and the MLB All-Star game go hand-in-hand during the month of July. It
also denotes the start of the 2nd half of the MLB campaign.
And as we’ve come to learn the key to each and every team’s fortune lies on the
pitching staff. Can they sustain or will they unravel like Jose Canseco
going back on a fly ball? Stay tuned. What we do know is that
certain pitchers love hurling this time of the season while others tend to get
lit up like a roman candle on the 4th of July.
below are hurlers that have enjoyed a two-to-one or better success ratio in
team-starts over the course of the last three seasons during the month of July.
On the flip side, we've also listed pitchers that struggle in July, winning 33%
percent or less of their team-start efforts. To qualify pitchers must have made
a minimum of 10 starts, with at least one start each July over the last three
years. And for your convenience alongside each record we break down each
pitcher’s greatest success or greatest failure rate either home (H) or away (A)
within his good or bad month.
* designates a categorical repeat appearance by this pitcher, maintaining
status quo from last season’s July list.
9-4 (5-1 H)
Miami left-hander has not been terribly effective with an ERA hovering around
5. If Chen can develop more command, he's shown again this year he's tough when
in challenging situations, allowing .186 batting average and .271 on-base
percentage with runners in scoring position.
Matt • 9-3
coming back from spring training injury on June 14th, the Milwaukee
right-hander has been a mix of good and bad, but come through when it counted.
Opposing hitters are batting over .300 against Garza, but he's held those
runners in check and induced a heavy dose of ground balls that have led to
outs. If he continues, this Brewers starter might be effective.
Zack • 11-4
Arizona is falling short of preseason expectations, the Diamondbacks ace is not
and, other than Clayton Kershaw, has arguably been as effective as any pitcher
since the end of April with batters hitting around .200 against him. Once again
his array of pitches are finding the right spots and fastball is cooking!
Scott • 10-5
Kazmir misses on location for fastball, the other team's lineup begins to look
for off-speed stuff, which has caused his inconsistency this season. When he's
working the corners on the knees early in the count, this sets up secondary
pitches. In the past he's done so in July, let's see what he comes up with this
12-3 (8-0 A)
either Kershaw loses or has a less than stellar performance, which is
infrequent, it is home page news on most sports websites. With opponents
batting just .185 against him, baseball's best pitcher has close to as many
home runs surrendered (6) as walks (9) to start the month over 121 innings.
It’s no wonder his name is whispered in the same company as Sandy Koufax.
Corey • 13-4
winning the Cy Young award in 2014, Kluber has not been able to match that
magical season, but is part of a very good Cleveland rotation. Looking ahead,
if the Indians righty can do a better job than permitting .281 batting averages
with runners in scoring position, all his numbers will drop and his victories
will go up. Note: Kluber’s numbers above also reflect his career team mark
12-2 (7-0 H)
several fine seasons with Pittsburgh, Liriano has not been effective in 2016.
Walks and home runs have done him in and in order to reflect past results of
July, he's going to have to stop leaving pitches in the heart of the
Wily • 8-4
has been thoroughly ineffective all season (6.68 ERA) and was sent to minors
after June 11th start. His return this month or this season depends on his
Triple-A results. Note: Peralta’s numbers above also reflect his career team
mark during July.
David • 11-5
date, the Boston lefty could be described as a mild disappointment, with an ERA
north of 4.5 most of the season. No longer owning an upper 90's heater, Price
does not blow away as many hitters as before and the fastball lacks some of the
previous movement of the past. The slider has not had the usual bite from start
to start. Red Sox need this ace to be one.
Tyson • 10-4
has not pitched since he hit the DL with right shoulder inflammation after
first start in April. San Diego Union reports a return even this month appears
Ross’ numbers above also reflect his career team mark during July.
Ervin • 11-4
his teammates, Santana is not having a good year, as opposing hitters are
clocking him for nearly .300 average, compared to .256 over his 11-year career.
Little reason to believe this month will match the past even if he improves
with this Twins club.
10-5 (6-1 A)
a frontline hurler, Volquez numbers this campaign have matched the Royals,
being very ordinary to date. The Dominican Republic native has done the job
against right-handed batters, who have been knocking him around for nearly .300
Alex • 4-8 (0-6 A)
– the only pitcher to appear on the July Bad Month list this season - was
initially expected to be shut down for four weeks after landing on the 15-day
disabled list at the end of May with a posterior impingement in his throwing
elbow. Currently, the timetable is for mid-July return, but the oft-injured
pitcher can hardly be counted on as record shows. Note: Wood’’s numbers above
reflect his career team mark during July.
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