Nolasco took a no-decision after holding the Indians to two runs on five hits with three walks and four strikeouts over five innings Wednesday. Nolasco pulled his second consecutive Houdini act, limiting another dangerous lineup to just two runs after tossing a quality start against the Astros in his previous outing. It wasn't pretty -- barely half of his 92 pitches were strikes -- but the veteran did just enough to scrape by with a passable stat line. This was the first time the 34-year-old didn't give up a home run in consecutive starts since July 1; all it took was facing a pair of offenses that rank in the top three in team slugging percentage. Despite his recent success and a favorable matchup on tap against the White Sox, fantasy owners should probably steer clear of Nolasco and his 5.06 ERA.
Nolasco (6-14) took the loss despite tossing a quality start against the Astros on Thursday. He gave up two runs on four hits and a walk while striking out one over six innings. It was Nolasco's first quality start since Aug. 1, a span during which he posted a sub-par 5.21 ERA. The Angels continue to roll the 34-year-old out there despite receiving diminishing returns due to a lack of pitching depth. Nolasco exited unscathed against a dangerous Astros lineup, but fantasy owners shouldn't necessarily double down on his next start against the streaking Indians on Wednesday.
Nolasco (6-13) lasted just 3.2 innings after giving up four runs on six hits and two walks with two strikeouts in a losing effort against the Mariners on Friday. This was Nolasco's first loss since July 26 despite posting a 5.53 ERA over an eight-start stretch. The veteran has given up a homer in three consecutive starts and owns a 1.92 HR/9 through 29 starts, which ranks second among all qualified pitchers. Nolasco's dangerous pitching style doesn't bode well for his chances against a hard-hitting Astros lineup next Thursday.
Nolasco gave up three runs on five hits and three walks while striking out six over 5.2 innings in a no-decision against the Rangers on Saturday. It wouldn't be a Nolasco start with at least one homer allowed -- Carlos Gomez touched him up, Nolasco's 33rd allowed this season (second most in baseball). Nolasco's ERA has hovered around 5.00 for most of the year and the underlying numbers don't offer much hope for improvement over the season's final month. He lines up to face the Mariners his next time out.
Nolasco surrendered four runs on six hits with two walks and four strikeouts over six innings in Sunday's no-decision against the Astros. This result exceeded expectations considering Nolasco came in with a 5.05 ERA and had failed to pitch six full innings in any of his previous four starts. Houston's top-ranked offense got to him early, scoring two runs on a first-inning Jose Altuve homer and tacking on two more in the fourth. Los Angeles' offense took Nolasco off the hook with five runs over the next two innings combined, but his team ultimately lost the game 7-5. His next start is scheduled for Saturday in Texas.