Tuesday's streaking and slumping starting pitchers
Travis Wood, Chicago Cubs (4-3, 3.05 ERA)
Looks like the Cubs saw something the Reds didn't see in Travis Wood. Chicago is 4-0 in Wood’s last four starts (three as underdog) and the lefty has produced a quality start in six of his last seven trips to the bump.
Bartolo Colon, Oakland Athletics (6-7, 3.80 ERA)
Bartolo missed a start or two at the end of June but he’s looked great since coming off the DL. The 39-year-old has allowed just two earned runs and one walk over his last 14 2/3 innings pitched. The A’s are 4-1 in his last four outings and the under is 5-1 in his last six appearances.
Erik Bedard, Pittsburgh Pirates (4-10, 4.80 ERA)
This Canadian southpaw is the weakness link in an otherwise respectable Pittsburgh starting rotation. The Bucs are winless in Bedard’s last five starts and the over is 3-1-1 over the same stretch. He’s given up four or more runs in each of his last three trips to the hill.
Randy Wolf, Milwaukee Brewers (2-6, 5.80 ERA)
There’s got to be a collective groan coming from the Brewer’s dugout on days Wolf takes the mound. The veteran lefty has allowed four or more runs in four straight starts and Milwaukee is 2-8 in his last 10 appearances.
Wolf carries a bloated 1.42 WHIP (walks + hits per inning) since the beginning of June into Tuesday’s start.