September 14, 2012
Some teams are running six-man rotations and every team seemingly has their rotation in flux, but we’ll try to iron out the two-start pitchers for next week as we inch closer and closer to wrapping up yet another 162.
It’s a full week for the Tigers, giving two of their best pitchers two opportunities each. Fister was originally slated for two this past week, but that was scrapped; now he has the Monday-Saturday pairing while Scherzer has Tuesday-Sunday. Both are pitching out of their minds right now.
Alex Cobb (vs. BOS; vs. TOR) – Even with an outing that saw him yield eight earned in 2 2/3 innings, Cobb still has a strong 3.31 ERA since August 1 (a span of 49 innings). It helps that four of those eight outings saw him give up one or fewer, including an August 23 shutout against Oakland. The best part of Cobb’s surge is the improved peripherals. His season strikeout rate is 6.8 with a 2.8 K/BB, both of which are solid, but during the run he has a 7.5 K/9 with an excellent 4.6 K/BB.
Jeremy Hellickson (vs. BOS; vs. TOR) – Hellickson has maintained a strong ERA all year (never worse than 3.55), but his peripherals weren’t too sharp through June with just a 1.7 K/BB in 81 innings. From July 1 on, he has a 2.99 ERA in 75 1/3 innings but with a much more palatable 2.3 K/BB.