by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
Travis Wood went on a strikeout binge, with 11 K against the Rockies, though still allowed 4 ER on 6.0 IP and owns a 5.10 ERA. Alex Wood bounces back, after taking a beating at the hands of the Padres, to hold the Dodgers to 1 R over 7.0 IP (with 8 K), though he was matched pitch-for-pitch by Zack Greinke (8.0 IP, 1 R, 13 K). Yovani Gallardo reminded us how good he can be, with 7.0 shutout innings against the Rays. What else happened on the day before the Trade Deadline? Let’s take a look:
1) Corey Kluber dominates…
And that may be putting it mildly as it took him just 85 pitches to throw a complete game shutout against the Mariners. Think with that few pitches he couldn’t generate strikeouts? He had 8 K, 0 BB and allowed just 3 H to improve to 11-6 with a 2.61 ERA and 1.08 WHIP. He entered the day with a 9.76 K/9, 1.99 BB/9 and 48.6% groundball rate so it’s easy to like what he brings to the table. He’s quickly emerged as one of the better starters in baseball and there’s no reason to think that it’s not going to continue.