Ricky Nolasco SP MIN 22 hours ago

Nolasco struck out seven and walked just one while allowing two runs across six quality innings Sunday versus the Mariners, earning his second win of the season.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Nolasco was rocked in his prior start, but he rebounded with one of his best performances of the season Sunday, reaching seven punchouts for the third time and tossing his first quality start in the last six. The struggling Twins stand to benefit from more starts such as this from the veteran, and he will need to outperform his current 5.28 ERA in order to make that happen. He will face the Rays at home in his next start Friday.

Ricky Nolasco SP MIN 7 days ago

Nolasco (1-3) allowed six runs on eight hits and two walks over 2.2 innings in a loss Monday against the Royals.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Nolasco has allowed at least four runs in six straight starts and seven of his nine this year, but this was by far his worst appearance of the year. He failed to last five frames for the first time and couldn't even serve as an innings eater. As has often been the case in Nolasco's career, he has a fine K:BB ratio (46:11) but hitters are crushing his mistakes, as he has allowed 60 hits and seven home runs in just 52 innings, the drivers behind his 5.54 ERA.

Ricky Nolasco SP MIN 2 weeks ago

Nolasco (1-2) allowed four runs (two earned) on nine hits, struck out six and walked one over 5.0 innings in a Tigers loss on Wednesday.

Competitive Edge Analysis

From the very start, things didn't go Nolasco's way. The first batter he faced reached on an infield single, went to second on an error and scored when the next hitter singled. Nolasco only allowed two earned, but he had to work his way out of trouble in every frame. Even still, it was a good outing in the sense that it was the first time since April 21 Nolasco didn't allow more than three runs. His next start will be Monday against the Royals.

Ricky Nolasco SP MIN 2 weeks ago

Nolasco did not factor into the decision in Friday's 7-6 loss to the Indians, giving up four hits, four earned runs and three walks over six innings. He struck out three.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Nolasco was adequate, but fell victim to the long ball in back-to-back frames. Yan Gomes touched him up for a solo job in the second, while Jason Kipnis did the honors in the third inning. It's been a recurring trend for the 33-year-old, who's surrendered at least one gopher ball in five of seven starts this season, and double-digit fly balls in four of those contests as well. His ERA has been on a steady climb, rising after each of his last four starts.

Ricky Nolasco SP MIN 3 weeks ago

Nolasco (1-1) surrendered nine hits, seven runs (five earned) and two walks over five innings in Friday's 10-4 victory over the Twins. He struck out six.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The veteran righty gave up a homer for the third straight game, a third-inning solo shot to Jose Abreu. Nolasco has given up 17 hits and 12 runs (10 earned) over his last two starts, and hasn't been able to get out of the sixth inning in either. That trend is a sharp contrast to his first four trips to the mound this season, when the 33-year-old managed to pitch a minimum of 6.1 innings and surrendered the same amount of earned runs (10) over 27.2 innings. He'll try to get back on track against the Orioles next Wednesday.

Ricky Nolasco SP MIN 1 month ago

Nolasco allowed five runs on eight hits while striking out four over 5.2 innings, but received no decision Sunday against the Tigers.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Nolasco gave up a three-run homer to Nick Castellanos to end his day and erase a 5-2 lead that he was given. He's now allowed at least four earned runs in three of his last four starts to raise his ERA to 4.05 despite owning an excellent 0.99 WHIP. He'll make his next start Saturday against the White Sox.

Ricky Nolasco SP MIN 1 month ago

Nolasco will start Sunday against the Tigers.

Competitive Edge Analysis

He jumps up a day in the pecking order as Tommy Milone was bumped from the Twins' rotation in favor of Alex Meyer. Nolasco has pitched well, but he will need to continue to do so in order to keep his spot over the rest of the season, as the Twins could have some tough decisions to make when Ervin Santana and Kyle Gibson return from injury.

Ricky Nolasco SP MIN 1 month ago

Nolasco allowed four runs on five hits over 7.1 innings in a no-decision Tuesday against Cleveland. He struck out nine.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Nolasco has 16 strikeouts over 14 innings in his last two starts, but four of Cleveland's five hits off Nolasco were extra-base hits as he was punished hard the few times he missed in the zone. Nolasco was otherwise excellent, as he threw 71 strikes in 102 pitches and induced 10 swinging strikes. Nolasco owns a 3.25 ERA thus far but has struggled with home runs in his Twins career; entering this season, he had allowed 25 home runs in 35 starts with a 5.64 ERA.

Ricky Nolasco SP MIN 1 month ago

Nolasco (1-0) threw 6.1 innings, allowing one run on five hits while walking one and striking out seven in Thursday's win over the Brewers.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The 32-year-old right-hander is off to a nice start in 2016. Through his first three starts, Nolasco has a 2.66 ERA and an impressive 0.98 WHIP. It's unlikely that he will continue outpacing his career averages at such an extraordinary rate, however Nolasco has proven throughout his 10-year career that he is more than capable of being a solid fantasy contributor at times.

Ricky Nolasco SP MIN 1 month ago

Nolasco did not factor into the decision in Saturday's 6-4 victory over the Angels. He surrendered nine hits, four earned runs and two walks over seven innings, while also fanning three.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The veteran righty completed seven innings for the second time in two starts, and only ran into trouble in the second inning. He surrendered all four runs in that frame off five straight hits, blowing an early 2-0 lead. He was sharp otherwise, throwing 65 of his 100 pitches for strikes while also getting first-pitch strikes on 18 of 30 batters he faced. He's yet to figure into a decision in 2016 despite his pair of solid outings, and will try to notch his first win next Thursday versus the Brewers.