Gausman allowed two runs on 10 hits and a walk while striking out five batters over six innings during Saturday's win over Toronto. He didn't factor into the decision.
This was an encouraging start from the 26-year-old righty, but stringing together solid outings has been a challenge for Gausman this season. It's probably best to remain patient: Gausman has a lot of work ahead if he's going to turn his 6.65 ERA, 1.86 WHIP and 6.8 K/9 into serviceable fantasy numbers. It also isn't out of the question to be selective with his opponents going forward. His upcoming road date against the league-best Astros likely qualifies as a matchup to avoid.
Gausman (2-3) was roughed up over 3.1 innings Sunday, allowing five runs on nine hits and two walks while striking out three Royals in a no-decision.
The right-hander's ERA ballooned to 7.19 following Sunday's lackluster effort. Gausman's downright awful play thus far has been one of the most unpleasant surprises to sweep through the fantasy circuit early in 2017. The potential for success remains, and many would still assume his talents will show up sooner than later, but Gausman's owners are stuck between a rock and hard place. At this point, it may be wise to leave the 26-year-old on the bench until things turn around. Unfortunately, playing in the AL East doesn't make turning a 180 an easy feat. Gausman's next start comes Saturday against the surging Blue Jays.
Gausman (2-3) allowed two runs on five hits and one walk across seven innings in Monday's win over the Nationals. He struck out eight.
Gausman delivered his best start of the season in this one, throwing 66 percent of his season-high 117 pitches for strikes while easily topping four punchouts for the first time. He began to fade a bit toward the end of his outing, allowing runs in the fifth and sixth innings, but was able to escape with his second quality start of the season. Gausman still carries an unsightly 6.63 ERA after getting pummeled at times early on, but perhaps this strong outing will help get him on track ahead of a favorable matchup against the Royals on Saturday.
Gausman was ejected during the second inning of Wednesday's game against Boston after hitting Xander Bogaerts with a pitch.
Tensions have been running high between the two division rivals for a couple of weeks. Red Sox ace Chris Sale threw a 97 mph fastball behind Manny Machado in Tuesday night's game, and apparently Wednesday's home plate umpire, Sam Holbrook, thought Gausman was retaliating. However, Holbrook may have jumped the gun with his decision to toss the O's starter considering Gausman struck Bogaerts with a 77 mph breaking ball that hung inside. Manager Buck Showalter and catcher Caleb Joseph were livid with the umpire following the ejection, and Gausman walked off in in disbelief. As of now, the right-hander isn't slated to take the hill again until Monday against Washington.
Gausman (1-2) was tagged for five runs on eight hits and two walks while striking out three over six innings but escaped with a no-decision in Friday's 14-11 extra-inning loss to the Yankees.
The 26-year-old has now given up at least five runs in each of his last three starts, and his 7.50 ERA is fully supported by his 6.0 K/9, 5.1 BB/9 and 1.8 HR/9 through 30 innings. Despite Gausman's upside, his current form makes it impossible to trust him in a fantasy lineup in even the deepest of leagues. Things won't get any easier for him in his next start Wednesday on the road against the Red Sox.
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