After a quick reprieve, we’re back with another quality Wednesday slate. One running all day long with a quartet of aces working in isolation. Check ’em out!
Ace in Isolation
RHP Carlos Martinez (STL) versus Milwaukee RHP Chase Anderson
It resulted in a no-decision, but Martinez was terrific last time out against the Padres. He held them to just one earned run on seven hits over seven innings. That is, while also fanning six batters and walking just two. Martinez has allowed three or fewer earned runs seven times in his last 10 starts, including in each of the last five in a row. Over that stretch, that has maintained his ERA more or less. But that gives you a pretty good indication of how good he’s been this season. Solid, but not spectacular, posting a 3.48 ERA with more than a strikeout per inning. But also the seventh most walks in the NL (58).
Don’t sleep on Anderson, either. He’s having a really nice season (2.87 ERA in 18 starts). And, is now two starts in after missing a couple months. He’s quietly been great for the Brewers.
RHP Stephen Strasburg (WAS) versus Miami LHP Adam Conley
Strasburg left his last start with calf cramps, but isn’t terribly concerned and looks good to make this start without any issues. After missing nearly a month, the 29-year-old righty has come back to allow just two earned runs over his first two starts back with 15 strikeouts and two walks in 12 innings. Most impressively is that he held the Astros scoreless through six innings with three hits, seven strikeouts and just one walk in a 5-4 win. Even in a year where he hasn’t been totally healthy—and this is sort of the norm with Strasburg—he’s still fourth in the NL in ERA (3.10) and WHIP (1.08), and has enough strikeouts (156, ninth) to be on the leaderboard despite throwing just 133.2 innings to this point. Opposing batters are hitting just .214 against him this season.
LHP Dallas Keuchel (HOU) versus Texas RHP Andrew Cashner
After getting drubbed by the White Sox on Aug. 8—eight earned in just four innings—Keuchel has been fantastic in the three starts since, allowing just three total earned runs over 20.2 innings with 14 strikeouts, six walks and a staggering 44 grounders induced over that stretch. The first start of that stretch came against the Rangers in Texas. Keuchel held them to just one earned run—a solo home run from Adrián Beltré—as he outdueled Cashner on that day in a 2-1 win.
That eight-run game against the White Sox was certainly an aberration, though. Not only does Keuchel have a 2.58 ERA on the season, but that’s the only start over his last 10 where he’s allowed more than three earned runs. He’s having a terrific season. But, Keuchel won’t get to 162 innings to qualify for any of the leaderboards (108.1 innings at present).
LHP Robbie Ray (ARI) versus Los Angeles LHP Hyun-jin Ryu
Ray looked good against the Mets last time out when making his first start in nearly a month after suffering a concussion against the Cardinals. Ray allowed just a solo home run over five innings with nine strikeouts in a 3-2 win over the Mets. And, looks to get back over 100 pitches when he takes on the Dodgers this time out. He faced the Dodgers back on July 6, allowing just one earned run over six innings with 13 strikeouts and four walks—perhaps the quintessential Ray start.
He’s allowed three or fewer earned runs seven times over his last 10 starts. But, he’s also allowed at least one home run in eight of those 10 starts. Plus he’s allowed at least three walks in six of those 10 starts. Though, not at all in the last three starts. He can be a bit all over the place, but when he’s on, he’s terrific. He’s sixth in the NL in walks (60), but eighth in strikeouts (160 in 123.2 innings).