Wednesday's streaking and slumping starting pitchers
Madison Bumgarner, San Francisco Giants (10-4, 2.85 ERA)
Bumgarner was almost perfect in his last outing, allowing just one hit and two walks in a complete-game 5-0 shutout of Cincinnati. He needed just 107 pitches to get the 27 outs and has now won five of his last six starts. He has thrown at least six innings in each of his last 15 trips to the mound.
David Price, Tampa Bay Rays (11-4, 2.92 ERA)
Price has won three consecutive starts, firing seven solid innings in each. He was cruising along in his last start against Detroit, having allowed just two runs on five hits over seven innings, but was forced to hit the showers with tightness in his lower back. The Rays expect him to be fine to climb the hill Wednesday against the Yanks.
Hector Noesi, Seattle Mariners (2-10, 5.96 ERA)
Just when you thought Noesi might be ready to turn it around, he goes out and allows a season-high four home runs. He held San Diego to two runs over six innings in a tough 2-0 loss on June 24, but then was hammered for five runs over five innings while the Boston Red Sox repeatedly took him deep. The Mariners have lost each of his last four outings.
Jeremy Guthrie, Colorado Rockies (3-7, 6.56 ERA)
Guthrie comes out of the bullpen to make his first start since June 17. He allowed at least five runs in four of his first six starts before being bumped from the rotation and wasn’t all that dependable coming on in relief either. He was spanked for three earned runs and two homers in just two innings of work in giving up a lead against San Diego last week.