were wondering if Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen had resurrected Zambrano’s career. Well, six weeks better we all know better. Big Z still stinks.
The Marlins are 0-4 in Zambrano’s last four outings and Carlos has walked 15 batters in his last 13 2/3 innings pitched.