Before we get to this pitching slate, we just want to take time to reflect on the events of 16 years ago today. And, thank those whose bravery never wavered in one of America’s darkest days.
As for Monday’s action, there are only two aces going. But they’re pretty sturdy righties who’ll factor prominently in their team’s playoff plans. Check ’em out!
Aces in Isolation
RHP Carlos Carrasco (CLE) versus Detroit RHP Myles Jaye
Carrasco was absolutely brilliant last time out against the White Sox, tossing a complete game five-hitter with nine strikeouts, no walks and just one earned run—a solo homer off the bat of Adam Engel in the ninth. The last three starts have been terrific for Carrasco. He’s allowed just two total earned runs over 23 innings with 25 strikeouts and no walks. That’s also lowered his ERA from 3.95 to its present-day mark of 3.53—which ranks eighth in the AL.
He dominated Detroit in his penultimate start—who he’ll face here—with seven innings of one-run ball. And it’s a gutted Tigers team, leaving him a fairly strong chance for a repeat performance. Carrasco is also fourth in the AL in WHIP (1.07), fifth in strikeouts (192) and ninth in innings pitched (173.1).
RHP Zack Greinke (ARI) versus Colorado LHP Kyle Freeland
Greinke has done his part to contribute to the Dodgers slide. That’s because his last two starts were Diamondbacks wins over their divisional counterpart. Last time out at Dodger Stadium, Greinke tossed seven innings of one-run ball with six strikeouts and a walk in a 3-1 win. Alas, it was a no-decision for the righty. Over his two starts against his old friends over the past 10 days, Greinke tossed 13 innings, allowing just eight hits and two earned runs with a K/BB ratio of 12-3.
The righty has been impressive all season long. And with eight starts of three or fewer earned runs in his last 10, is on the cusp of pushing his ERA (3.01) back under 3.00 for the first time in more than a month (July 29). He’s fourth in the NL in WHIP (1.06), sixth in strikeouts (194) and innings (179.1) and seventh in ERA. That’s a pretty wonderful season.