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Drew Smyly earns the top spot on the best list. Admittedly, his cause is helped by the surprise nature of his first month. With Doug Fister getting injured in his first start and not playing since and the rollercoaster of badness that Max Scherzer and Rick Porcello have been, the team needed a solid starter to emerge.
Smyly has not been perfect but seems to have a knack for pitching out of jams. In the first inning of his first game, he loaded the bases only to get the next three outs without giving up a run. He has given up three home runs in four starts and 18 hits in 22 innings. He does tend to roll up a high pitch count, which has kept him from getting to the seventh inning in any of his games.
Despite those numbers, he has put the team in a position to win every single game. The bullpen cost him wins in his first three starts, but he finally earned his first win in New York. He has a surprising 1.23 ERA to go along with 22 strikeouts.
He has joined Justin Verlander as the only other reliable starter on the team. Hopefully this is not just his Chris Shelton month but, rather, a sign of things to come.