Stanek will serve as the Rays' opening pitcher for Sunday's game against the Angels. Stanek is expected to work no more than two frames before giving way to bulk reliever Jalen Beeks. Over 19 "starts" this season, Stanek has compiled a 1.78 ERA and 0.96 WHIP while holding opposing hitters to a .193 average.
Stanek allowed one hit with two strikeouts during an inning as an opener against the Athletics on Tuesday. After giving up a run in two different outings against the Twins and Tigers, the 27-year-old is back on track, having given up no runs and only one hit in his last 2.1 frames. Despite those two subpar appearances, Stanek owns a 1.46 ERA in his last eight outings. He has strong numbers overall -- 0-1 record, 2.70 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and 40 strikeouts in 36.2 innings -- but as is the case with all openers, he doesn't pitch long enough to factor into the decision and thus his fantasy utility is limited.
Stanek will serve as the Rays' opening pitcher for Tuesday's game against the Athletics. The right-hander isn't expected to work any longer than two innings before the Rays turn the game over to bulk reliever Jalen Beeks. Stanek will be looking to rebound from an erratic showing Saturday in which he escaped without damage to his ERA but walked three batters in 1.1 innings.
Stanek will serve as the opener for the second game of Saturday's doubleheader against the Red Sox, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. The Rays are well-positioned to use an opener for the evening game after the team's bullpen was only tasked with recording four outs in the afternoon contest. Stanek has allowed a run in each of his last two outings but still has a strong 2.88 ERA in 34.1 innings this season.
Stanek will serve as the opener Thursday against the Tigers, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Stanek hasn't pitched since allowing one run on four hits over two innings when opening Friday's loss to the Twins. The 27-year-old has a 1.73 ERA, 0.89 WHIP and 29:5 K:BB across 26 innings in the opening role this season.