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Gomez has quietly put together three consecutive wins, boast a 1.59 ERA during those victories to rebound from a tough start. He hasn’t struck out more than four batters in any of his starts this year, but his control has been great with just eight walks in 41 innings pitched to date. Another stat to consider: he hasn’t thrown 100 pitches in a start this season either.
Eric Surkamp, San Francisco Giants (2-0, 3.24 ERA)
Surkamp has made quite the impression on the Giants, helping the club to victories in his first three big-league starts. He’s a finesse guy that won’t strike out a lot of guys, but at 6-foot-4 with a devastating curve, he could be a guy to keep an eye on. He faces off against the Rockies, a team the Giants have beaten in 12 of their last 17 meetings.
Tim Hudson, Atlanta Braves (14-10, 3.32 ERA)
For the most part, Hudson has been solid for the Braves this season, but he looks to be wilting down the stretch. He has lost three of his last four outings, posting a 5.55 ERA during the skid. He was drilled for six runs over six innings in a 6-3 loss at St. Louis his last time out and has issued six walks over his last pair of starts.
Anthony Vasquez, Seattle Mariners (1-3, 7.29 ERA)
Maybe we’re being a little tough on the rook, but the numbers don’t lie. He has lost his last three starts and has a fat 6.89 ERA with only six strikeouts over that span. The good news is that he gave up just a pair of runs over six innings in a 2-1 loss to K.C. last week.
"Once I kind of settled in, I was as comfortable as I've felt since I've been here," Vasquez told reporters after that start. "It kind of goes back to the confidence and approach that I had in the minor leagues. That was great to just have some success under my belt those few innings."