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Tim Lincecum, San Francisco Giants (13-13, 2.59 ERA)
Lincecum got roughed up and took the loss in two straight starts in late August and early September, but he is back to being the Lincecum of old. The righty has pitched at least seven innings and allowed no more than two runs in each of his past three starts. Over 22 innings during this span, Lincecum has given up only three runs while striking out 17 batters.
Derek Holland, Texas Rangers (15-5, 3.92 ERA)
Holland’s stellar 2011 campaign has only been getting better and better over the last month. The 24-year-old lefty has given Texas five consecutive quality starts. In three of his past four outings he has pitched at least seven innings while allowing one run or fewer. On Tuesday at Oakland, Holland went seven innings and struck out seven while allowing just one run in a 7-2 victory.
Dontrelle Willis, Cincinnati Reds (0-6, 5.04 ERA)
Willis struggled in two starts earlier this month, taking the loss on both occasions. After giving up four runs in seven innings at Wrigley Field, Willis was pounded for eight runs in 3 1-3 innings by the Cubs at home on September 12. Adding injury to insult, the southpaw has been sidelined with back spasms ever since.
Tim Wakefield, Boston Red Sox (7-7, 5.08 ERA)
John Lackey is starting the second game of Sunday’s double-header against the Yankees, and his struggles are well-documented. Wakefield, though, is also slumping. Even when he recorded his 200th win on September 13, the veteran righty gave up five runs in six innings against Toronto. Wakefield has gone six in a row without turning in a quality start, a stretch that dates back to August 8.