Sheffield (5-5) allowed five runs (three earned) on six hits and one walk while striking out three across four innings to take the loss Thursday against the Tigers. Sheffield ran into trouble early in his start, as he surrendered two home runs and three earned runs across his first two innings of work. He settled in from there -- two errors allowed the other two runs to cross the plate in the fourth inning -- but was limited to a short outing due to an inflated pitch count. Though he hasn't worked particularly deep into games, this marked Sheffield's first start of the season in which he hasn't completed at least five innings. Through 11 outings, Sheffield has maintained a 4.91 ERA with a 45:24 K:BB across 58.2 frames.
Sheffield (5-4) earned the win Thursday against the Angels after allowing two runs on six hits and three walks while fanning seven across 5.2 innings. Sheffield ended just one out away from recording what would've been his fourth quality start of the season, but it's worth noting he's given up just two earned runs in four of his last six outings. He owns a 4.41 ERA and a 1.56 WHIP since the beginning of May.
Sheffield (4-4) won Friday's 3-2 game with Texas, going five innings and permitting two runs on six hits and two walks with one strikeout. Sheffield was far from dominant in the win and perhaps tired as the game progressed, allowing a single run in both the fourth and fifth. He's alternated wins and losses in his last seven starts and remains a mediocre option with a 4.96 ERA on a staff that usually rolls with a six-man rotation.
Sheffield (3-4) took the 6-4 loss Saturday to the Padres, allowing six runs (five earned) on seven hits and five walks with three strikeouts. Sheffield allowed a single run through the game's first four innings but broke down in the fifth, allowing six baserunners and five runs in a poor final inning. He was efficient with 91 pitches despite a season-high five walks, which may be the only bright side to an otherwise subpar outing. A 5.11 ERA is below average, but he remains an upside option for a young Seattle team.
Sheffield (3-3) was credited with the win over Cleveland on Saturday, allowing two earned runs on five hits and two walks over six innings. He struck out two. Taking the hill following his worst outing of the season last Sunday against the Rangers, Sheffield authored a strong bounce-back effort that saw him garner his third quality start of the season. The left-hander stayed away from the long ball altogether for the third time in the last four trips to the mound, and both runs he surrendered came on groundouts. Having gotten his record back to .500, Sheffield will look for his fourth victory of the season in a tough road matchup against the Padres either Friday or Saturday.
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