Miguel Gonzalez
White Sox's Miguel Gonzalez: Extends quality start streak to five against Cubs
Miguel Gonzalez, SP, CHW
12:40 AM
News: Gonzalez allowed two runs on seven hits and two walks with eight strikeouts over 6.2 innings in a no-decision Monday against the Cubs.

Gonzalez continues to pitch well, as Monday's outing extended his quality start streak to five. Unfortunately, his club hasn't helped him out, and he is just 1-2 in those five starts. His eight strikeouts tied a season high set back on May 21 against Kansas City. Gonzalez's control has been excellent of late -- he hasn't walked more than two batters in his quality start streak, and that has been the main driver behind his success.

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Jake Arrieta
Cubs' Jake Arrieta: Serves up four runs to White Sox in no-decision
Jake Arrieta, SP, CHC
12:40 AM
News: Arrieta allowed four runs on five hits and two walks with six strikeouts over six innings in a no-decision Monday against the White Sox.

Arrieta has allowed four or more runs on four of his five starts and has watched his ERA jump from 1.74 to 2.76 in the process. The Cy Young Award winner is looking downright human of late, primarily because he is finally allowing home runs. After allowing just three in his first 15 starts, he has allowed five in his last five outings, including his one big mistake Monday, a three-run homer by Todd Frazier. Expect Arrieta to right the ship, but the odds are now well against him recording a second straight sub-2.00 ERA.

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Dallas Keuchel
Astros' Dallas Keuchel: Takes loss despite quality start against Yankees
Dallas Keuchel, SP, HOU
12:20 AM
News: Keuchel (6-10) allowed two runs on six hits with five strikeouts over 7.2 innings but still took the loss Monday against the Yankees.

Keuchel extended his quality start streak to seven, but none of the last three have produced wins. Still, there's lots to like in Keuchel's recent stretch -- he owns a 2.72 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP over those seven starts. However, he has just 34 strikeouts over 46.1 innings in those seven starts, and unless he can find more whiffs, he won't make a full return to his Cy Young form from last season.

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Ian Kennedy
Royals' Ian Kennedy: Serves up four runs in loss to Angels
Ian Kennedy, SP, KC
12:00 AM
News: Kennedy (6-9) allowed four runs on six hits and three walks with three strikeouts over five innings in a loss Monday against the Angels.

Kennedy didn't allow a home run for the first time since May 30, but it didn't matter. He didn't have his control and was constantly pitching from behind (12 first-pitch strikes to 25 hitters). His 26 home runs allowed are still the most in the major leagues, two clear of both Cleveland's Josh Tomlin and Toronto's R.A. Dickey, and for that reason, it remains next to impossible to trust him in any given start.

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Michael Pineda
Yankees' Michael Pineda: Strikes out eight in win over Astros
Michael Pineda, SP, NYY
12:00 AM
News: Pineda (5-9) allowed just one run on five hits and two walks with eight strikeouts over seven innings in a win Monday over the Astros.

Pineda recorded eight or more strikeouts for the sixth time in his past eight starts. He owns a stellar 64:14 K:BB over just 47.1 innings in that stretch to go with a 3.42 ERA. Home runs are still a problem -- including George Springer's solo shot Monday night, he has now allowed seven in those eight starts -- but he is showing improvement after a dreadful start to the season.

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Carlos Rodon
White Sox's Carlos Rodon: Tosses 3.2 innings at Triple-A Charlotte
Carlos Rodon, SP, CHW
7/25/2016
News: Rodon (wrist) lasted 3.2 innings during Monday's rehab start at Triple-A Charlotte, giving up two earned runs on five hits with two walks.

Rodon's minor league start wasn't picture perfect, but it might be the only Triple-A outing he needs before rejoining the White Sox. That said, the organization has yet to decide his next step.

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Hector Santiago
Angels' Hector Santiago: Earns fifth straight win against Royals
Hector Santiago, SP, LAA
7/25/2016
News: Santiago (9-4) allowed two runs on five hits and four walks with five strikeouts over 5.1 innings in a win Monday over the Royals.

Santiago's winning streak is now extended to five games, dating back to July 2. After allowing 17 home runs in his first 16 starts, he has allowed just two in this stretch. If he can continue to keep the ball in the yard, he can enjoy a measure of success, but his career suggests this won't last. He owned a 1.3 HR/9 in 643 career innings entering Monday's start -- for context, of the 1,955 pitchers all-time to record at least 600 innings, only 80 have had a worse home run rate.

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Nick Martinez
Rangers' Nick Martinez: Will be recalled and start Tuesday
Nick Martinez, SP, TEX
7/25/2016
News: Martinez will be recalled from Triple-A Round Rock and get the start against Oakland on Tuesday, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

It will be the first start since July 4 for Martinez, when he was rocked for six runs and 11 hits in a loss to the Red Sox. The right-hander has a 6.45 ERA in six major league appearances this season, but has dominated Oakland over his last three starts, posting a 2-0 record and a 0.92 ERA. Martinez replaces Kyle Lohse in the rotation for the time being, who had an unimpressive 12.54 ERA in two starts.

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Homer Bailey
Reds' Homer Bailey: Preparing to rejoin Reds after rehab start
Homer Bailey, SP, CIN
7/25/2016
News: Bailey (elbow) said he would be joining the Reds in San Francisco after completing his rehab start Monday.

This is long-awaited news for Cincinnati as Bailey has not pitched in the majors since April of 2015. The 30-year-old has posted a 5.33 ERA and a 19:9 K:BB ratio over six starts with Triple-A Louisville this year while battling elbow fatigue. He could make his season debut this weekend against San Diego, likely replacing Keyvius Sampson in the rotation.

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Justin Verlander
Tigers' Justin Verlander: Continues sparkling June with win
Justin Verlander, SP, DET
7/25/2016
News: Verlander (10-6) earned the win by holding the Red Sox to one run over six innings. He gave up five hits, walked two, and struck out five.

The veteran ace has now allowed a mere six earned runs in five starts this July, spanning 33.2 innings. Verlander's 144 strikeouts is already far above his total in a similar number of innings a season ago, and he is on pace to easily eclipse his 2014 strikeout total as well. Verlander will carry a 3.64 ERA and 1.08 WHIP into his start Sunday against the Astros.

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