The right-hander was hitting 94 mph with his fastball and struck out the side in his final inning of work, throwing 36 pitches (26 strikes) in total. Harvey's making good progress in his recovery from shoulder muscle weakness and a stress reaction in his shoulder blade, but as yet the Mets haven't announced where or when his next rehab start will take place. If everything goes smoothly from here, though, Harvey should be ready to rejoin the big-league rotation just in time for rosters to expand in September.
Although he was able to notch a quality start, it wasn't Darvish's finest outing; he served up a season-high three homers while failing to strikeout three batters for the first time in his career (125 starts). He left the game in line for a loss, but a ninth inning rally from the Dodgers got him off the hook and left his undefeated record as a Dodger. He now boasts a 2.50 ERA and 22:4 K:BB in three starts (18 innings) for his new team, so look for him to turn in another quality outing when he faces off against a slumping Pittsburgh team Tuesday.
Gray didn't have to do much to get in the win column, as the Rockies put up 14 runs through the first five innings, but he still managed to toss his third quality start over his last four tries. He's been rock solid since giving up eight runs to the Mets right after the All-Star break, registering a 3.72 ERA and 35:8 K:BB across six starts (36.1 innings). He'll look to keep things rolling when he toes the rubber next against the Royals on Tuesday.
After striking out 11 hitters in a quality start to begin the month, Foltynewicz has turned in consecutive poor outings, allowing a combined 14 runs over just six innings. His ERA now sits at an unimpressive 4.75 through 127 innings (22 starts), though he is striking batters out at a solid clip (8.6 K/9). He'll look to turn things around when he faces the Mariners on Monday.
Lackey had won each of his past five outings with a 3.42 ERA, 1.33 WHIP and 7.9 K/9 during that stretch, so this was another strong outing for the veteran. After all, he worked out of a bases-loaded jam with no outs in the first inning with just the lone run surrendered. Lackey's underwhelming 5.49 FIP shouldn't be ignored, and it's not out of the question to considering fading him in daunting matchups. However, his current form is encouraging, and with the Cubs in contention, it appears the veteran is in line to finish the season strong. Lackey projects to make his next start against the Reds at Great American Ball Park.
Through his first 10 starts of the season, Bailey's allowed two runs or fewer in five outings and 39 runs over 18 innings in the other five games. Wednesday checks out somewhere in between. Bailey got in trouble in the first inning and allowed a grand slam to Anthony Rizzo, but he also showcased his throwback pitch arsenal to pile up 10 punchouts. The veteran righty clearly boasts some upside, but his lack of start-to-start consistency makes him a risky fantasy option in all settings. He lines up to face the Cubs again in his next start, but this time the game will be at Great American Ball Park.
Lynn has outpitched his supporting statistics for most of the season, and despite an underwhelming 4.78 FIP, his 3.05 ERA and 1.17 WHIP are solid marks. He's also now allowed two earned runs or fewer in each of his past nine starts. It's rare for a pitcher to outperform his peripheral numbers for a prolonged period, and Lynn's only fanned 13 batters over 24 innings through his past four starts, so statistical decline looms. Still, the veteran's also clearly locked in, and the Cardinals are building a late-season charge for a postseason berth. Lynn projects to face the Padres at Busch Stadium in his next start.
Aside from a hanging slider in the fourth inning that Aaron Judge annihilated and parked in the upper deck in left field, Gsellman's return to the Mets rotation was a relatively successful one, as he kept the team in the game despite a makeshift infield defense behind him that included catcher Travis d'Arnaud bouncing between third and second base depending on who was at the plate. The right-hander will face another tough test Monday at home against the Diamondbacks.
Walker found out what makes the league's top offense so tough, as his nine hits allowed set a new season worst. The 25-year-old righty has struggled of late, surrendering three or more earned runs in four consecutive starts while pitching no more than six innings in any of those outings. One explanation for Walker's recent downturn could be fatigue, as he's now up to 115 innings pitched and has previously topped 135 only once at any level. If he fails to bounce back in Monday's road tilt with the Mets, it's time to start worrying.
Kershaw was able to get through two simulated innings with no issues Wednesday, so he'll ramp things up in his next scheduled outing, which is set for Monday to keep him on a five-day routine. With High-A Rancho Cucamonga not playing Monday, and Triple-A Oklahoma City playing at Colorado Springs, it seems likely that his next outing will be a simulated game, though he should head out on a rehab assignment after. Barring any setbacks, Kershaw could possibly be back in the Dodgers' rotation before the end of August.