Who’s Hot, Who’s Not: Angels’ Richards, Mets’ Colon sizzling in June

(Clockwise from top left) LA Angels' Garrett Richards, NY Mets' Bartolo Colon, Colorado's Corey Dickerson and Detroit's Ian Kinsler are this week's hottest pitchers and hitters.

Some have slumped, while others have simmered. Here’s our weekly review of who’s running hot and cold around Major League Baseball.

Stats through June 26

HOT PITCHERS

AL — Garrett Richards, Los Angeles Angels

Richards went 4-1 with a 2.31 ERA in six starts from May 30-June 25. The right-hander allowed nine runs, 25 hits and struck out 37 in the stretch. He won four consecutive decisions from June 4-25, part of a month that includes a 1.05 ERA and 35 strikeouts to 11 walks. Overall, he’s 8-2 with a 2.76 ERA in 16 starts this season.

NL — Bartolo Colon, New York Mets

Colon went 5-0 with a 1.45 ERA in six starts from May 28-June 24. The right-hander allowed nine runs (seven earned), 31 hits and struck out 34 in the stretch. He won six consecutive decisions from May 17-June 24. Overall, he’s 8-5 with a 3.67 ERA in 15 starts this season.

HOT HITTERS

AL — Ian Kinsler, Detroit Tigers

Kinsler hit .462 (12 for 26) with two home runs and seven RBI in six games from June 20-26. He had five multi-hit games in the span, including going 3 for 5 with one RBI in a victory over the Cleveland Indians on June 22. He has hit .302 with nine home runs and 39 RBI this season.

NL — Corey Dickerson, Colorado Rockies

Dickerson hit .483 (14 for 29) with two home runs and seven RBI in seven games from June 20-26. He had four multi-hit games in the span, including going 4 for 5 with one home run and three RBI in a loss to the Milwaukee Brewers on June 20. He has hit .354 with 10 home runs and 31 RBI this season.

HOT TEAMS

AL — Detroit Tigers

The Tigers went 6-0 in games from June 20-26. The stretch included three-game sweeps of the Cleveland Indians and Texas Rangers. The Tigers scored at least six runs in five of the victories. Their streak followed a span from June 8-18 when they lost seven of 10 games. At 43-32, they lead the Kansas City Royals by 4½ games in the American League Central.

NL — Los Angeles Dodgers

The Dodgers won five of seven games from June 20-26. The run was part of a larger streak that included 10 victories in 13 games from June 13-26. They held opponents to two runs or fewer in four games from June 20-26, and tossed two shutouts in the stretch. At 45-36, they trail the San Francisco Giants by two games in the National League West.

(Clockwise from top left) Texas’ Nick Martinez, Arizona’s Brandon McCarthy, Philadelphia’s Carlos Ruiz and Boston’s Stephen Drew and  are this week’s slumping pitchers and hitters.

COLD PITCHERS

AL — Nick Martinez, Texas Rangers

Martinez went 0-4 with a 7.62 ERA in six starts from May 29-June 26. The right-hander allowed 26 runs (24 earned), 42 hits and walked 15 in the span. He’s 0-4 with a 7.94 ERA in five June starts. Overall, he’s 1-5 with a 4.65 ERA in 15 appearances (10 starts) this season.

NL — Brandon McCarthy, Arizona Diamondbacks

McCarthy went 0-4 with a 6.59 ERA in five starts from May 31-June 21. The right-hander allowed 21 runs, 43 hits and walked six in the span. He’s 0-3 with a 5.92 ERA in four June starts. Overall, he’s 1-10 with a 5.38 ERA in 16 starts this season.

COLD HITTERS

AL — Stephen Drew, Boston Red Sox

Drew went 0 for 19 with four strikeouts in five games from June 20-25. The slump is part of a larger slide that included him going hitless in seven games from June 18-25. He has hit just .122 with one RBI and 13 strikeouts in 49 June at-bats since making his playing debut for Boston on June 2.

NL — Carlos Ruiz, Philadelphia Phillies

Ruiz hit .043 (1 for 23) with four strikeouts in seven games from June 20-26. His lone hit in the span came on a single in a victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on June 20. He has hit .257 with two home runs and 14 RBI this season.

COLD TEAMS

AL — Texas Rangers

The Rangers went 0-6 in games from June 20-26. The slide included three-game sweeps by the Los Angeles Angels and Detroit Tigers. Texas allowed at least six runs four times in the losses from June 20-26. The slump was part of a 1-9 run from June 15-26. At 35-43, Texas is fourth in the AL West, 13 games behind the Oakland Athletics.

NL — Colorado Rockies

The Rockies went 1-6 in games from June 20-26. The stretch included four losses to the Milwaukee Brewers and two in a three-game series against the St. Louis Cardinals. The Rockies allowed at least seven runs in five games from June 20-26. At 35-44, they’re in third in the NL West, 11 games behind the Giants.

TWEET OF THE WEEK

What do you get when you cross the national pastime with the world’s game? Patriotic pride. Of course, this is baseball season. But it’s easy to see the World Cup in Brazil capture attention in ballparks throughout the country, from clubhouse televisions to giant videoboards beyond the outfield. The United States, despite a loss to Germany on Thursday, advanced beyond group play and is set to face Belgium on Tuesday in the Round of 16. A’s outfielder Josh Reddick, like many others who call baseball their livelihood, approved of the soccer development.

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