With just nine games across today’s MLB slate, the pickins are a bit slim. But, we’ve dug in to find a trio of aces worth your while on this baseball Monday. Check ’em out!
Aces in Isolation
RHP Gerrit Cole (PIT) versus Atlanta’s RHP Mike Foltynewicz
After a bumpy start, Cole has been tremendous in getting his ERA down under the 3.00 mark for the first time all season (2.84). He’s allowed two or fewer earned runs in each of his last seven starts after opening the season by allowing eight earned through 11 innings (6.55 ERA). The strikeouts have come and gone and so have the grounders, but he’s got enough steam in both areas to the point where he’s looking really, really good. He’s at 7.8 strikeouts per ninea��just off his 8.3 career pacea��with a 50.3 percent groundball rate and just 1.9 walks per nine. There’s no telling if he’ll finish the season with the Bucs, but man….he’s really heating up at the right time no matter how you slice it. Don’t sleep on Folty, either. He’s been coming around.
RHP Michael Fulmer (DET) versus Houston’s RHP Brad Peacock
Fulmer had one of his worst outings of the season last time out against the Orioles. But that’s pretty telling, considering he still hung around long enough to get the win in a 5-4 game. Fulmer went seven innings, allowed a season-high 10 hits with four runs (three earned) while striking out four batters. That lifted his season ERA to 2.72, which tells you how good he’s been. He’s just under a strikeout per inning (46 in 53 frames), and is pretty much doing everything that made him AL Rookie of the Year last year.
2017: 2.72 ERA, 3.25 FIP, 7.8 K/9, 2.2 BB/9, 0.7 HR/9, 47.7 percent GB rate.
2016: 3.06 ERA, 3.76 FIP, 7.5 K/9, 2.4 BB/9, 0.9 HR/9, 49.1 percent GB rate.
RHP Zack Greinke (ARI) versus Chicago’s RHP Miguel Gonzalez
It’s been a fairly solid rebound season for Greinke in the desert, with him posting a 3.09 ERA through nine starts with a .227 BAA and 66 strikeouts in 58.1 innings. The only real issue has been the long ball, with Greinke allowing nine through as many starts to get his season underway. They’ve come in bunches, too. He’s allowed two in one start and three in another. And, has allowed at least one in four straight starts. Other than that, he’s getting strikeouts en masse of latea��at least seven in five straight startsa��and he’s got a 52-6 K/BB ratio over his last six starts. He’s rolling pretty good.