Turns out we were just a year early on Danny Salazar. After an up-and-down 2013 and 2014, he finally stabilized last year, and the results were about as good as could be expected. The walk rate wasn't so different, really, but he was a more efficient pitcher overall, pitching beyond six innings in about half of his starts so that his high strikeout rate had a high strikeout total to match. His one real flaw is that he's vulnerable to home runs, which will keep his ERA on the wrong side of 3.00, but starting pitcher is deep enough that it's not like you'll be targeting him as an ace. He's a No. 2 with more upside than most, and if he takes the expected step forward in innings, exceeding 200 for the first time, he could end up with Cole Hamels-like numbers.
Indians pitcher Danny Salazar suffered his 10th loss of the season Sunday against the Royals, allowing two runs with three strikeouts and one walk in 5 1/3 innings. The right-hander was able to limit the potent Royals offense to just one extra-base hit, but the Indians were unable to muster even a single run of support. Salazar has bounced back from a tough start to post a 3.51 ERA on the season, and he will make his final start of 2015 against the Red Sox this Friday.
Indians starter Danny Salazar allowed three runs on five hits and three walks over six innings in his ninth loss Tuesday at Minnesota. He struck out four. Salazar now has three consecutive quality starts, but he was shaky Tuesday night, as he gave up nine fly balls, including three extra-base hits. Salazar still owns a strong 186:51 K:BB and a 3.51 ERA (121 ERA+) in 174 1/3 innings. Given the rise in offense in the American League this year, Salazar's performance this year has been similarly strong to his performance from his rookie year of 2013, when he posted a 3.12 ERA with a 123 ERA+ in 52 innings.
The dispatching of Trevor Bauer to the bullpen has altered the weekend rotation for the Indians with the White Sox coming to town and beyond. Cody Anderson is set to start Friday with Carlos Carrasco and Josh Tomlin following him to the mound over the next two days. Danny Salazar will go Tuesday and Corey Kluber on Wednesday in Minnesota.
Indians pitcher Danny Salazar (13-8) was great yet again on Wednesday, as he allowed just one run on four hits and two walks across seven innings in a 5-1 win over the Royals. He also struck out six. Salazar has allowed 15 runs over his previous four starts, so it was nice to see him bounce back against a solid lineup like the Royals. The youngster mixes absolute gems with sub-par performances and if he gets it all together at some point, he could be one of the best pitchers in the majors. Not only does he strike out well over a batter per inning, he has one of the best whiff-rates in baseball. Salazar will look to carry this form into his next start against the Twins next Wednesday.
Indians starter Danny Salazar scuffled in his outing on Saturday against the Tigers. The right-hander suffered through one of his worst starts of the season, allowing six runs on eight hits over 3 2/3 innings. The Indians wound up losing this one by a score of 6-0. The Tigers scratched one run across against Salazar (12-8, 3.54 ERA) in the second inning before J.D. Martinez blasted a two-run shot in the third. Salazar allowed three more runs to score in the fourth, including a solo home run by Tyler Collins, before departing. After a series of terrific outings, Salazar has struggled to a 7.06 ERA over his last three starts.