Shoemaker has been absolutely brilliant over his past four starts, all quality starts. In 27.1 innings, he has allowed just five runs (four earned, 1.31 ERA) with 31 strikeouts against five walks. Unfortunately, the Angels have left him with three no-decisions and a loss over that stretch. One has to imagine Shoemaker's decision luck will turn around if he keeps pitching anywhere near this level, but the 32-45 Angels have been particularly awful in June, with an 8-16 record. Shoemaker has been providing big value in rates and strikeouts, but unfortunately the Angels' offense and bullpen can't be trusted to hold up their end of the bargain.
McHugh now has three straight no-decisions despite quality starts in all three outings. He had a tough opening to the season, as he owned a 6.59 ERA after his first six starts, but he has tightened things up since then. In his 10 starts since, he now owns a 3.71 ERA with a sharp 59:17 K:BB. That's right about in line with his performance from 2015 -- 3.89 ERA, 3.2 K/BB in 203.2 innings -- and a fair representation of what to expect from McHugh going forward.
Ross gave up the game's first four runs, but ended up victorious nonetheless in what was ultimately a blowout 11-4 affair. He's now 4-0 in his last seven starts, and has a great chance of keeping the good times rolling with a Saturday home matchup against the Reds next on tap.
Since allowing just one run in a complete game win June 17 against the Rays, Samardzija has given up 12 runs in nine innings in his past two outings. He allowed a home run to Marcus Semien, raising his total to nine allowed in just five starts this month. He allowed four home runs in April and May. Because of his inability to keep the ball in the yard, Samardzija has seen his ERA jump from 2.84 at the end of May to 3.91 after Monday's start.
Mengden was throwing a shutout through seven innings, but allowed two runs in the eighth before being lifted for a reliever. He has now made four starts with the A's and has yet to allow more than three runs in any of the outings while striking out over a batter per inning. Mengden's solid start has solidified his spot in the A's rotation and he is next scheduled to take the hill on Sunday against the Pirates.
Ray has now given up four runs and lost in consecutive starts despite striking out 15 batters combined over those two outings. He has struck out at least six hitters in each of his past seven starts, but it hasn't translated to results. Either he has walked too many batters (3.9 BB/9 entering Monday) or given up too many extra-base hits. Ray kept the ball in the ballpark Monday, but the Phillies managed four doubles against him out of nine hits. Ray's ERA is up to 4.61 despite the fact that he has already reached 100 strikeouts in just 86.1 innings (10.4 K/9).
Velasquez looked great in his first start after a stint on the 15-day disabled list with a biceps issue. He easily could have gone deeper into the game if not for the Phillies taking it slow with him after the injury, as he needed just 84 pitches (including 16 swinging strikes) to get through five innings. This marks his fourth start this season with at least seven strikeouts as he has now whiffed 80 batters in just 66.2 innings (10.8 K/9).
Wainwright looked like he was finally entering his old form this month, with four quality starts in his four previous June outings. But this looked like more of the Wainwright who was touched up for a 5.71 ERA over the season's first two months. He was hurt by a pair of Cardinals errors, but his nine hits allowed marked his most in seven starts. He has allowed nine hits like he did Monday just five times since 2014, with three of those coming this year.
A true saga played out Monday after initial reports surfaced that Syndergaard was pitching through discomfort in his elbow due to a bone spur. Following a poor start that lasted only three innings against the Nationals, Syndergaard flat out denied those reports in front of the media, and even went as far to say that nothing was wrong with his elbow at all. However, it does ultimately seem that the young pitcher faces irritation in his elbow despite him trying to save face in the public eye. Regardless, Syndergaard is not expected to miss any of his scheduled starts.
Gray was touched up for a pair of home runs, from Edwin Encarnacion and Devon Travis, which is almost to be expected against the Blue Jays at Coors Field. Other than that, he was excellent, as he induced nine swinging strikes and eight groundouts over 101 pitches. Gray now has five starts with at least eight strikeouts in 13 outings this year after achieving the mark just once in nine outings last year.