Niese left the game with the score tied 1-1, but the Mets put up a four-spot in the top of the eighth in support of their starter.
Niese (6-9) has allowed three runs or fewer in 10 of his past 11 outings, with the only off night coming against the Dodgers on July 24. Despite the strong pitching, Niese has just three wins in that 11-start stretch.Analysis:
"It should calm it down, hopefully, and we'll see how I feel from there," Kendrick said. "Hopefully, I'll be back by the end of the month, or the beginning of September. So that's good news."Analysis:
Duffy wasn't overpowering with his stuff, allowing four walks and striking out just two, but did enough to keep Detroit off the scoreboard to earn the victory. Duffy lone earned run came off a Victor Martinez single to left field, scoring Ian Kinsler, in the sixth.
Duffy, now 5-5, moved his ERA to 4.04 in 89 innings of work this season. He will look to keep things rolling Friday against the Angels.Analysis:
Then in the fourth, Verlander gave up a two-run homer to Salvador Perez. Verlander, now 1-4, allowed just two runs in his previous two outings. The defeat on Tuesday moved his ERA to 5.05 on the year. He will look to bounce back against the Astros on Saturday.Analysis:
Hughes (10-7, 4.14 ERA) gave up a pair of solo home runs in this one--one to Josh Donaldson in the first, and another to Troy Tulowitzki in the third. But the Twins' offense was unable to get much off Blue Jays starter Marco Estrada.
This makes back-to-back starts of less than six innings for Hughes, allowing a total of eight runs in those two games.Analysis:
Lackey lost his second straight decision, giving up three runs on six hits. Lackey lasted six innings, his shortest outing since June 8, 11 starts earlier.
Lackey struck out five and walked two. He's walked more than two batters just once in his last 15 starts.Analysis:
Estrada (9-6) lowered his season ERA to 3.40 with the fine performance. The only run he allowed on Tuesday came on a sacrifice fly in the fourth inning. Otherwise, Estrada was quite stingy in this one, retiring 10 of the final 11 batters he faced.
Aside from a five-run hiccup on July 24, Estrada has been pitching very well recently. Over his past six starts, he is 4-2 with a 3.00 ERA.Analysis:
DeSclafani won his second straight decision and stretched his undefeated streak to three games. He allowed two runs on seven hits over six innings, his third straight start lasting at least six.
DeSclafani struck out a season-high nine batters.Analysis:
"It was an option," Hinch said of starting Kazmir on Tuesday, per the Houston Chronicle. "It wasn’t something I was interested in. He’s going to pitch tomorrow on an extra day’s rest. We’re in August. On paper it’s a lot easier to ask these guys to come back on short rest or to come back on even regular rest.
"But we had mentally prepared (Kazmir). We had physically prepared him. We had moved his bullpen for him to start on Wednesday. Just because we had a rough start on Monday I don’t think that we should alter that. It already cost us our Tuesday starter in Fiers. I don’t want to continue to disrupt and move forward the same issue. It never runs out until the fifth starter comes out."
Kazmir has thrown 14 2/3 scoreless innings over his first two starts with Houston. He'll start on Wednesday in the series-finale with the Orioles.Analysis:
Holland has been on the disabled list since April 11 with a strained muscle in his shoulder. He allowed three hits and three walks in two innings.
Holland threw 35 strikes in 55 pitches. He allowed two runs, one of them earned, and threw a wild pitch.
In two rehab starts, Holland has allowed four runs and nine baserunners in 3 2/3 innings.Analysis: