Here are two streaking and two slumping pitchers probable to take the hill Friday.
Hisashi Iwakuma, Seattle Mariners (3-1, 1.61 ERA)
Iwakuma held the Blue Jays to just one run over seven innings last time out. The righty has an impressive 42:8 K:BB ratio and is settling into the No 2 starter role behind Felix Hernandez. Iwakuma will take the hill against Oakland for the second time this season Friday. He held the A’s to just one run in six innings of work earlier in April.
Phil Hughes, New York Yankees (1-3, 3.60 ERA)
Hughes has allowed two earned runs or less in each of his last four outings after a rocky start to the 2013 campaign. The righty has sat down a total of 30 batters over his last four trips to the hill and is coming off an eight-inning gem against the A's.
Ian Kennedy, Arizona Diamondbacks (1-3, 5.19 ERA)
The Diamondbacks’ ace has struggled early in 2013 and has been touched up for nine runs over his past two starts. The righty hasn’t notched a win since Opening Day over the St. Louis Cardinals but has an impressive 2.42 career ERA vs. the Phillies.
Shaun Marcum, New York Mets (0-2, 7.20 ERA)
Marcum has made two starts and one relief appearance since coming off the DL April 27th, and hasn’t looked sharp in any of them. The right-hander hasn’t pitched more than 4 1/3 innings in any of his outings this season and is working on expanding his current 90-pitch count.