The injury-plagued 33-year-old didn't pitch poorly, but he would've been tagged with the loss had it not been for a four-run rally the Dodgers put together in the ninth inning to win the game. McCarthy displayed good command, throwing 59 of his 86 pitches for strikes, which kept his team in the game enough to come back in the end. Interestingly, this outing is arguably his worst of the season, as the four runs he allowed is the most he's given up all season, although his ERA still sits at a pretty 3.10 mark. It's unclear when McCarthy's next start will come due to the recent callup of uber-prospect Julio Urias and the impending activation of Rich Hill (finger) from the disabled list, but things should become clearer as the week rolls along.
The 23-year-old starter has been incredibly effective this season, and Saturday night was no different. 68 of his 103 offerings went for strikes, and although he didn't miss too many bats, he kept the Dodgers at bay by inducing 12 groundouts (as opposed to just two flyouts). Unfortunately, a ninth-inning implosion by the bullpen kept Eflin from picking up his first win of the season, but he'll look to pick that up in his upcoming start Thursday against the Cubs.
The hamstring issue nagging the veteran starter since his last start didn't appear to hinder him Saturday, as he managed to produce a season-high in the strikeout category while firing 57 of his 86 offerings for strikes. Cain's strong showing also lowered his ERA to 2.30, the lowest mark of his career. Unfortunately, the bullpen squandered his outstanding outing as soon as he left the game, but he'll look to produce a victory in his next start Friday against the Reds.
Arizona's ace wasn't as sharp as he's known to be, as each run he gave up came via a solo home run. Despite this, he continued to fan batters and escape jams despite needing 107 pitches to get through six frames. Greinke unfortunately didn't get to pick up the win thanks to a ninth-inning implosion by closer Fernando Rodney. The 33-year-old's ERA still sits at a solid 3.19 mark, and he'll look to improve upon that in his next start Thursday in Washington.
The former first-round draft pick hasn't been able to live up to his high expectations thus far, as Saturday's outing raised his ERA to a lofty 7.71 mark. More concerning was that Anderson gave up three home runs, marking the sixth straight start with a home run allowed. Fortunately, he avoided taking the loss thanks to a three-run rally in the ninth inning by the Rockies that propelled them to victory, but that hardly masks the poor outing the 27-year-old put together. Anderson will look to right the ship in a rematch with the Diamondbacks on Friday.
Lackey never held the lead while he was on the mound, but the Cubbies scored three runs in the top of the seventh to put Chicago ahead for good and hand the veteran his second win of the season. He's battled in every outing and sports an impressive 9.0 K/9 and 25.0 strikeout percentage but the 5.10 ERA is a real eyesore. It's definitely encouraging that Lackey has gone exactly six innings in all five starts, though. He'll look to make it two wins in a row against the Phillies next week.
Cain left his previous start Monday with a hamstring injury, but it appears he's ready to go following a clean MRI. The veteran right-hander is off to a great start his season with a 2.42 ERA and 15 strikeouts, plus has a 7.9 K/9 against Colorado in his career.
Hill threw a simulated game Saturday, so it appears he's improving fast enough to warrant a shot at regular action. Roberts added that Thursday's start will last four innings or 60 pitches and the long-term goal is to bring him back as a starter, so expect the southpaw to see a couple appearances of this nature before he returns to the rotation. Alex Wood will likely return to the minors or be sent to the bullpen when that happens, though the Dodgers will initially carry six starters for their series next weekend in San Diego.
Miller made his decision after meeting with multiple doctors, though his transfer to the 60-day DL effectively foreshadowed an end to his 2017 season. The 26-year-old was trying to improve upon his dismal 2016 showing, when he posted a 6.15 ERA and a 1.67 WHIP over 20 games in his debut season with Arizona. Instead, he'll undergo the dreaded procedure which will keep him out 12-18 months, meaning he'll be in line for a return late next season, if that. The D-Backs, meanwhile, will have to move on with Zach Godley, or another replacement in the rotation.
It's the next step in the path to recovery for Hill, who has missed the better part of April while recovering from a blister injury. The southpaw could return to action as a long reliever, though that decision likely won't be made by manager Dave Roberts until he's good to go. Hill has dealt with blister injuries throughout his career, limiting his overall effectiveness as a starter.