Thompson has run about as hot and cold as a pitcher can over his past four starts, following up clearly his worst two with possibly his best two. He's twice the gamble with two starts on the docket this week, but also twice the reward.
Thompson (7-2) allowed one earned run on four hits and one walk while striking out seven across six innings to earn the win Wednesday against the Pirates. Thompson surrendered a home run to Diego Castillo to begin the second inning but otherwise shut down the Pittsburgh offense. It was the second consecutive excellent outing for Thompson, as he's allowed only one earned run across 12 innings while maintaining a 16:3 K:BB. Thompson has been effective as both a starter and reliever this season, maintaining a 3.10 ERA across 61 frames.
Thompson allowed two hits and two walks over six scoreless innings in Friday's win over Atlanta. He stuck out nine and did not factor in the decision. The 27-year-old found himself in a duel with Charlie Morton and the Cubs' offense wasn't able to break a scoreless tie until the eighth inning. Thompson never faced much of a threat and, at one point, retired 10 straight batters. Friday was his second scoreless outing as a starter this year, lowering his season ERA to 3.27 through 55 frames. Thompson had allowed 15 runs (13 earned) over just nine innings in his previous three starts. He's lined up to start in Pittsburgh next week.
Thompson (6-2) allowed five runs (three earned) on three hits and three walks while failing to strike out a batter in two-thirds of an inning to take the loss in Sunday's game against the Yankees. The Yankees' bats were hot throughout Sunday's matchup, as they combined to score 18 runs. Thompson was handed his second straight defeat during the blowout loss, and he's been charged with back-to-back losses after picking up four consecutive wins between late May and early June. The righty has posted a 3.67 ERA and 1.24 WHIP in 49 innings over 14 appearances (six starts) to begin the season. He tentatively lines up to make his next start at home against Atlanta on Friday.
Thompson (6-1) took the loss Tuesday in Baltimore, allowing seven runs on five hits, two hit batsmen and a walk while striking out one in three innings. Thompson allowed home runs on two of his first three pitches and gave up a third blast in the second inning. His night ended after only 50 pitches as he allowed multiple runs in each of the three innings. Thompson allowed only three homers in his first 45.1 innings this season and was taken deep three times in his first time through the order Tuesday. His next start will likely come early next week against San Diego.
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