Charge the Mound

Charge the Mound: Week 7

  1. Clayton Kershaw
    Eleven strikeouts over 8.2 innings against a tough Nationals lineup pops the dominant lefty up to the top spot. No real surprise here, Kershaw has continued to bring his A game to the mound for the Dodgers all season.
  2. Felix Hernandez
    Felix tweaked his back Tuesday night after 6 innings of work against the Yankees. He hasn’t given up more than 1 earned run in a start since April 11. He’s been as consistent as they come.
  3. Yu Darvish
    Darvish’s overall numbers are pristine, but there has been a disturbing trend with the Rangers’ righty. He’s given up 3 or more earned runs in his last 4 starts. In 3 of those starts he still got the win (playing for the Rangers has it’s perks). He has also logged some pretty high pitch counts recently. In his start on Thursday against the Tigers, he threw 130 pitches over 8 innings. Todd Wills of wrote an article about Darvish’s workload and questions that Ron Washington faced from GM Jon Daniels. Darvish is used to throwing a lot of pitches, but when your team has a secure 10-4 lead and your starter has been out there throwing a bunch of pitches, it would be nice to see Wash give him the hook.
  4. Justin Verlander
    Sound the alarms! Justin Verlander has thrown 2 bad outings in a row. Don’t really sound the alarms, he’s still Justin Verlander. In his last start against the Rangers, Verlander gave up 8 earned runs in 2.2 innings. He walked 2 batters, both with the bases loaded. I fully expect JV to get himself back on track. His next start is against the Indians next week.
  5. Madison Bumgarner
    Bumgarner bounced back from his first loss of the season with a seven inning win against the Braves. He only gave up 4 hits, 1 earned run and 2 walks and struck out eleven. His next start is in Colorado against a tough hitting Rockies club. The hit lefties about as well as they hit righties so there’s not really a platoon split to worry about.
  6. Adam Wainwright
    Wainwright took the tough luck loss against the Mets on Thursday. He gave up 3 earned runs over 6 innings but did strike out 8 in the loss. His next start is a delicious start against the Padres in San Diego.
  7. Matt Harvey
    Harvey is going up against the Cubs on Friday. He’s pitched well all season (obviously) but hasn’t factored in the decision over his last 4 starts. He gave up 2 earned runs in his last start against the Pirates. The SI cover boy continues to dominate every team he faces.
  8. Cliff Lee
    Lee is back on track. He did walk 2 in his win against the Diamondbacks on 5/11. He faces the Reds on Friday. The Reds have a .270/.316/.431 slash line against Lee over his career.
  9. Jordan Zimmermann
    Zimmermann surrendered 9 hits over 7.2 to the Dodgers in his last start, but he limited the damage but not allowing any walks. He got the win to bring his season record to 7-1. Like Wainwright, Zimmermann’s next outing is against the Padres in San Diego so expect good things this week from Zimmermann.
  10. Stephen Strasburg
    Strasburg logged his first win since Opening Day on Thursday night against the Padres. He went 8 innings and allowed only 3 hits, but he did walk 3.
  11. Matt Moore
    Moore continues to fill up the stat sheet. In good ways and bad. Moore has allowed at least 1 walk in all but 1 career start (Jul 22, 2012 against the Mariners). While he’s ultimately delivering the results, Moore has room to grow into an ace. He’s not there yet.
  12. Johnny Cueto
    Cueto will make his first start for the Reds since April 13. He’s a top ten talent, but he’ll have to prove he’s totally healthy to get back up there on this list.
  13. Max Scherzer
    Scherzer gave up 5 earned runs over 7 innings and escaped without taking the loss to keep his undefeated record intact. He’s striking out guys at 11.3 K/9 rate. So you may take  a bit of a hit on the ERA and WHIP, but with Scherzer, you’ll get your Ks.
  14. Hisashi Iwakuma
    Iwakuma continued his roll against the Yankees, limiting them to 2 earned runs on 8 hits over 7 innings. He faces a tough Indians offense in his next start. Up to this point he’s gotten good run support from the Mariners, but if that dries up, Kuma and the King might take some hard luck losses.
  15. Mat Latos
    Latos lost out on notching his fifth win against Miami when Aroldis Chapman blew a one out save situation. In the 8.2 innings, Latos only gave up 4 hits. Latos’ K rate isn’t huge, but he is capable of breaking off a 10 strikeout game at any point.
  16. Jon Lester
    Lester coasted to a 6-0 record when he went 7 innings against the Rays. His 2.72 ERA and 1.01 WHIP carry Lester who hasn’t recently had a super high K/9 rate (7.8 over the last 3 seasons).
  17. Clay Buchholz
    Bucholz faces the Twins on Friday. The last time Bucholz faced the Twins he gave up 4 earned runs over 6 innings. So he’ll look to get himself back on track.
  18. Zack Greinke
    Greinke came back from his collarbone injury against the Nationals with a win. He gave up 5 hits over 5.1 innings without giving up a walk. He also struck out 4 in his return. Greinke will look to get his season going again next week against the Brewers.
  19. Chris Sale
    Sale was dominant in a complete game 1 hitter against the Angels. I’ve heard so much about his horrible mechanics so I’ve been hesitant to really buy into Sale’s success. Even if his arm isn’t build for the long run, the short term success can’t be ignored.
  20. Gio Gonzalez
    Gio went 7 strong innings against the Cubs without giving up an earned run. But he didn’t get the win. He also limited his walks to 1 for the first time this season. And to continue the trend, Gonzalez has a favorable match up against the Padres in San Diego.
  21. Hyun-jin Ryu
  22. C.C. Sabathia
  23. James Shields
  24. Lance Lynn
  25. Cole Hamels
  26. Trevor Cahill
  27. Derek Holland
  28. Jeff Samardzija
  29. Anibal Sanchez
  30. Shelby Miller
  31. Mike Minor
  32. Jake Peavy
  33. Paul Maholm
  34. Matt Cain
  35. R.A. Dickey
  36. Tim Hudson
  37. A.J. Burnett
  38. Patrick Corbin
  39. Hiroki Kuroda
  40. Jered Weaver
  41. C.J. Wilson
  42. Yovani Gallardo
  43. Andrew Cashner
  44. Brandon Morrow
  45. Kyle Kendrick
  46. Ian Kennedy
  47. Ryan Vogelsong
  48. Ervin Santana
  49. Kris Medlen
  50. Kyle Lohse
  51. Wade Miley
  52. A.J. Griffin
  53. Ryan Dempster
  54. Doug Fister
  55. David Price
  56. Homer Bailey
  57. Alex Cobb
  58. Carlos Villanueva
  59. Jeremy Hellickson
  60. Jaime Garcia
  61. Justin Masterson
  62. Jorge De La Rosa
  63. Jarrod Parker
  64. Marco Estrada
  65. Edison Volquez
  66. Scott Feldman
  67. Jhoulys Chacin
  68. Dan Haren
  69. Jeremy Guthrie
  70. Travis Wood
  71. Julio Teheran
  72. Jason Vargas
  73. Bud Norris
  74. Lucas Harrell
  75. Chris Tillman
  76. Ross Detwiler
  77. Jose Quintana
  78. Tommy Milone
  79. Kevin Correia
  80. Wandy Rodriguez
  81. Francisco Liriano
  82. Hector Santiago
  83. Jason Hammel
  84. Dan Straily
  85. Zach McAllister
  86. Phil Hughes
  87. Edwin Jackson
  88. Shaun Marcum
  89. Wily Peralta
  90. Jake Westbrook
  91. Josh Beckett
  92. Tim Lincecum
  93. Tony Cingrani
  94. James McDonald
  95. Scott Kazmir
  96. Ivan Nova
  97. Jose Fernandez
  98. Vance Worley
  99. Ubaldo Jimenez
  100. Trevor Bauer
  101. Jon Niese
  102. Brandon McCarthy
  103. Wei-Yin Chen
  104. Clayton Richard
  105. Dillon Gee
  106. Brett Myers
  107. Joe Saunders
  108. Brett Anderson
  109. Ricky Nolasco
  110. Rick Porcello
  111. Bronson Arroyo
  112. Felix Doubront
  113. Barry Zito
  114. Jeff Niemann
  115. Roberto Hernandez
  116. J.A. Happ
  117. Erik Bedard
  118. Mike Leake
  119. Miguel Gonzalez
  120. Brandon Maurer

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