What initially looks like a pedestrian line was anything but for Bundy, who carried a perfect game into the sixth inning with one out. But Bundy was yanked with two outs in the sixth after giving up a walk and a pair of home runs on hanging change-ups, finishing the start with a season-high 89 pitches. The start was just Bundy's third of the season, and Baltimore appears to have him on a tight pitch count, as well they should given Bundy's long injury history. Bundy said after the game that he was actually disappointed with his season-high eight strikeouts, citing it as something that raised his pitch count, rendering him unable to pitch deeper into the game. Bundy owners shouldn't expect too many innings from him going forward, but Wednesdays start was certainly an encouraging one overall.
The converted reliever kept a dangerous Indians lineup off balance during his time on the mound, inducing 13 swinging strikes overall. Bundy brings plenty of strikeout potential to the table, now having recorded 16 whiffs in just 10.1 frames during July. He'll look for a second consecutive victory when he takes on the Rockies next Wednesday.
Bundy may remain in the rotation the rest of the season despite an undisclosed innings limit, MASN Sports reports.
It seems as though the innings limit is well above the total Bundy can reach this season, so his performance will dictate whether he remains in the rotation or returns to the bullpen. Bundy was quite valuable in the bullpen, but three home runs allowed in his rotation debut last Sunday were his undoing. Bundy takes the hill Friday night against the Indians.
Bundy (2-2) allowed four runs on five hits (including three home runs) and three walks over 3.1 innings Sunday, striking out four, in a loss to the Rays.
It wasn't the most auspicious start to Bundy's career as a major league starting pitcher. His control both within and outside the strike zone was shaky, but Bundy did generate 11 swinging strikes on 70 pitches so there were some encouraging signs. The Orioles haven't announced whether he'll head back to the bullpen after this, but if he does get another start it would come at home Friday against the Indians.
Bundy worked exclusively as a reliever in the first half, but the Orioles -- desperate to solidify a couple spots in their rotation -- will give him at least one chance to start for the big league club, and hand him the ball Sunday for his first major league start. Bundy's 1.53 first-half WHIP raises an eyebrow, but he showed improvement after the calendar turned to June, posting a 1.18 WHIP while also striking out 22 batters in 17 innings over seven appearances.
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