Tyson Ross has come alive this July and is beginning to make a claim to be the most in-form pitcher in the MLB.
The San Diego Padres man has enjoyed a near-flawless month: five games, 35 innings pitched, four runs conceded, 41 strikeouts with a staggering 1.03 ERA.
Needs more support
Despite Ross’s heroics at the mound the Padres haven’t supported their man well enough because within those five superb games, including a complete game shutout against the Cincinnati Reds on July 2, the pitcher only has a 3-2 record in July.
The two losses, against Colorado Rockies and Los Angeles Dodgers, leaked just three runs for Ross and gave him a 2.08 ERA over the back-to-back defeats. To put that into context, only three pitchers in the entire MLB have a sub-2.08 ERA in 2014.
Despite the defeats the starting pitcher has been phenomenal in July.
His tenth came against the Chicago Cubs on Thursday night with some supreme movement with the ball, mostly thanks to his sinker pitch.
It was his second start since his debut as an All-Star last week and he threw a career-high 11 strikeouts.
Speaking to MLB.com, Ross was adamant he is taking it just one game at a time.
What makes Ross’s rise even more impressive is it was hardly predicted from the 27-year-old.
Ross was drafted to the Oakland A’s in the second round of the 2008 player Draft but after splitting his time between the minors and the A’s bullpen, he was traded to the Padres in November 2012.
The right-hander had an indifferent 2013 with a 3-8 record and 3.17 ERA with 119 strikeouts and 44 walks in 125 innings pitched.
This year Ross cemented his spot on the Padres starting pitcher rotation but was producing figures around his 2013 level.
Whether it was the inclusion into his first All-Star game or something completely unknown to the baseball world, this month has seen the rise of a new superstar pitcher.
If Ross can maintain these figures until the end of the year, the Padres might have a hard time keeping hold of their man as larger franchises with more cash might start fishing.
Ross’s next outing is likely to be against the St Louis Cardinals at Petco Park on either July 30 or 31 where the pitcher will be desperate to maintain his incredible July pitching figures.