Who’s Hot, Who’s Not: Darvish dominating, Lewis not so much

(Clockwise from top left) Texas' Yu Darvish, San Francisco's Madison Bumgarner, St. Louis' Matt Carpenter and Toronto's Jose Bautista 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 5


AL — Yu Darvish, Texas Rangers

Darvish went 3-1 with a 1.14 ERA in four starts from May 9-June 1. The right-hander allowed just four runs and 18 hits in the span, and he lasted at least eight innings in all but one of the appearances. On June 1, he struck out 12 and allowed no runs and five hits in a victory over the Washington Nationals. Overall, he’s 5-2 with a 2.08 ERA and 83 strikeouts this season.

NL — Madison Bumgarner, San Francisco Giants


Bumgarner went 5-0 with a 2.20 ERA in six starts from May 9-June 5. The left-hander lasted at least seven innings in three consecutive starts from May 25-June 5. In two of those appearances, on May 25 against the Minnesota Twins and May 30 against the St. Louis Cardinals, he matched a season high by striking out 10. He won six consecutive decisions from May 4-June 5. Overall, he’s 8-3 with a 2.68 ERA and 90 strikeouts this season.


AL — Jose Bautista, Toronto Blue Jays

Bautista hit .500 (11 for 22) with one home run and five RBI in six games from May 30-June 5. He had four games with at least two hits in the span, including a 3-for-4 effort with two RBI in a victory over the Detroit Tigers on June 4. He hit safely in 11 games from May 25-June 5. He has hit .320 with 14 home runs and 43 RBI this season.

NL — Matt Carpenter, St. Louis Cardinals

Carpenter hit .542 (13 for 24) with three RBI in seven games from May 30-June 5. He had four multi-hit games in the span, the highlight being a 5-for-5 day with two doubles and two RBI in a victory over the Kansas City Royals on June 4. He has hit .306 with one home run and 21 RBI this season.


AL — Cleveland Indians

The Indians won six consecutive games from May 30-June 4. The run included three-game sweeps of the Colorado Rockies and Boston Red Sox, scoring at least six runs three times in the span. It’s the Indians’ longest winning streak of the season, and at 30-30, they’re third in the American League Central — three games behind the Detroit Tigers. Before June 4, they hadn’t reached .500 since owning an 11-11 mark after play April 24.

NL — Miami Marlins

The Marlins went 4-3 in games from May 30-June 5, with the four victories coming against the Tampa Bay Rays June 2-5. The four-game winning streak is Miami’s best since winning five consecutive from May 4-8. Miami captured its first Citrus Series victory over Tampa Bay since 2010, and earned its first sweep in the series since claiming three consecutive games over the Rays in 2003. At 32-28, the Marlins are tied with the Atlanta Braves for first in the National League East.

(Clockwise from top left) Texas’ Colby Lewis, Colorado’s Juan Nicasio, Pittsburgh’s Starling Marte and Seattle’s Justin Smoak are this week’s coldest pitchers and hitters.


AL — Colby Lewis, Texas Rangers

Lewis went 0-1 with an 8.44 ERA in starts against the Washington Nationals on May 30 and Baltimore Orioles on June 5. The right-hander allowed 11 runs (10 earned) and 16 hits in 10 2/3 innings. He struggled through six starts in May, when he posted a 3-3 mark with a 5.85 ERA. Overall, he’s 4-4 with a 5.77 ERA and 46 strikeouts this season.

NL — Juan Nicasio, Colorado Rockies

Nicasio went 0-2 with a 10.80 ERA in starts against the Cleveland Indians on May 30 and Arizona Diamondbacks on June 5. The right-hander allowed 12 runs and 20 hits in 10 innings during the appearances, his worst two-start stretch of the season. Before the slide, he had won three of four decisions from May 1-24. Overall, he’s 5-4 with a 4.68 ERA and 42 strikeouts this season.


AL — Justin Smoak, Seattle Mariners

Smoak hit .091 (2 for 22) with nine strikeouts in six games from May 30-June 4. He struck out at least twice in three games during the span, and he has been held without hits in consecutive contests since earning one each on May 27 and May 28 against the Los Angeles Angels. He has hit .211 with seven home runs and 29 RBI this season.

NL — Starling Marte, Pittsburgh Pirates

Marte went 0 for 16 in six games from May 30-June 4. He struck out eight times in the slump and walked just twice. His last multihit game was when he went 2 for 3 in a victory over the Washington Nationals on May 24. He has hit .235 with four home runs and 17 RBI this season.


AL — Tampa Bay Rays

The Rays went 0-7 in games from May 30-June 5. The slump is part of a larger skid that includes a major-worst 10 consecutive losses from May 26-June 5. They were held to two or fewer runs five times from May 30-June 5, proof of a sputtering offense that ranks 24th in the majors with 228 runs scored. At 23-38, they’re last in the AL East and own the majors’ worst record.

NL — Colorado Rockies

The Rockies lost six consecutive games from May 30-June 5, part of an NL-worst seven-game losing streak from May 28-June 5. The skid includes three-game sweeps by the Cleveland Indians and Arizona Diamondbacks. The slump is part of a 2-11 slide from May 21-June 5. Colorado is third in the NL West at 28-31, 10½ games behind the San Francisco Giants.


So long, Zim. Baseball lost a friend, mentor and legend this week. Don Zimmer died Wednesday night in Dunedin, Fla., at age 83. He spent 66 years in professional baseball as a player, coach and manager, and served as a senior advisor for the Rays since January 2004. Words fail to capture the impact he left on so many for so long, from Jackie Robinson’s era to the New York Yankees’ dynasty to the present day. So we’ll present a simple offering: Thank you for everything.

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