Tyson Ross has had a white-hot July. The fact that he has 2 losses this month is disturbing. This month he is 2-2 with a 0.93 ERA and 30 strikeouts, that’s more than 7 strikeouts per start. He deservedly was sent to the All-Star Game. He has been the best, and most consistent pitcher on one of the most talented and stifling pitching staffs in the whole league.
He is on pace to easily get over 200 strikeouts. The Padres have not had a 200+ strikeout pitcher since Jake Peavy in 2007. Ross has a 2.70 ERA in 2014 with 132 strikeouts, which is good enough for 6th in the NL. Ross is actually 7th in the entire MLB in ERA. He starts tonight against the Cubs, which is actually his first career start against Chicago.
Ross is on a tear. Let us enjoy this streak while we can. It has been a while since we have seen a pitcher on a streak like this. He was just named the Padres’ 2014 “Heart and Hustle” award recipient. He has been nasty. If his slider is not working, his sinker is. If that isn’t working, he can locate that fastball. He can pitch his way into the Cy Young discussion. If it weren’t for the dominant season of Clayton Kershaw, Ross would be in the mix.