Friday's streaking and slumping starting pitchers
Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers (6-4, 2.65 ERA)
The Dodgers have won four of Kershaw’s last six starts, but could have been perfect over that stretch if they gave him a little run support. He allowed just three runs in those two losses. The lefty responded with a win over the Mets, holding them to one earned run in seven innings while striking out nine. He has at least seven strikeouts in five consecutive starts.
Travis Wood, Chicago Cubs (3-3, 3.05 ERA)
Wood hasn’t allowed a run in 18 2/3 innings and has yielded only one run in his last three starts combined. After serving up six homers in a three-start span earlier this season, he has allowed only one dinger in his last six outings. Wood owns a 1.09 WHIP this year.
Kyle Kendrick, Philadelphia Phillies (2-8, 5.35 ERA)
The Phillies have lost four of Kendrick’s last five starts and he owns a 7.67 ERA over that span. He allowed five runs in the first six batters he faced in his last outing, a 5-4 loss to Pittsburgh. Kendrick has served up 10 homers this season, five in the last four starts, and owns a 8.63 ERA in the first two innings of games this year.
Erik Bedard, Pittsburgh Pirates (4-9, 4.57 ERA)
Bedard was smacked for five runs and two homers in 4 2/3 innings of work in his last trip to the hill and Pittsburgh has lost each of his last four outings. However, he is much better at home than he is on the road. He has given up 32 runs in 43 2/3 innings of work on the road, but owns a 2.31 ERA at PNC Park this season.