Mike Minor SP ATL 3 Days

Minor tossed seven strong innings against the Mets on Thursday to earn his sixth win of the season. He gave up just one run and four hits while striking out five batters.

Minor took a shutout into the eighth inning, but was pulled after allowing a double and single to start the frame. It's been a rough season for Minor, but he's turned things around lately, with four straight quality starts and 24 strikeouts during that period (28.1 innings). The home run ball has been an issue for Minor all year, although he's given up just two long balls in his last four starts. He's got a favorable matchup in his next start, taking on Philadelphia at home.

Mike Minor SP ATL 9 Days

Minor struck out five and walked four while holding the Reds to one run on one hits over 7.2 innings Friday night.

The Braves' offense didn't play the eventual game-winning run until extra innings, preventing Minor from finding his way into the win column. Minor carried a no-hitter into the eighth inning Friday, while the appearance lowered his season ERA to 4.90 (the first time since July 12 he's been below 5.00), and marked his third consecutive quality start.

Mike Minor SP ATL 14 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 19 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 21 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 1 Month

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 1 Month

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 2 Months

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 2 Months

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.