It’s an odd pitching slate, for sure. But, it’s a good one as we head back for another work week. We’ve got an aces matchup in the Big Apple, styles clashing in Minneapolis and perhaps the least lucky ace in the league going in Miami. Check ’em out!
RHP Jacob deGrom (NYM) versus RHP Sonny Gray (NYY) — 7:05 p.m. ET
Over his last 10 starts, deGrom has allowed more than three earned runs just once. And over that time frame, he’s subtracted more than a full earned run from his ERA. He started that stretch at 4.33—and was even at 4.75 to start June—but has since gotten it down to 3.21 with the following numbers: 1.82 ERA, 85-16 K/BB ratio in 79.1 innings and a .559 OPS against. deGrom left his last start with a triceps issue, but appears to be good to go in this Subway Series matchup. One needn’t look hard to find deGrom on the NL leaderboards either. He’s second in strikeouts, fifth in innings, sixth in WHIP (1.14) and eighth in ERA.
Gray’s first two starts with the Bombers have been virtual carbon copies of one another as he prepares for his first inter-city matchup. In each start, Gray went six innings, allowed two earned runs, fanned six batters and induced nine grounders. Each was a loss. That’s because the typically tough Yankees offense has scored Gray a grand total of one earned run through two starts. That’s not going to make him forget about Oakland, huh? With grounders, strikeouts and good control, Gray is a good fit for the Bronx as long as he can stay healthy.
Over his last 10 starts, Gray has gone at least six innings eight times—his last eight in a row, actually. And, he’s allowed more than three earned runs just once. That was back on June 20 against Houston. Or,nearly two months ago.
Aces in Isolation
LHP Madison Bumgarner (SFG) versus Miami RHP Dan Straily
Bumgarner outdueled Kyle Hendricks last time out to pick up his second “win” of the season—grumble grumble—as the lefty tossed seven sturdy innings. Bumgarner fanned seven batters, walked just one and the only damage he allowed was a solo home run to Albert Almora Jr. in the third inning. Despite a 2-5 “record”—kill the win already—Bumgarner has a 2.71 ERA, .220 BAA and 63-12 K/BB ratio in 66.1 innings. It stinks that he’s basically playing out the string on an awful Giants team. But next year is an even year, right?
RHP Danny Salazar (CLE) versus Minnesota RHP Bartolo Colón
It’s going to be quite a clash of styles as the flamethrower Salazar takes on the pie-tosser Colón in Minneapolis this evening. Both have been on their game of late, though. Salazar has his ERA down to 4.15 after yet another terrific outing. He’s allowed just four earned runs total since returning from the disabled list, which has lowered his ERA from an unsightly 5.40 to its present-day mark. Here’s what his numbers look like for that four-game stretch: 1.42 ERA, 36-9 K/BB ratio in 25.1 innings and a .475 OPS against. That’s about as good as it gets. Don’t be surprised if this one ends 2-1 or 3-2.