Mike Minor SP ATL 3 Days

Minor tossed seven strong innings Sunday night, allowing two earned runs on four hits and two walks while piling up seven strikeouts in a victory over the A's.

The Braves' decision to skip Minor's turn in the rotation earlier this month has seemed to cure his struggles on the mound, at least in the short term. The 26-year-old southpaw has put together back-to-back quality efforts, as he has allowed five earned runs while posting a 1.10 WHIP and 14:3 K:BB ratio across his last 13.2 innings. Minor will be back on the mound Friday in Cincinnati.

Mike Minor SP ATL 8 Days

Minor fell to 4-8 on Tuesday, allowing three runs on eight hits in 6.2 innings against the Dodgers. He also fanned seven and issued just one free pass.

Tough luck for the struggling southpaw, who actually tossed the ball well in this one, especially since he was able to keep the ball in the yard after allowing a combined 12 homers in his previous 10 starts. By now, it's no secret to owners that Minor's numbers this season are far from they expected them to be, as his 5.33 ERA and 1.58 WHIP through 18 starts are well above his career marks of 4.15 and 1.28. Furthermore, he hasn't been able to regain the form that earned him a 13-9 record with a 3.21 ERA and 1.09 WHIP in 2013, making him a noteworthy fantasy bust in the starting pitcher's department this season. He's slated to toe the rubber again Sunday in a very tough match against the Athletics.

Mike Minor SP ATL 10 Days

Minor is lined up to make two starts this week, Tuesday at home against the Dodgers and Sunday at home against the A's.

The Braves opted to skip the struggling Minor's last start after he was lit up to the tune of five runs on nine hits over five innings against the Padres, but he will return to the rotation Tuesday as expected. It's always possible, however, that the team could turn elsewhere for Sunday's start should Minor struggle against Los Angeles, so proceed with caution.

Mike Minor SP ATL 24 Days

Mike Minor allowed three runs on eight hits over 6 2/3 innings in a win over the Padres on Sunday.

Minor needed a start against the offense-deficient Padres to get back on the right track, and even then it wasn't spectacular. Minor gave up eight hits, including two home runs, on the day. He also struck out six while walking one. Fortunately for Minor, he gets to pick on the Padres again next week, this time in San Diego. He'll take a 5.23 ERA and 1.56 WHIP into that start.

Mike Minor SP ATL 29 Days

Mike Minor left the game without recording an out in the fourth inning against the Marlins, taking his sixth loss after allowing six runs in three-plus innings on Tuesday.

Minor's struggles continued on Tuesday, as the Marlins banged out 10 hits and drew two walks en route to a win. The lefty allowed the first three batters he faced in the fourth inning to reach base (double, single, ground-rule double) before manager Fredi Gonzalez replaced him with David Hale. Minor struck out only one in the effort, and his ERA went up to 5.32. There is good news for Minor's dwindling fantasy owners, however: he'll face the Padres' frail offense at home in his next start on Sunday.

Mike Minor SP ATL 1 Month

Mike Minor was knocked around for six earned runs in six innings Saturday by a weak Cubs team.

Minor took a step in the right direction Monday against the Mets, allowing only two runs and two hits over seven strong innings, but his struggles returned Saturday at Wrigley Field. Chicago managed 11 hits off him -- including five doubles -- but the Atlanta offense was even better and netted him a victory. Minor has a disappointing 4.86 ERA and 1.49 WHIP on the season.

Mike Minor SP ATL 1 Month

Mike Minor held the Mets to two runs and two hits over seven innings on Monday.

Minor bounced back nicely after struggling in 4 1/3 innings against this same Mets team six days ago. He's been anything but consistent since returning from his shoulder problem at the beginning of May, but he still rates as a good bet in mixed leagues the rest of the way.

Mike Minor SP ATL 2 Months

Mike Minor got a no-decision, allowing four runs over 4 1/3 innings in Tuesday's win over the Mets.

The lefty has been uncharacteristically pedestrian over his past five starts now. Minor surrendered nine hits -- two of which were homers to lefty batters Curtis Granderson and Daniel Murphy -- while walking one and striking out five. He now carries a 4.73 ERA, a 1.54 WHIP, and a 70/21 K/BB ratio. Minor will face the Mets again in his next start, but it'll be on the road in Queens.

Mike Minor SP ATL 2 Months

Mike Minor yielded five runs in six innings Thursday in a loss to the Astros.

This makes seven straight outings without a victory for Minor, though he's turned in four quality starts (and one near miss) during that span. His big mistake today was leaving an 0-2 fastball over the plate to Matt Dominguez with two men on the fifth. The pitch was supposed to get in on Dominguez's hands. Instead, it was drilled over the yellow line in left center. Despite the rather unimpressive performances of late, we still expect Minor to be a significant asset in mixed leagues the rest of the way.

Mike Minor SP ATL 2 Months

Mike Minor allowed two runs over seven innings and struck out a season-high 11 batters Friday against the Nationals, but was handed a no-decision.

While Craig Kimbrel blew it in the ninth, it was still a big outing from Minor, who was coming off back-to-back shaky starts. It was his fourth career double-digit strikeout game and his second of the season. The 26-year-old southpaw still owns a mediocre 4.20 ERA on the year, but we see better days ahead for him.