Erlin is expected to open the season in the Padres' bullpen, Jeff Sanders of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports. Erlin entered camp with what appeared to be a great chance at making the Padres' rotation, but he appears to have removed himself from consideration by giving up 11 runs on 14 hits and four walks through his first 9.1 innings of Cactus League play. When deployed in relief last season, Erlin thrived to the tune of a 2.05 ERA and 0.80 WHIP in 52.2 innings, so he could be tabbed for a prominent role out of the bullpen to begin 2019. Erlin's demotion probably carries more important fantasy implications for the likes of young starters Chris Paddack and Logan Allen, who now both have greater chances of cracking the season-opening rotation with another arm removed from the competition.
Erlin and the Padres agreed to a one-year, $1.45 million deal Wednesday, avoiding arbitration, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports. Erlin made 12 starts and 27 relief appearances for the Padres last season, finishing with a modest 4.21 ERA. His 3.31 FIP suggests room for positive regression, however, earned on the back of a sparkling 2.7 percent walk rate. He lines up as a likely rotation member heading into the upcoming season.
Erlin allowed two runs (one earned) on four hits while striking out four over five innings in Tuesday's loss to the Giants. He did not factor into the decision. Erlin turned in a solid performance Tuesday, with an unearned run in the first and a solo home run to Hunter Pence in the fifth being the only marks on his ledger. The southpaw has continued to struggle going deep into outings, falling short of six innings in all but one of his 12 starts. Barring a change of plans, Erlin's 2018 season is likely over. He'll close the campaign with a 4.21 ERA and 88:12 K:BB over 109 innings in 39 appearances.
Erlin (4-7) got the win Wednesday, allowing three runs on five hits and two walks while striking out three over five innings against the Giants. Erlin allowed a three-run double with two outs in the second inning to opposing pitcher Chris Stratton, but he was able to blank the San Francisco bats the rest of the way. The lefty has made it through six full innings just once all season, and now carries a 4.33 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 84:12 K:BB across 104 innings. He'll take on the Giants again next time out in San Francisco on Tuesday.
Erlin (3-7) had a solid start in a loss to the Rangers on Friday, going 5.1 innings and allowing two runs (one earned) on six hits while striking out six. It was a nice rebound for Erlin after he'd allowed 18 runs over his last 18 innings, encompassing four starts. He's now lowered his ERA to 4.27 to go with a solid 1.14 WHIP on the season. Erlin will take the hill against the Giants on Wednesday.