Wednesday's streaking and slumping starting pitchers
C.C. Sabathia, New York Yankees (13-3, 3.44 ERA)
The Yankees’ hefty lefty picked up where he left off in his return from the DL last week, giving up only one run on four hits and striking out nine in 7 1-3 innings of work versus Cleveland. That win extended Sabathia’s unbeaten streak to nine starts going back to early June.
Cole Hamels, Philadelphia Phillies (14-6, 2.99 ERA)
Hamels was dealt a no-decision in his most recent appearance, failing to tie his career high in wins. The Phillies’ high-priced hurler has been living up to his new contract, however, and hasn’t tasted defeat since August 2. Hamels has struggled with the Mets in the past, posting a career 5-10 record and 4.39 ERA against his NL East rival.
Joe Blanton, Los Angeles Dodgers (8-12, 5.12 ERA)
Blanton has struggled since changing coasts, posting a 0-3 mark and 7.71 ERA in four starts for the Dodgers. The former Phillies pitcher hasn’t won a game since July 16 and has allowed 16 earned runs in his last 15 innings of work.
C.J. Wilson, Los Angeles Angels (9-9, 3.83 ERA)
Wilson can’t wait for August to get over. The Angels’ southpaw has just plain sucked this month, going 0-2 with a swollen 8.78 ERA in four August appearances. He gets another shot at the Boston Red Sox Wednesday after allowing six earned runs on eight hits through five innings versus Boston in his most recent outing.