Tapia (4-1) gave up three runs on four hits in one-third of an inning, taking the loss Saturday versus Detroit. The right-hander has had few missteps this year, but he endured a big one during an ugly sixth inning Saturday. Tapia allowed consecutive singles before Miguel Cabrera and Jeimer Candelario combined to plate three runs on back-to-back doubles. That was enough to give Tapia his first big-league loss while ballooning his ERA to 2.61 with a 1.19 WHIP and 25:13 K:BB across 31 innings this season. He's now given up runs in each of his last two outings, but he was on a 13-inning scoreless streak prior to this series versus the Tigers.
Tapia (4-0) allowed a run on two hits and a walk in one inning, earning the win Friday versus Detroit. The right-hander took a blown save when he allowed a game-tying RBI single to Eric Haase in the sixth inning, but Kansas City restored its lead in the seventh. Tapia saw his 13-inning scoreless streak end Friday, but he's still given up just three runs with a 20:11 K:BB in 25.2 innings since the start of August. He owns a 1.76 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and 25:13 K:BB over 30.2 innings overall while gradually working into more high-leverage spots.
Tapia (3-0) picked up the win in the second game of Monday's doubleheader sweep of Cleveland, striking out four over 1.2 perfect innings of relief. The Royals went with a bullpen game in the nightcap, and after Joel Payamps gave up a run over 2.1 innings as the starter, Tapia entered the game with Kansas City already ahead in an eventual 4-2 victory. The 30-year-old right-hander has a 1.63 ERA, 0.90 WHIP and 24:11 K:BB through 27.2 innings since joining the Royals' bullpen in late July, recording five holds in addition to his three wins.
Tapia (2-0) pitched 1.2 perfect innings, recording one strikeout and earning the win Monday versus Baltimore. The 30-year-old relieved starter Kris Bubic with one out in the sixth inning and managed to keep Kansas City's deficit to one run. Tapia then picked up the win as the Royals pulled ahead in the eighth inning. He's strung together 5.1 scoreless innings across his last five appearances, allowing two hits and three walks with four strikeouts in that span. For the year, he has a 2.05 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 19:12 K:BB across 22 innings overall.
Tapia logged a scoreless inning with one hit allowed and two strikeouts during Sunday's 6-0 win over the White Sox. The right-hander has yielded just two runs on six hits and 10 walks while striking out 13 in his last 15.1 innings. While the walk rate is concerning, Tapia has been successful at limiting the damage recently. He's pitched to a 2.21 ERA with a 1.28 WHIP and 18:12 K:BB through 20.1 innings between Kansas City and Seattle this year. He's added a win and three holds with the Royals, but he's not likely to be in the closer committee despite the decent results.
Last 7 Games