Sunday's streaking and slumping starting pitchers
Adam Wainwright, St. Louis Cardinals (12-10, 3.65)
Wainwright tossed a complete game shutout against the Astros, while giving up just five hits and striking out 12 in his last outing. The right-hander has won four consecutive starts, allowing only four earned runs over his past 31 innings pitched. He has a tough road start against division-rival Cincinnati next time out.
Max Scherzer, Detroit Tigers (13-6, 4.27)
Scherzer allowed one run on five hits over seven innings of a 5-3 win over Toronto on Tuesday night. The righty has picked up wins in three consecutive starts, only surrendering three earned runs during that stretch. He’ll face the Angels at home in his next outing.
Joe Saunders, Arizona Diamondbacks (6-10, 4.22)
After giving up nine runs on 12 hits over 3 2/3 innings against the Marlins on Monday, Saunders was placed on waivers by the D-Backs on Tuesday. The lefty has taken the loss in four of his last five starts and is on the verge of losing his spot in the starting rotation to Tyler Skaggs. He tries to turn things around at home against the Padres on Sunday.
Henderson Alvarez, Toronto Blue Jays (7-11, 4.84)
Alvarez allowed eight runs on 12 hits over just 4 1/3 innings of an 11-2 loss to Texas on Sunday. The 12 hits and eight runs allowed were both career highs as the righty took a fourth consecutive loss. He tries to get back on track against the Orioles at Camden Yards next time out