One day after we brought you a star-studded slate of action, we’ll have to help you limp through Thursday with just two compelling pitchers in action. Check ’em out!
Aces in Isolation
Max Scherzer (WAS) versus Baltimorea��s Ubaldo Jimenez
Scherzera��s been a little wobbly in August (4.26 ERA), and it showed last time out as the worst offense in baseball popped him for four runs in 6.1 innings. Overall for the month hea��s still fanning more than a batter per inning (30-7 K/BB ratio in 25.1 innings) and hea��s allowed just three home runs all month. In fact, since allowing 15 home runs between the first two months of the season — including an astonishing 10 in May — hea��s allowed just 10 in the three months since. There arena��t too many opportunities for a a�?Scherzera�? — more strikeouts than innings pitched, with multiple home runs allowed — in that event.
Cole Hamels (TEX) versus Cleveland’s Josh Tomlin
By results, Hamels’ last two starts look similar, as he allowed one earned run last time out in 7.1 innings against the Rays following allowing two earned runs against the Tigers in seven frames the previous time out. But the starts couldn’t be much more different, not only in that he won one and lost the other, but that Hamels allowed 17 of the 34 baserunners he faced to reach against the Tigers, while he held the Rays to just three hits and only five baserunners total last time out. In fact, the sole damage against Hamels last time out was a solo home run off the bat of Steven Souza Jr. Overall results-wise, Hamels has been fantastic since the Twins roughed him up for 10 runs over two starts prior to the break. Since then, he’s allowed three or fewer earned runs in each of his starts. And overall in the second half, here’s what he’s working with so far: 1.85 ERA, .615 OPS against and 50-14 K/BB ratio in 48.2 innings. To re-frame that a bit: the Twins scored 10 runs off Hamels in his last two starts before the break, and he’s allowed 10 earned runs TOTAL in the seven stars following the break.