Jhoulys Chacin struck out 10 in his third career complete game as the Angels beat the Tigers 5-1 on Monday.
That as many strikeouts as he had in his first three starts for the Angels combined. Chacin allowed a total of four hits and walked one in what was his best start since he was let go by the Rockies prior to last season. While he's done solid work for the Braves and now the Halos, he's still a poor investment in fantasy leagues.
Ian Kennedy surrendered only one unearned run and three hits over six innings but took a no-decision Monday against the Rays.
Kennedy was in line for the win until Kelvin Herrera blew the lead in the eighth. The Royals then pulled ahead in the bottom of the frame. Despite not allowing any earned runs, Kennedy was a bit shaky in this one. He struck out six batters, but issued five free passes. His wildness led to burning 107 pitches in only six innings. Kennedy will take an excellent 3.03 ERA into his next start Saturday in Cleveland.
After taking a shutout into the eighth, Justin Verlander was charged with four runs in 7 1/3 innings Monday against the Angels.
Verlander was cruising until giving up three straight singles to start the eighth. A sac bunt and a miscue on a fielder's choice followed, and the Angels had two runs on the board when Verlander was pulled from the game. They went on to score three more times in the inning, with two of those runs being charged to Verlander. Verlander certainly pitched better than the line indicates. He had allowed just one hit and walked none until the eighth.
James McCann went 0-for-3 in Monday's loss and is hitting just .156 in 77 at-bats this season.
It's an empty .156, too; he has one extra-base hit and a 24/3 K/BB ratio. Jarrod Saltalamacchia has cooled way down since his big April, so McCann hasn't had to worry about playing time yet. That could change if he keeps hitting like the spawn of Jeff Mathis and Drew Butera.
Matt Andriese tossed seven innings of two run (one earned) ball against the Royals.
Andriese’s surprising run rolls on. The 26-year-old righty gave up five hits and two walks while striking out three batters. His ERA is now down to a stellar 2.36 for the season after five starts and 34 1/3 innings. Be careful though because his lowly 5.24 K/9 is not the mark of an ace. Expect some rocky outings to boost his ERA upward.