After landing on the 15-day DL in early July, Zach McAllister turned his season around with an impressive post All-Star break performance. The reliever dropped his pre All-Star break ERA from 5.40 down to 1.40 after the break, helping the Indians reach the playoffs for the first time since he joined the Tribe six years ago. However, this improvement came simultaneous with the Indians' acquisition of reliever Andrew Miller, who effectively pushed McAllister into lower-leverage situations. The 28-year-old reliever ended up posting a modest 3.44 ERA to go along with a 1.45 WHIP and 9.3 K/9, similar to the numbers he put up the year before with the Indians. McAllister has proven to be a reliable backend reliever over the past couple seasons, however, it is unclear if he will retain that position in the talented Cleveland bullpen in 2017.
McAllister pitched two scoreless innings, allowing two hits and a walk while striking out two against the Rangers on Monday. McAllister's first trip to the mound this spring wasn't all that bad. He allowed a few men to get aboard, but he worked around the trouble while throwing 11 of his 15 pitches for strikes. The six-year veteran is slated to be a mainstay in the middle of the Tribe's bullpen once again in 2017. McAllister, a starter early in his career, has made 111 relief appearances and three spot starts over the past two seasons. His peripherals aren't great, and his fantasy significance is limited as long as the Indians' staff (as a whole) stays relatively healthy.
McAllister signed a one-year, $1.825 million deal with the Indians on Friday, avoiding arbitration, MLB.com's Jordan Bastian reports. He notched a 3.44 ERA, 1.45 WHIP and 54:23 K:BB in 52.1 innings last season, pitching primarily in low-leverage spots. McAllister's strikeout rate has spiked since his move to the bullpen, but the ratios are not good enough for him to be worth rostering in most formats.
McAllister pitched two scoreless innings, allowing one hit and one walk while striking out one Tiger in his rain-shortened no-decision on Wednesday. Making just his second start of the season (his other was on July 6 and lasted just one inning), the 28-year-old suffered some unfortunate luck when a 45-minute delay ended his night. McAllister has appeared in 53 games for the Indians this season, managing a respectable 3.44 ERA with 54 strikeouts over 52.1 innings. Although unlikely, McAllister's short-lived night might afford him an opportunity to be used out of the bullpen over the weekend.
McAllister will start Wednesday's game in Detroit, MLB.com's Jordan Bastian reports. The Indians have shaken up their rotation for the rest of the week after clinching the division on Monday. McAllister will start what amounts to a bullpen game Wednesday, as he has not logged more than two innings in an outing all season.
McAllister (hip) was activated from the disabled list Friday, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports. After a nearly two-week rehab assignment, the Indians were convinced that McAllister to return to the big league bullpen ahead of Friday's game against the A's. McAllister was lit up for four earned runs in his final outing before hitting the DL, which ballooned his ERA by well over a full point to 5.40. Now that he's healthy, McAllister should regain his regular role as the main seventh inning option out of the bullpen.