Sunday's streaking and slumping starting pitchers
Doug Fister, Detroit Tigers (7-7, 3.24 ERA)
Fister has been on fire since the All-Star break, going 5-1 with a 1.52 ERA and 48:8 K:BB ratio in 53 1/3 innings. He’s picked up wins in three of his last four starts, only surrendering four earned runs during that span. He takes the hill at Comerica versus the Orioles next time out.
Mat Latos, Cincinnati Reds (10-3, 3.63 ERA)
Latos pitched seven scoreless innings Tuesday against the Mets but walked away with a no-decision. The righty hasn’t been tabbed with a loss since July 17 and has only squandered one earned run in his last 21 1/3 innings. He toes the rubber at home against the lowly Cubs on Sunday.
Jarrod Parker, Oakland Athletics (7-7, 3.71 ERA)
Parker gave up five runs (four earned) over 4 2/3 innings against the Royals on Tuesday. He’s now 2-4 with a 6.15 ERA over his last seven starts and during that stretch opposing batters are hitting a generous .309 against him. He looks to turn things around against the Indians in his next start.
Josh Beckett, Boston Red Sox (5-10, 5.19 ERA)
Beckett was shelled yet again Tuesday, allowing six runs on six hits over 5 1/3 innings in Boston's 7-1 loss at Baltimore. He’s 0-3 with a 7.96 ERA over his last five outings and hasn’t picked up a win since July 15. Things won’t get easier for Beckett, as he takes the mound against the Yankees in New York on Sunday.