Because of Wright's knuckleball style and age (31), the Red Sox are less worried about the potential pratfalls of a big innings jump than they would other pitchers.
The righty holds a 6.75 ERA in May and has been outpitched by Jon Niese and Jeff Locke, both of whom were thought to be on the rotation bubble at one time or another. Nicasio registered a 3.86 ERA in 2015 as a reliever and Pittsburgh could use additional bullpen help. His fastball, which averaged 95.1 mph out of the pen last year, has dropped to 93.3 mph.
As per usual, Volquez kept the ball on the ground, generating double-digit groundballs for the fourth straight start and ninth time in 11 outings this season. He was in line to take the loss Sunday, getting outdueled by Chris Sale, but the Royals were able to stage another late-inning rally to get him off the hook. Volquez will next take to the mound Friday in Cleveland.
Eovaldi improved his ratios to a 3.71 ERA and 1.17 WHIP. Meanwhile his opposing number Jake Odorizzi allowed just one hit, but it was a two-run homer by Starlin Castro, enough to get Eovaldi the win.
He was in line to become the majors' first 10-game winner this season before the White Sox bullpen once again fell apart. It was still Sale's ninth quality start in 11 trips to the mound and fourth in his last five outings, and he's struck out at least six batters in seven straight starts and 10 of 11 this season. He'll take another shot at win No. 10 in Detroit on Saturday.
Fister has registered quality starts in seven of the past eight games, and even though he walked four - his highest total since April 25 - he kept the team in the game. The six strikeouts tied a season-high mark for him, and he will look to keep it going in his next start against Oakland next Friday.
Tropeano was hit hard all game long, and to make matters even worse he has problems to find the strike zone as the five walks tied a season-high mark for him. Sunday's outing cut a streak of four games allowing three or less earned runs, and the 25-year-old will try to bounce back in his next start against the Pirates on Saturday.
Odorizzi retired the first 16 batters he faced before one batter reached on an error. He allowed just the one hit and one walk, while striking out six.
The only run came on a solo shot by Tyler Goeddel. Lackey enjoyed a strong May, reeling off six quality starts in six trips to the mound with a 2.09 ERA and 40:11 K:BB in 43 innings, and he'll look to continue his run of success Friday at home against the Diamondbacks.
That's now two starts in a row where Velasquez hasn't been able to complete five innings, and he's served up five homers over that span. His upside is still tremendous, but the 23-year-old will need to sharpen his command within the strike zone to add some consistency to his arsenal. He'll next take the hill Friday at home against the Brewers.