We head into another dog days weekend with a trio of aces worth your consideration, including a pair of sturdy righties and a lefty who appears to be on the right track. Check ’em out!
Aces in Isolation
RHP Jacob deGrom (NYM) versus Washington RHP A.J. Cole
The last two starts have been pretty rough for deGrom. The righty has allowed 10 earned runs—five in each outing—over 13.2 innings on the way to losses by 5-4 and 6-4 margins. Still, it’s indicative of how far his season had come that his ERA is still just 3.49 after those two starts. After all, he was hovering in the vicinity of 5.00 just a couple months ago. deGrom dots the NL leaderboards across multiple statistics, too. He’s second in strikeouts (191) and third in innings (165). And, also ranks eighth in ERA and WHIP (1.18). In a brutal, brutal Mets season (55-71), he’s been a bright spot.
LHP José Quintana (CHC) versus Philadelphia RHP Jerad Eickhoff
Quintana’s season ERA still sits at 4.27. But, he’s at a much more solid 3.73 in his Cubs duds after three straight strong starts. He’s allowed three or fewer earned runs in each of them. And even two of them have been quality starts. The Phillies aren’t about to provide much resistance either, as they’re 27th in MLB with a wRC+ of 87. Their lone bright spot at this point is Rhys Hoskins, who is absolutely killing the ball (.283/.406/.755 through 15 MLB games). This should be another good spot for Quintana to lower his ERA. Don’t bet against a sub-4.00 by the end of the season either. Considering it was 5.60 on June 1, we’ll take it.
RHP Zack Greinke (ARI) versus San Francisco LHP Ty Blach
Greinke has been terrific all season. That said, the Twins got to him last time out as he lasted a season-low four innings in a 5-0 loss at Target Field. Like deGrom, Greinke is all over the NL leaderboards. He’s third in strikeouts (178) and WHIP (1.08). He’s also fifth in ERA (3.16) and ninth in innings (159.2). Plus, he’s held opposing batters to just a .228 average. The Giants are also a wonderful matchup. They currently have the worst team wRC+ in the game at 83. Greinke was close (3.01) to getting his ERA back under 3.00 before the Twins start. So here’s his chance to get back there again.