LeBlanc (1-0) allowed four runs on four hits and no walks while striking out four over 5.2 innings as he earned the win Sunday against the Red Sox. LeBlanc wasn't particularly dominant in Sunday's start, but an early-game surge by the Orioles put him in line for the win in his season debut. The southpaw worked mainly as a primary pitcher with the Mariners last season while logging a 5.71 ERA and 1.45 WHIP over 121.1 innings in 26 appearances (eight starts). LeBlanc's next start should come at home Saturday against the Rays.
Manager Brandon Hyde confirmed LeBlanc will start Sunday's game against the Red Sox, Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports. LeBlanc will follow Tommy Milone and Alex Cobb in the rotation. The southpaw, who earned himself a spot in Baltimore's rotation thanks to a strong showing in camp, is looking to bounce-back season after struggling to a 5.71 ERA across 121.1 innings in 2019.
LeBlanc had his contract selected by the Orioles on Wednesday. The veteran left-hander wasn't officially on Baltimore's 40-man roster, but he was already lining up to start the team's third game of the season in Boston. LeBlanc struggled with a 5.71 ERA in 2019, but he'll look to recapture his form from the previous year when he had a 3.72 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 130:40 K:BB over 162 frames.
LeBlanc lines up to start the third game of the season in Boston, Steve Melewski of MASNSports.com reports. He is not even on the 40-man roster yet but is expected to follow John Means and Alex Cobb in the rotation. The trio will start the Orioles' three exhibition games in advance of the opening series against the Red Sox. LeBlanc threw five scoreless innings in Saturday's intrasquad game and should not face a workload restriction early in the season.
LeBlanc threw four innings of live batting practice Monday at Oriole Park, Joe Trezza of MLB.com reports. While he has not yet been added to the 40-man roster, the expectation is that LeBlanc will open the year in Baltimore's rotation. He and Alex Cobb each threw four innings in this controlled environment and should gradually continue to build up their workloads during summer camp. The 35-year-old lefty has had an ERA of 4.50 or higher in two of the last three seasons and logged a below-average 17.3 percent strikeout rate in 2019.