The All-Star Break is a time to reflect on the happenings of the first few months of the season. It’s also a time to catch your breath in the biggest marathon of fantasy sports.
Rather than resting on our laurels, though, let’s take a look at some pitchers that got off to a rough start and see if they will rebound in the second half.
Matt Cain, San Francisco Giants
Cain has been struggling this year, going 5-6 with a 5.06 ERA. The bright spot has been his 1.18 WHIP. Cain has been better in the second half throughout his career, sporting a 3.14 ERA and 1.13 WHIP compared to 3.59 and 1.21 before the All-Star Game.
He has been terrible in two July starts, so the break could not have come at a better time. He should be better after the rest.
R.A. Dickey, Toronto Blue Jays
Dickey is 8-10 with a 4.69 ERA. He has allowed six or more runs in seven starts this year. He has been terrible at home, with a 5.83 ERA. Toronto just isn’t a good fit for Dickey. Not only is he struggling to pitch at the Rogers Centre this year, his career mark there is 6.01.
Playing in the American League East with the Boston Red Sox, Baltimore Orioles and Tampa Bay Rays will make it difficult for Dickey to come around. He will still have his moments, but the consistency should continue to be an issue.
Cole Hamels, Philadelphia Phillies
Hamels is 4-11, but his ERA (4.11) and WHIP (1.24) aren’t terrible. He has been dominant in his last two outings, allowing two earned runs in 15 innings. His ERA after the All-Star break for his career is 3.08, compared to 3.63 prior. He should continue to turn things around.
Yovani Gallardo, Milwaukee Brewers
Gallardo looked like he figured things about before allowing 17 runs (15 earned) over 13 innings in his past three starts. He is currently 7-8 with a 4.85 ERA and 1.46 WHIP.
As inconsistent as he has been, I don’t expect him to dominate in the second half. The Brewers are terrible and things could get even worse if Ryan Braun gets suspended.
Jon Lester, Boston Red Sox
After winning his first six decisions, Lester has gone 2-5. His ERA and WHIP have climbed to 4.60 and 1.37 respectively. His ERA after the break throughout his career is 33 points higher than his pre-break numbers. Add in last year's struggles and there isn't any reason to believe things will get drastically better. I don’t see a strong finish for Lester.
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