Nolasco (2-4) gave up five runs on seven hits -- including three homers -- and two walks while striking out six over six innings in Wednesday's loss to Tampa Bay. An enduring question: How does Nolasco still have a job in the major leagues after so many years of pitching so badly? He's finished with an ERA worse than the league average in each of the past three seasons and nine of 11 campaigns in his career, and yet Nolasco continues sticking around the league like a bad habit. His ERA this year is only 4.37, but there's a lot of luck baked into that, as Nolasco has been serving up homers like it's going out of style -- a whopping 16 in just 57.2 innings.
Nolasco (2-3) allowed one earned run on four hits and three walks over six innings in a loss to the Mets on Friday. He struck out four. It was a solid outing for the 34-year-old, who threw his third consecutive quality start. He notably didn't allow a home run in this contest after allowing two in each of his last three starts. Nolasco lowered his ERA to 4.01 on the season, and remains a solid streaming option depending upon the matchup. He'll take the mound again Wednesday at Tampa Bay.
Nolasco didn't factor into the decision Saturday versus the Tigers and gave up three earned runs on five hits and four walks over six innings. He struck out four. The veteran right-hander acquitted himself reasonably well but was once again done in by homers. J.D. Martinez opened the scoring on the night with a 398-foot shot in the second with one aboard, and old nemesis Justin Upton, with whom Nolasco has struggled throughout his career, tagged him for a sixth-inning solo shot. The 34-year-old has now given up two homers in each of his last three starts and in three prior trips to the mound as well. His control was also an issue Saturday, with the four free passes he issued serving as a season high. Nolasco will try to get back on track in a Friday road start against the Mets.
Nolasco allowed two runs on five hits (two home runs) while walking none and striking out 10 over seven innings for a no-decision in Monday's 3-2 extra-innings loss to the Athletics. While the season-high 10 strikeouts were nice, Nolasco has now surrendered 11 home runs on the season in his seven starts. Fourteen of the 19 runs he has allowed have come off long balls, and he's prevented the opposition from going yard in just one of his outings. The 34-year-old right-hander lowered his ERA to 4.31 in the 103-pitch outing, and he should see better results in the future if he can keep the ball out of the air, at least to some degree.
Nolasco (calf) will start Monday's game against the Athletics, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports. Nolasco exited Wednesday's start against the Mariners in the fifth inning after experiencing calf cramps, but he was never in serious jeopardy of missing his next turn. The right-hander lines up for two starts this week, with his second outing set for Saturday against the Tigers.
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