Plutko gave up one run on one hit and no walks while striking out three though four innings in a no-decision against the Royals on Monday. Plutko was cruising through four innings but had his start cut short by a rain delay that lasted over two hours. Plutko is giving up 2.8 HR/9 and served up another solo shot despite the strong outing. The 27-year-old has a 3-1 record with a 4.26 ERA through six starts this season. Plutko will make his next start at Sunday Oriole Park at Camden Yards.
Plutko gave up three runs (two earned) on seven hits and no walks while striking out five through 4.1 innings in a no-decision against the Rangers on Wednesday. Plutko limited the Rangers to one run until the fourth inning, when he quickly allowed two hits and a run before two errors allowed another run to score. The right-hander was removed after 89 pitches after surrendering another extra-base hit, leaving him unable to complete the fifth inning. Plutko had delivered quality starts in his previous two outings, but a 6.68 FIP suggested there was regression coming. Plutko would be lined up to face the Royals on Monday if he stays in the rotation.
Plutko (3-1) gave up three runs (two earned) on five hits and a walk while striking out six over six innings Friday in a win over the Tigers. Plutko gave up both of his earned runs in the bottom of the second inning on a pair of solo homers, and the Tigers would push across another run in the third on a sacrifice fly. The 27-year-old has now put together quality starts in back-to-back outings, and he'll likely remain in the starting rotation moving forward with Carlos Carrasco out for the foreseeable future.
Plutko (2-1) allowed two runs on three hits with four strikeouts and no walks across six innings to earn a victory against the Yankees on Saturday. The 27-year-old yielded just one run on one hit in his 2019 MLB debut, but he gave up seven runs on 12 hits in his next start. After that rough outing, Plutko went back to Triple-A until Saturday. His overall numbers aren't going to be great because it's a small sample size with one horrendous outing, but Plutko has more than held his own in two of his three big-league starts in 2019. He is 2-1 with a 5.19 ERA, 1.04 WHIP and 11 strikeouts in 17.1 innings this season. Carlos Carrasco landed on the injured list with an undisclosed blood condition Wednesday, and Plutko probably pitched well enough in this outing to earn another start in his place.
Plutko will be recalled from Triple-A Columbus to start Saturday against the Yankees, Mandy Bell of MLB.com reports. Plutko will join the big-league rotation over the weekend after Carlos Carrasco was sent to the injured list with an undisclosed blood condition. With the Indians dealing with multiple injuries to their starting rotation, Plutko could stick around beyond Saturday's start if he holds his own. In two starts for the big club this season, Plutko has racked up a 6.35 ERA, 1.32 WHIP and 7:2 K:BB in 11.1 innings.