Chris Capuano (Dodgers)
(5-1, 1.35 ERA, 40 IP, 22 H, 6 ER, 38 K, 10 BB)
The former New York Met has enjoyed his new stay in California, putting together a string of strong outings for the Dodgers game after game. Capuano has only allowed six hits in his last two starts and continues to shrink his ERA after each start. The southpaw is also striking out a decent amount of batters in each start, earning a polished record of 7-1 thus far for the regular season.
Bud Norris (Astros)
(4-0, 1.69 ERA, 37.1 IP, 30 H, 7 ER, 40 K, 14 BB)
Norris recently slipped up in his most recent start two days ago against the Dodgers, allowing 8 hits and 3 earned runs. Before that, Norris was carrying a five-game winning streak, striking out batters at will while limiting his hits allowed in each start. The 27-year-old has allowed just one home run in his last six starts and can become a treasure to pick up in most drafts because of his durability on the mound. Look for Norris to rebound in his next start after getting roughed up in Los Angeles last week.
Cole Hamels (Phillies)
(4-0, 1.75 ERA, 36 IP, 26 H, 7 ER, 36 K, 10 BB)
Hamels remains as the top pitcher within Philadelphia’s robust pitching rotation so far. He’s currently on a four-game winning streak heading into his start against the Mets on Memorial Day. Hamels has just 15 earned runs in all of his 62 innings pitched for the regular season, being nothing but consistent on the mound for the Phils. Considering this is his contract year, Cole should continue to put up stellar numbers for weeks to come.
Gio Gonzalez (Nationals)
(5-1, 2.37 ERA, 38 IP, 20 H, 10 ER, 52 K, 18 BB)
Washington continues to ride off Gio’s efficiency on the mound this season. The 26-year-old slinger has thrown 107 or more pitches in his last four starts, while riding a five-game winning streak. Last night he was able to showcase his strikeout abilities against the Braves, fanning 10 batters while allowing just one hit in his seven innings of action. Gonzalez is currently one of the hottest pitchers in the league right now, holding a season record of 7-1 with 79 strikeouts for the Nationals.
Justin Verlander (Tigers)
(3-1, 1.89 ERA, 38 IP, 22 H, 8 ER, 40 K, 7 BB)
Detroit’s ace is coming off a rough start against Cleveland last Thursday, allowing 6 hits and 2 earned runs. Prior to that, Verlander was cruising against mediocre teams such as Oakland, Seattle and Pittsburgh. He’s still tallying up those strikeouts this season though, with 19 K’s in his last two starts. His season ERA stands at 2.15 so far, with a total of 75 strikeouts up to date.
R.A. Dickey (Mets)
(4-0, 2.23 ERA, 40.1 IP, 29 H, 10 ER, 39 K, 9 BB)
The 37-year-old knuckleball pitcher has surprised most fans with his 7-1 start to the season. Dickey is a definite risk to take a shot on when drafting, but his numbers have been solid all year for the Mets. He’s won his last five starts, with 29 K’s in his last three outings. In his last start against San Diego, Dickey was able to go seven innings deep, allowing just three hits and no runs.
Honorable Mentions: James McDonald (Pirates), Brandon Beachy (Braves), Ryan Vogelsong (Giants), Johan Santana (Mets), Felipe Paulino (Royals), Jeff Samardzija (Cubs)