Mitchell (1-4) took the loss after giving up four runs on nine hits (two home runs) with four strikeouts over five innings Monday against the Giants. Mitchell appeared to be turning his horrendous season around with two solid outings after rejoining the Padres' rotation Sept. 3, but Monday's rough start was a step in the wrong direction. The 27-year-old will get a chance to redeem himself against these same Giants on the road next Monday.
Mitchell didn't factor into the decision in Tuesday's win over the Mariners, allowing one run on four hits and two walks while striking out two over six innings. The only mark on Mitchell's ledger was a two-out, solo home run to Robinson Cano in the third inning. The 27-year-old was impressive in this one, but it was just his first quality start since April, and he still sports an ugly 27:40 K:BB to go along with an unsightly 6.07 ERA. His next turn through the rotation will be a home start Tuesday versus the Giants.
Mitchell is listed as the probable pitcher for Tuesday's game against the Mariners. Mitchell logged five innings in his last start for San Diego, allowing just one run on two hits while striking out a pair. His 6.58 ERA and lowly 4.2 K/9 suggest there's little to get excited about here, so even with the starting nod, he can be avoided in most fantasy formats.
Mitchell (1-3) allowed one earned run on two hits and three walks while striking out two across five innings to earn the win Monday against the Diamondbacks. Mitchell pitched for the first time since June 5 (elbow) and put together a solid performance despite walking more batters than he struck out. Prior to this start, Mitchell had posted a 6.47 ERA as a starter and has a 25:38 K:BB ratio across 53.1 innings this season. Even with positive results in Monday's outing, Mitchell's skills indicate that he will be a liability when he takes the mound.
Mitchell (elbow) was activated from the disabled list Saturday. The Padres will hope that Mitchell's elbow impingement was the source of his struggles earlier in the season, as he posted an ugly 7.08 ERA and an equally disconcerting 23:35 K:BB in 48.1 innings. Despite that poor performance, he's been given another chance in the rotation and will start Monday against the Diamondbacks.