Saturday's streaking and slumping starting pitchers
Gavin Floyd, Chicago White Sox (8-9, 4.28 ERA)
Floyd came off his first career stint on the DL in superb form. He's allowed just three earned runs in 12 2-3 innings since returning to the mound after taking the break due to soreness in his elbow. Floyd also allowed zero earned runs in three of his last six starts with the White Sox going 4-2 during that stretch. Wei-Yin Chen, Baltimore Orioles (9-6, 3.65 ERA)
This major league rookie is getting better as the season wears on. Chen set a record for a Taiwanese player in his last game when he earned 12 strikeouts in a 6-1 win over the A's. It was also the first time an O's pitcher tossed at least 10 strikeouts in fewer than six innings. Chen is working a great fastball and a nasty curve ball. Baltimore is 3-1 in his last four starts. Slumping Roy Halladay, Philadelphia Phillies (4-6, 4.33 ERA)
The Phillies are 2-1 in Halladay's three starts since coming back from a shoulder injury but the Doc's record is 0-1 in those three with a 5.82 ERA. The good news might be that Halladay has noticed something he didn't like in his delivery and is making adjustments to correct.
"I had gotten into some bad habits, arm-slot wise," Halladay told the Philadelphia Inquirer
. "I was a little low and side-to-side. I'm trying to get more top-to-bottom with it. That probably will affect the cutter more than anything and the curveball, too. I sort of started getting underneath the ball. Sometimes your body makes you do things to be comfortable."