Saturday's streaking and slumping starting pitchers
Streaking Gio Gonzalez , Washington Nationals (12-3, 2.92 ERA)
Gonzalez has won his last four starts and the Nats have won 14 of his 17 trips to the mound this season overall. He’s 7-1 on the road, where he’ll be on Saturday against Miami. The lefty is the third biggest money winner for bettors this season behind only R.A. Dickey and A.J. Burnett.
Mike Leake, Cincinnati Reds (3-6, 4.01 ERA)
After starting the year 0-5 in his first six starts, Leake has only taken a loss in one of his past 10 outings. Unfortunately, his record is only 3-1 during that span. His ERA is 1.88 over his past three starts with a WHIP of 0.88. Slumping Aaron Laffey, Toronto Blue Jays (0-1, 2.67 ERA)
The lefty Laffey hasn’t had much luck lately with the Jays. Due to multiple injuries in the starting rotation, Laffey has been moved to an opening role and has allowed just five earned runs in 18 innings in three starts. Unfortunately, he’s not getting much run support and the Jays lost all three games. The 27 year old only tosses in the mid-80s but he can pick his spots and might provide some value if Toronto can get him some scoring help. Tim Lincecum, San Francisco Giants (3-10, 6.42 ERA)
Lincecum has pretty much been in a slump all season. But Saturday’s start is different. The Giants are putting a leash on him and have said if he doesn’t have a decent game Saturday, they’ll likely bench him for his next scheduled start. Tough times for Timmy Tim Super Freak.