McFarland, who allowed an earned run on a solo home run and also surrendered one other hit and a walk over one inning in a loss to the Dodgers on Tuesday, now has an 11.37 ERA across the 6.1 innings he's pitched in September. McFarland came into the month boasting a sparkling 0.68 ERA and 0.98 WHIP on the season, which had rendered him one of the most reliable middle-relief options for manager Bob Melvin to that point. However, those numbers are now a distant memory, as they've ballooned to 3.86 and 1.39, respectively, following his extended stretch of ineffectiveness. McFarland has allowed at least one run in five of the first seven appearances of the month, with the three homers he's yielded over that span pivotal to his poor numbers.
McFarland, who allowed an earned run on a hit and a walk over one inning in a loss to the Padres on Sunday, has been scored upon in each of his first two September outings after coming into the month having yielded just one earned run over his first 15 appearances of the season. McFarland has been one of the most reliable middle-to-later-inning relief options for manager Bob Melvin during what has mostly been a banner year for the Athletics bullpen. However, the veteran southpaw has shown a bit more vulnerability to open September, although he'd been so effective coming into the month that his ERA still sits at an elite 1.76 across 15.1 innings. Despite the recent pair of stumbles, McFarland figures to continue playing an integral role down the stretch as a key left-handed relief option.
McFarland was credited with his fourth hold in a win over the Rangers on Thursday, firing a scoreless seventh inning during which he allowed one hit and did not record any walks or strikeouts. McFarland has quickly established himself as a high-leverage option for manager Bob Melvin, with Thursday's outing already marking his fourth appearance in August. The veteran southpaw has yet to allow a run or issue a walk over 5.2 frames, but given he's now worked three consecutive days, McFarland may be unavailable for the early part of the weekend series against the Astros.
McFarland (1-0) allowed one hit and struck out one without allowing a run in two-thirds of an inning to earn the win in Wednesday's game versus the Rangers. McFarland became the pitcher of record when Austin Allen put the Athletics ahead with a two-run homer in the seventh inning. Through 4.2 innings this season, McFarland has allowed just three hits and struck out two batters without allowing a run. He's been a reliable option in middle relief during his first year in Oakland.
McFarland was credited with his first hold of the season in Sunday's win over the Angels, firing a perfect sixth inning. The left-hander's first regular season in Oakland has gotten off to an encouraging start, as McFarland also retired the trio of Tommy La Stella, Albert Pujols and Jason Castro on 13 pitches in his debut on Opening Night. McFarland's ability to keep the ball down is one of his most appealing attributes to manager Bob Melvin, and fittingly, the 30-year-old has retired five of the first six batters he's faced this season on groundballs.
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