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Tuesday's streaking and slumping starting pitchers
Hiroki Kuroda, Los Angeles Dodgers (10-14, 2.92 ERA)
Kuroda has won four of his last five trips to the hill, allowing just eight runs over that span. He has pitched pretty well all year, but is finally getting a little bit of run support. While he does have 14 losses on his record this season, his WHIP is sparkling at 1.10.
"He keeps us in every game, and for a while there we just didn't get him any runs at all," manager Don Mattingly told reporters of Kuroda.
Doug Fister, Detroit Tigers (6-13, 3.35 ERA)
Fister is coming off what was likely his best start of the season, throwing a perfect game over 13 outs against the Rays. He ended up blanking Tampa Bay over seven innings in a 2-0 win, improving to 3-1 since joining the Tigers. Fister was 3-12 with the offensively-challenged Mariners.
"You might see some better stuff," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said of Fister after that start, "but you can’t pitch better than he pitched today. In and out, changing speeds, cutting the ball, sinking the ball, riding the ball. You can’t pitch better than that."
Brett Cecil, Toronto Blue Jays (4-7, 4.42 ERA)
The Blue Jays have dropped four of Cecil’s last five starts, including a 9-6 loss against Kansas City in his last trip to the mound. He was smacked for five runs on nine hits over 6 1/3 innings in that one while striking out three and walking one. Cecil’s control has been better this season, but he has just 67 strikeouts in 97 2/1 innings.
Javier Vazquez, Florida Marlins (7-11, 4.63 ERA)
Vazquez still hasn’t won a start since July 27, but he won’t be in the Slumping section this time around if we had any other options. The veteran went seven innings in his last start against Cincinnati, allowing three runs on six hits. He struck out a season-high 11 batters but didn’t factor in the decision.