Chris Sale continues his dominance while Yordano Ventura is becoming a pitcher and looking strong.
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Chris Sale, SP Chicago White Sox
Sale once again made it look effortless on the mound in his last start against the Seattle Mariners. He tossed his seventh career complete game and struck out a season-high 12 batters. This was the third consecutive start he allowed two runs or less, while pitching at least six innings. Sale has a 2.16 ERA in 87.1 innings pitched with 96 strikeouts and only 16 walks issued to go along with an impressive WHIP of 0.87.
Yordano Ventura, SP Kansas City Royals
Ventura was superb against the Cleveland Indians in his last start, as he limited them to six hits and one run in 8.1 innings pitched. This was the sixth straight start he allowed three runs or fewer, and the second time he threw eight innings in a start this season. Ventura’s strikeouts are down, as he’s only whiffed seven batters in the last two starts, but that hasn’t impacted his effectiveness. He has a 3.07 ERA in 16 starts through 96.2 innings pitched with 80 strikeouts and eight home runs allowed.
T.J. House, SP Cleveland Indians
House was solid in his last start, as he went 6.2 innings and allowed three runs against the Royals. This was the third straight start he allowed three runs or less. He is starting to throw the ball well, and this will be a huge benefit for Cleveland in the second-half of the season.
Ricky Nolasco, SP Minnesota Twins
The rough season for Nolasco continued in his last start against the New York Yankees. He lasted just two innings, and gave up six runs. This was the seventh time he gave up at least five runs in a start this season.
He is struggling on the mound and you have to wonder if Minnesota will consider moving him to the bullpen. He has a 5.90 ERA in 103.2 innings pitched, including a WHIP of 1.62. Nolasco is currently dealing with some elbow soreness, and will return to Minnesota to receive medical attention.
Fantasy Advice: Jeff Locke has a 3.08 ERA in seven starts across 49.2 innings pitched with a 0.93 WHIP. He has allowed just seven runs in his past three starts, while having only one start with more than three runs surrendered.
Phil Hughes, SP Minnesota Twins
Hughes was hit hard again in his most recent start. He gave up seven runs in 6.1 innings pitched against the Yankees. This was the third straight start he allowed at least five runs. He seemed to be turning his season around, but these past couple of starts would indicate otherwise. For the season Hughes has a 3.95 ERA in 109.1 innings pitched with 94 strikeouts and 11 walks.
Fantasy Advice: Jesse Hahn in six starts has a 2.34 ERA through 34.2 innings pitched with 12 walks issued. He has allowed five runs in his last four starts, and has yet to allow more than four runs in a start this season.
Austin Jackson, OF Detroit Tigers
Jackson is hitting .244 in 291 at-bats with three home runs and 23 RBI. However, his OBP is just .306, including a .660 OPS. He also struggles against right-handed pitchers, as indicated by his .223 batting average against them.
Fantasy Advice: Drew Stubbs in 213 at-bats has a .296 batting average with eight home runs and 23 RBI. He has an OBP of .335 and his OPS is .823. He does a good job against right-handed pitchers by having hitting .265 against them.