Saturday's streaking and slumping starting pitchers
Kyle Kendrick, Philadelphia Phillies (9-10, 3.83)
Kendrick pitched seven innings of one-run ball to earn the victory Monday over the Marlins. The righty has allowed two runs or less in each of his last six starts and is 5-1 over that same stretch. He gets a chance to pad the stat sheet against the lowly Astros next.
James Shields, Tampa Bay Rays (14-8, 3.71)
Shields tossed a two-hitter, shutting down a potent Texas offense during Tampa Bay's 6-0 win Sunday. The righty-hander has tossed eight consecutive quality starts, going 6-1 with a 1.90 ERA during that span. He’ll have to maintain his recent form if he looks to pick up a victory in his next outing against the Yankees.
Johnny Cueto, Cincinnati Reds (17-8, 2.71)
Cueto yielded four runs over four innings in the Reds' 5-1 defeat to Houston on Sunday. Cueto has surrendered eight runs over his past 11 frames and draws Miami on Saturday.
Anibal Sanchez, Detroit Tigers (2-5¸4.40)
The wins haven't come easily for Sanchez in Detroit, as he has posted four straight quality starts with just one victory to show for it. He has faced the Indians twice since switching leagues, allowing four runs (one earned) in 12 innings. His first win for the Tigers came against Cleveland on Aug. 3. He takes the bump against those same Indians next time out.