Hammel has allowed at least three runs in four of his five starts and has only pitched out of the fifth inning in one outing. The result is a 0-3 record with a crippling 6.55 ERA and 1.94 WHIP. At this stage of the game, it's pretty difficult to rely on Hammel in any fantasy setting, but his 3.92 FIP suggests there are stabler times ahead. Unfortunately, a start against the deep Cleveland lineup is on tap for Hammel.
It's pretty rare a pitcher can allow 10 hits and still add a tally in the wins column, but the Minnesota offense did its part Sunday. Hughes sports a 5.06 ERA, 1.43 WHIP and 5.74 K/9, so while his four victories are impressive, the rest of his stat line doesn't move the fantasy needle. The veteran righty draws a tough matchup against Boston for his next start.
Montgomery cruised through five innings having allowed just one run, but he ran into trouble in the sixth and allowed the first two men to reach -- both of whom later came around to score -- before being pulled with no outs. The left-hander reached a new season high in free passes as he struggled with his command at times, but he also tied a personal best with seven punchouts to raise his K/9 to 9.7. Montgomery will take a 4.15 ERA into Saturday's matchup with the Cubs.
Miley struggled with his command and routinely allowed men on base, but he mitigated the damage by limiting the extra-base hits and inducing a pair of double-plays. Walks have been a real problem for the lefty this season and this display bumped his BB/9 up to a staggaring 5.5. Luckily, he has also produced a stellar K/9 of 11 to help him battle through numerous jams. Miley still owns a 2.32 ERA despite some adventurous outings and will look to tighten things up Friday against the White Sox.
Jimenez has struggled mightily in the majors this season. He's thrown 4.1 innings over five games and has given up six runs on two walks and five hits, two of which were home runs. In a corresponding move, Chad Bell was recalled from Fresno.
Jayson Aquino had been scheduled to start Tuesday, but after being used in Saturday's game the need for a different starter arose. Asher started a game against the Blue Jays earlier in the season. It was a solid outing and he gave up just a single run over 6.1 innings. However, since then he's been used as a reliever and pitched just two innings across two games.
The southpaw's rebound campaign continues to gain momentum, and Keuchel sports a high-end 1.21 ERA, 0.81 WHIP and 7.25 K/9. The uptick in strikeouts was encouraging Sunday, and with ace pitchers dropping like flies around the league, Keuchel return to his Cy Young form has been all the more valuable. He'll look to stay undefeated against the Angels in his next start.
Gonzalez was knocked around early and often in this one, allowing a whopping 15 baserunners while recording 18 outs. All things considered, he did reasonably well to limit the runs on his ledger aside from a four-run rally in the fourth inning during which seven men reached base. Gonzalez was lights out through his first 27 innings this season and will look to move past this rough outing Friday against the Orioles.
Zimmermann struggled with his command at times, throwing just 58 percent of his pitches for strikes, and he was forced to navigate around trouble often. Still, he didn't allow many significant rallies and had only allowed a pair of runs before a leadoff homer by Todd Frazier chased him from the game in the sixth inning. Zimmermann surrendered five runs in three consecutive appearances prior to Sunday's outing, but he took a step in the right direction and will look to improve on his 6.18 ERA Friday in a favorable matchup against the Athletics.
Tomlin, who was staked to a huge early lead, allowed a solo home run in the second before surrendering three more runs with no outs in the sixth. He needed just 86 pitches before his removal, throwing 63 percent for strikes, and he boosted his K:BB to 17:3 with another sound performance in that department. Tomlin tossed back-to-back quality starts after a dismal start to the season, and while Sunday's outing was not quite as effective, he seems to be trending in the right direction ahead of Friday's favorable matchup against the Royals.