Burnett indicated that he felt terrible much of the year, though he used an unprintable word. Ryne Sandberg said Wednesday, however, that he was unaware of any such problem for Burnett aside from an inguinal hernia that has been known since April.
The veteran starter is 8-17 with a disappointing 4.40 ERA. He leads the majors in losses and walks (87), but is set to make $12.75 million in 2015. Sandberg has been impressed with his durability - Burnett has made 32 starts this season.
"If anything he has displayed just the opposite," Sandberg said about Burnett's health. "Very durable guy with innings, the length that he does give, durable arm. The hernia thing ... from my knowledge, that's been a non-issue."
Stults (7-17) delivered four scoreless innings before running into trouble in the fifth, when the Phillies opened the inning with four singles to score two runs and then followed a sacrifice with a two-run double, which chased the starter from the game. It's the first time since June 8 Stults has failed to finish five innings. He owns a 4.59 ERA and 101:44 K:BB ratio in 162 2/3 innings. Stults is scheduled to face the Rockies Tuesday.
Hamels (9-7) gave up just one run for the second straight start, and he's turned in 11 quality starts in 12 tries in the second half, with the only "off" day resulting in a five-inning, three-run win. He owns an excellent 2.47 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 187:57 K:BB ratio in 189 2/3 innings. Hamels is scheduled to face the Marlins Tuesday.
Wainwright (19-9) moved into a share of the major-league lead in wins with the gem, tossing just 102 pitches in his nine innings of work. It's his fifth complete game and third shutout of the year. Wainwright owns a 2.45 ERA, 1.05 WHIP and 171:49 K:BB ratio in 220 innings. He's slated to take on the Cubs Monday.
Hendricks (7-2) surrendered a run on a groundout in the first inning but was able to bounce back and throw six scoreless innings before exiting after just 80 pitches. It was his first quality start in three September tries. Hendricks owns a 2.28 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and 43:14 K:BB ratio in 75 innings. He's scheduled to face the Cardinals next Wednesday.
Corcino (0-1) has given up just five hits in 11 2/3 innings over his first two starts, but he hasn't been able to break through with a win. The Cubs were able to push both runs across in the second inning after the Reds took a 1-0 lead in the first. Corcino owns a 4.40 ERA, 1.05 WHIP and 13:6 K:BB ratio in 14 1/3 innings. He's not yet scheduled to start again but could slot in next Wednesday.
Gee (7-8) had a pair of runs score in the first inning, one on a wild pitch and the next on an infield single. The Marlins tacked on another run in the second inning before adding to a 3-2 lead in the seventh with an RBI double. Gee, who didn't surrender a home run for the first time in four starts, owns a 3.88 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 92:43 K:BB ratio in 132 1/3 innings. He's scheduled to face the Nationals next Wednesday.
Alvarez (11-6) was staked to a three-run lead early and was able to hold the Mets to a pair of runs on a bases-loaded single in the fifth inning. While his strikeouts have been somewhat lacking all season, the starter still owns a 2.82 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 106:32 K:BB ratio in 172 1/3 innings. He's scheduled to face the Phillies Tuesday.
Liriano allowed one run on three hits over six innings. He had some major control issues during the start, walking five. Liriano struck out two during the outing. Liriano was able to work around this early walks, tossing four scoreless frames to open the game. He gave up his only run in the fifth inning. Liriano allowed a leadoff double to open the frame. That runner advanced to third on a flyout. The run came home after Liriano induced a groundout for the second out of the inning. Liriano lasted one more inning, and was pulled after throwing 99 pitches.
With the win, Liriano improved to 6-10. He’ll take on the Braves in his next start.
Wood (11-10) turned in his 10th straight quality start Wednesday, with the only damage coming on a solo home run in the fifth inning. He's racked up eight strikeouts or more in three of his last four outings. Wood owns a 2.78 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 164:43 K:BB ratio in 165 innings. He's scheduled to face the Pirates Tuesday.