This baseball Wednesday features a trio of aces working in isolation. And includes the return of one we haven’t seen in more than a month. Check ’em out!
Aces in Isolation
RHP Sonny Gray (NYY) versus Baltimore RHP Kevin Gausman
Gray’s first month with the Yankees (2.70 ERA) was tremendous. But, he ran into some bumps last time out against the Red Sox. After allowing just two earned runs in July, Gray allowed three in a 4-1 loss to the Red Sox. Also, after allowing no more than two earned runs in any of his first five starts, Gray allowed Boston to score all four runs in the game against him in his seven innings. It’s still been a wonderful season turnaround for Gray, who was battling an ERA encroaching 5.00 as late as mid-June. Here’s to hoping he’ll pitch in October for the first time since making a couple starts in the 2013 ALDS against the Detroit Tigers.
RHP Carlos Carrasco (CLE) versus Chicago RHP Reynaldo Lopez
Carrasco has been prone to hiccups all season long—and if we’re being honest, probably ever since his breakout—but after the Red Sox got to him for six earned runs in his Aug. 22 start, he’s allowed just one earned run and 12 hits in the 14 innings since in wins over the Royals and Tigers. Over that stretch, he has 16 strikeouts and no walks, and while that’s against two offenses that have gone in the tank, the same is pretty much true of the White Sox as well. Carrasco has more than a strikeout per inning (183 in 164.1 innings). And, is in the top-10 in the AL in innings, strikeouts, ERA and WHIP.
RHP Lance McCullers Jr. (HOU) versus Seattle RHP Andrew Moore
We haven’t seen McCullers since July 30 against the Tigers. That’s because he wrapped up a nightmarish month by going on the shelf with a back issue. It’s hard to know how long McCullers was affected, of course. But considering he posted a 9.64 ERA in July and didn’t record a single out in the fifth inning in three of his four starts in the month, chances are it was more than just an isolated thing. That blew up what was otherwise a tremendous season for the 23-year-old righty. He came into the month with a 2.69 ERA and left it at 3.92. He’ll look to get back on track. But, the Astros have lost each of his last five starts after winning the previous five.