Mike Minor was consistently bad for the Atlanta Braves in the first half of the 2012 season, posting a 5.97 ERA. He was consistently good in the second half of the season. Now, the 25-year-old is just consistent.
Minor (8-2, 2.68 ERA) will take the mound on Thursday night against the New York Mets with the hopes of taking the series against the division rival and strengthening an All-Star résumé. The left-hander is in the top-10 in the National League in wins (eight) and WHIP (0.97), and just outside in ERA (2.68), strikeouts (85) and opponent batting average (.211) among qualifiers.
He has allowed four earned runs or more in just two starts this season while allowing one earned run or less in seven starts. His ERA by month is 3.13 in April, 1.98 in May and 3.50 in June. Right-handed hitters are hitting .222 while left-handers are hitting just .173. He has posted a 2.98 ERA at home and a 2.38 ERA on the road. His ERA in night games is 2.52 and 2.92 during the day.
So no matter who is hitting, where or when the game is played, I’d bet on Minor recording the out.
That goes for the Mets in Thursday night’s contest as Minor has already had success against the lineup this season. In two starts, Minor is 1-0 with a 1.88 ERA in 14.1 innings. He struck out a season-high 10 batters in his last start against the team in 7.1 shutout innings.
It’s been an amazing transfer over the past year for the southpaw. The numbers speak for themselves. In just about every aspect, Minor has been an All-Star caliber MLB pitcher in 2013. I’d expect him to continue strengthening that résumé in Thursday night’s start.