LeBlanc was reinstated from the bereavement list and is active for Saturday's game against the Padres. LeBlanc is back with the team after taking a few days to attend to a personal matter. He has a 4.50 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 44 strikeouts in 56 innings, working primarily in low-leverage situations.
LeBlanc was placed on the bereavement list Wednesday. LeBlanc will leave the team for a few days in order to attend to a personal matter. To replace him in the Pirates' bullpen, Dovydas Neverauskas was recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis.
LeBlanc has an ERA of 8.41 in 20.1 innings since the start of June after posting an ERA of 2.56 over the first two months of the season. A great start has turned sour, as LeBlanc is now on pace for one of his worst seasons in nine years in the big leagues. His ERA on the season now sits at 4.85, and his strikeout percentage is down to 17.8 percent after finishing 2016 at 20.2.
LeBlanc has an ERA of 9.00 over 10 innings in June. The southpaw was on pace to have one of his best seasons, posting an ERA of 2.56 before the bad month inflated that figure up to 4.10. While it would have been a nice feel-good story to see LeBlanc maintain his impressive season, his career ERA of 4.37 suggested it was only a matter of time until he would revert back to his norm, where fantasy players should now expect him to hover for the rest of the year.
LeBlanc is having the best season of his career, striking out 27 and walking only six in 31.2 innings out of the bullpen. After being traded last season to Pittsburgh from Seattle, the long-time starter has found a new home in the bullpen. Now in his first full season as a reliever, LeBlanc is posting career bests with a 1.01 WHIP and 2.56 ERA. The Buccos have taken advantage of the stamina he has built over his career, sending him out for more than one inning in 11 of his 20 appearances. He doesn't fit the stereotype of a left-handed reliever -- his fastball is averaging a pedestrian 86.8 MPH -- but he has excelled in getting guys out, and that's all that truly matters.
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