It’s another sturdy slate as we head down the road for this baseball Wednesday, including three aces and one in waiting who might just find himself on the NL All-Star team. Check ’em out!
Aces in Isolation
RHP Stephen Strasburg (WAS) versus Chicago RHP John Lackey
Strasburg’s ERA has jumped over the last few starts. He was comfortably below 3.00 and is now up to 3.57. In two of his last three outings, he’s allowed five or more earned runsa��snapping a stretch of five straight starts in which he’d allowed three or fewer. The rest of his numbers are still remarkable. Such as: 109 strikeouts and just 27 walks in 95.2 innings with a .225 BAA and WHIP of 1.13. But he’ll need to do a bit of damage control to get back to where he belongs ERA-wise. He should have a fairly good shot of being on the NL All-Star team, which will be announced this weekend.
RHP Marcus Stroman (TOR) versus Baltimore LHP Wade Miley
Stroman was ambushed for seven runs and three home runs in four innings against the Rangers last time out. And now, he’s allowed six home runs over his last 11 innings. He’s also seen his ERA swell up to a not-so-nice 3.69 over that stretch after spending nearly two months in the low-3.00s. It’s more amazing that Stroman has been as good as he has with so-so peripherals. He’s fanned just 76 batters in 92.2 innings, allowed 97 hits and has seen opposing batters hit .273 against him. It wouldn’t be a shock to see his ERA much higher than it is. Though, being a groundball wizard helpsa��a lot.
RHP Yu Darvish (TEX) versus Cleveland RHP Trevor Bauer
After getting roughed up by a tough Seattle offense in his penultimate start, Darvish was brilliant last time out in a no-decision against the Yankees. It’s worth noting that the Yankees have jockeyed with the Astros for position among the best offenses in the game this season. Well, Darvish diced them for seven innings of two-hit, shutout ball with 10 strikeouts, no walks and for good measure, seven grounders off the bat of the 12 hitters he didn’t whiff. He’s in the top-five in the AL in innings, strikeouts, ERA and WHIP. Though, he also has the fourth-most walks.
Is it too soon to get excited about Chase Anderson of the Brewers? He’s got a 2.92 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, .226 BAA and he’s not exactly doing it with smoke and mirrors. Anderson’s got a stellar 84-27 K/BB ratio in 89.1 innings. He’s allowed three or fewer earned runs in each of his last six starts.