Yarbrough (16-6) tossed three innings and earned the win Sunday, allowing a run on two hits and a walk while striking out two in the victory over Toronto. After the Ryne Stanek fired two scoreless frames to start the game, Yarbrough held Toronto to just one run while the Rays' offense heated up and gave him plenty of run support in the 9-4 win. The 26-year-old rookie enjoyed a very unique season, racking up 147.1 innings despite only starting six games. Yarbrough ends the 2018 campaign with a 3.91 ERA and a 128:50 K:BB.
Yarbrough is expected to be available in relief for Sunday's game against the Blue Jays, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Yarbrough's last appearance came Sept. 24, so the five days of rest between outings should keep him available as the Rays' primary pitcher is manager Kevin Cash elects to go that route. However, with the season wrapping up Sunday, it's possible Cash deviates from that plan and instead opts to go with a "bullpen game" behind opener Ryne Stanek. Though Yarbrough would still pitch in that scenario, his workload could be more limited than it has been in his most recent outings.
Yarbrough (15-6) allowed three runs on five hits and two walks across five innings Monday to take the loss against the Yankees. He struck out three. Yarbrough entered in the fourth inning and got into trouble in the fifth, allowing two runs on two hits, a walk and a passed ball. He settled down after that, though an RBI double from Aaron Judge widened the gap in the seventh and the Yanks' bullpen closed it out from there. Yarbrough has fallen on hard times of late, allowing 10 earned runs across 14.2 innings over his last four appearances. He could see one more extended outing before the end of the regular season.
Yarbrough will throw most of the innings in Monday's game against the Yankees, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Diego Castillo will start the game before ceding to Yarbrough after an innings or two. Yarbrough has allowed seven runs in 9.2 innings over his last three appearances but has a respectable 3.38 ERA in 139.1 innings on the season -- along with a whopping 15 wins, the biggest fallout of this new role.
Yarbrough (15-5) picked up the win Wednesday against the Rangers, allowing three runs on five hits and two walks across four innings. He struck out six. Yarbrough wasn't exactly sharp Wednesday, but he was able to pick up his 15th win of the season thanks to a plethora of run support from Tampa Bay's offense. Working primarily as a long reliever, the southpaw has posted a 3.88 ERA and 1.28 WHIP with 123 strikeouts across 139.1 innings this season.