With Dallas Keuchel out, the rest of the American League failed to capitalize on the opportunity to jump ahead of him. Here’s out recap of last week.
The Good: Dallas Keuchel (Astros) and Max Scherzer (Nationals)
Our rankings from last week remain the same. In the American League, Mariners pitcher James Paxton had a rough week, sinking his chances of taking the lead and Chris Sale was stellar again, but a hard-luck loser to the Phillies.
Scherzer continues to battle with Kershaw, but at the moment, Scherzer is just on fire. In his last five starts, he has struck out 58 batters, reaching the double-digit mark in each appearance, and allowed just six runs, holding a 1.35 ERA during that span.
The Bad: James Paxton (Mariners) and Bronson Arroyo (Reds)
Paxton was on fire to start the year before missing most of May with a forearm strain. Last week was a rough one for him, where he lost his first two games of the season, lasted just 7 2/3 innings combined in both starts, surrendered 11 total runs, including seven in a beatdown on Friday against Texas. His ERA entering last week was 1.69, now it is 3.23.
Arroyo continues to struggle in Cincinnati, allowing 23 home runs at a whopping 2.92 home runs allowed per nine innings pitched – both of which are the worst in the majors. He was placed on the disabled list this week and acknowledged that his career may be over.
The Ugly: Buck Farmer (Tigers) and Zack Wheeler (Mets)
Both pitchers made two starts in the past week and were bludgeoned in both appearances. Farmer allowed five home runs and 13 runs across two starts, pitching just 4 2/3 innings in the process. Wheeler went just 3 2/3 innings in two starts and allowed 15 earned runs and five home runs. Wheeler allowed 17 fly balls and just three grounders in those appearances.