July 11, 2014
COLUMBIA, Mo. -Mizzou alumni have performed very well in the last week of play around the MLB. Max Scherzer return to ace form to pick up two more victories, increasing his win total to 11. For Scherzer's performance so far this season, he was picked to play in his second All-Star Game. Aaron Crow has not allowed an earned run in his last ten outings and Ian Kinsler's season so far has him ranked near the top in eight of 14 hitting categories among second baseman.
Max Scherzer - Detroit Tigers - Seventh Season - Starting Pitcher
The Mizzou alum Max Scherzer has had two strong outings in his last two starts. On July 3 against the Tampa Bay Rays, Scherzer earned a win while pitching eight innings. The Tiger ace allowed just one earned run on two hits and a walk while striking out seven batters. He earned another victory in his next start against the Los Angeles Dodgers, pitching seven innings while allowing one earned run on four hits and two walks while striking out seven batters again. Scherzer is now 11-3 on the season with a 3.35 ERA. Scherzer ranks in the top five in numerous categories in the American League, including second in wins (11), fifth in innings pitched (126.1), second in strikeouts (146), and fourth in win percentage (.786)
Ian Kinsler - Detroit Tigers - Ninth Season - Second Base
Ian Kinsler hot start has carried over into July. The Tiger leadoff hitter has hit safely in nine of his last ten ball games. In that stretch, he has seven hits, one home run, and seven RBIs. Widely considered as one of the top all-star snubs after being left off the roster, Kinsler is hitting .305 on the season with 11 home runs and 49 RBIs. Kinsler's 64 runs on the season is second among American Leaguers. In a league full of good hitting second basemen, Kinsler ranks in the top five among his position in eight of 14 hitting categories including at-bats (367), runs (64), hits (112), doubles (26), RBIs (49), batting average (.305), slugging percentage (.477), and on-base plus slugging percentage (.816).
Kyle Gibson - Minnesota Twins - Second Season - Starting Pitcher
Kyle Gibson pitched six scoreless innings and earned a victory in Seattle on July 9. The win will serve as a moral booster to Gibson who has struggled pitching on the road this season. Gibson allowed seven hits and a walk while striking out three Mariners'. Gibson's home and away split is as different as night and day this season with a 2.51 ERA at home and a 4.97 ERA on the road. The 6'6" righty is now 8-7 on the season with a 3.92 ERA and 53 strikeouts over 101 innings this season.
Aaron Crow - Kansas City Royals - Fourth Season - Relief Pitcher
Since last checking in with Aaron Crow, he picked up a victory on July 9 at Tampa Bay after pitching a scoreless inning. Crow has not allowed an earned run in any of his last ten outings. Crow is now 4-1 on the year with a 2.39 ERA. He has allowed an earned run to come home in just four of his 41 appearances. Opponents are hitting just .215 against the former Tiger. The Topeka, Kansas native has been lights out on the road this season, posting a 0.86 ERA in 23 appearances.
Nick Tepesch - Texas Rangers - Second Season - Starting Pitcher
Nick Tepesch suffered a loss on July 6 at the New York Mets. Tepesch threw six innings in the start, allowing six earned runs on five hits and four walks while striking out four batters. The 6'4" righty is now 3-4 on the season with a 4.29 ERA in nine starts this season.
Matt Stites - Arizona Diamondbacks - First Season - Relief Pitcher
Matt Stites has pitched in 11 games since being called up the big league ball club this season. He has allowed three earned runs in 10.1 innings pitched, posting a 2.61 ERA. The former Tiger has struck out ten batters in that span while walking five. The Diamondbacks have shown confidence in the young Stites, turning to him in five of their last eight games.
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