Sheffield allowed one run on five hits and two walks over five innings during Game 1 of Saturday's doubleheader against the Athletics. He struck out one and didn't factor in the decision. The left-hander wasn't at his best as he generated only one swinging strike in 82 pitches and set a season low for strikeouts, but he battled to put together a solid performance in his last start of the season. Sheffield performed well in 2020 with a 3.58 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 48:20 K:BB across 55.1 innings and should enter next season with a secure spot in Seattle's rotation.
Sheffield (4-3) allowed a run on six hits and a pair of walks while striking out five in six innings to earn the win Saturday versus the Padres. The only run against Sheffield came in the third inning on a Manny Machado RBI single. Other than that, the 24-year-old Sheffield was effective at quieting the Padres' big bats. He lowered his ERA to 3.75 with a 1.29 WHIP and 47:18 K:BB across 50.1 innings this year. The lefty is expected to get one more start in the regular season during next Saturday's doubleheader versus the Athletics.
Sheffield (3-3) earned the win over Arizona on Saturday, tossing seven innings and allowing two runs on five hits and three walks while striking out seven. Sheffield was staked to a five-run lead early in the contest and cruised to a relatively easy win, allowing only a pair of fourth-inning runs. He tossed 96 pitches (66 strikes) and did not allow an extra-base hit en route to his fifth quality start in his last six outings. The southpaw has bounced back from a rough beginning to the campaign to post a respectable 4.06 ERA and 1.29 WHIP on the season. He'll face a tough San Diego offense at home Friday in his next scheduled start.
Sheffield tossed seven innings against Texas on Saturday, allowing two runs on eight hits and a walk while striking out six. He did not factor in the decision. Though he was unable to land in the win column, Sheffield's outing was a nice bounceback performance after he allowed six earned runs in his previous start. He was in line for a victory until his final frame, when he yielded a solo home run to Anderson Tejeda. The right-hander picked up his fourth quality start -- all of which have come in his last five appearances -- and now holds a 4.34 ERA on the season. He'll face the Diamondbacks on the road next Saturday.
Sheffield dropped to 2-3 in Saturday's 16-3 loss to the Angels after serving up six runs on four hits and four walks while striking out six in 4.2 innings. Sheffield hadn't allowed a home run in his first five starts of 2020, but he finally got bit by the long ball Saturday, as Angels prospect Jo Adell took him deep for his first career home run in the second inning. The lefty wasn't able to rebound thereafter, with shaky control -- he threw only 55 of his 98 pitches for strikes -- being his biggest issue. He's now 0-2 with an 11.74 ERA in his two starts against the Angels, compared to 2-1 with a 2.38 ERA in his four outings in between.
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