CLEVELAND -- Like many of the Indians starting pitchers, Josh Tomlin has been inconsistent in his last few outings.
But Tomlin has had more bad starts than good ones recently. He's allowed four or more runs in three of his last four starts, including six runs in only four innings in his last outing against the Reds.
Tomlin typically throws strikes early in the count, and he doesn't have overpowering stuff. Many teams now know that, and are aggressive against him.
But Indians manager Manny Acta doesn't believe Tomlin's recent struggles can be attributed to teams becoming more familiar with the right-hander. Tomlin is in just his second season as a full-time starter. He was 12-7 with a 4.25 ERA in 2011.
"Everybody knows everybody in this league," Acta said. "They know he's going to attack the strike zone. It's about him making quality pitches. You can't go from one week everybody knowing you and throwing seven scoreless innings, and then the next week everybody knows you but they hit you around.
"You're going to have five starts where you're going to be untouchable and five where it doesn't matter how hard you're throwing, you're going to be hit around. It's what you do in those other 20."
Tomlin is 3-4 with a 5.56 ERA in nine starts this season, and he is 2-2 in four starts since coming off the disabled list on May 28.