Plutko (3-2) allowed one earned run on two hits and a walk while striking out four across seven innings to take the loss Saturday against the Royals. Plutko effectively limited the Royals, though he was punished for his one mistake when he allowed a solo home run to Hunter Dozier in the first inning. Otherwise, only two other hitters reached scoring position across his remaining six innings of work. The strong effort was needed for Plutko, as he had allowed 10 earned runs across 10 innings in his last two starts. He now owns a 4.81 ERA but has a useful 1.09 WHIP as he has handed out only six free passes across 48.2 innings. He'll look to string together quality performances in his next start, currently scheduled for Thursday in Kansas City.
Plutko allowed five runs on seven hits and a walk over 5.1 innings Monday, striking out one batter and taking the no-decision in the win over Detroit. Plutko got hammered for five runs for the second straight outing, raising his ERA to 5.40. During those starts, he's struck out just two batters while yielding three homers in 10 innings. His next start should come at home against the Royals on Saturday if he sticks in the rotation.
Plutko is scheduled to start Monday's game against the Tigers. Plutko will pick up his first start since June 28 after Cleveland's light schedule allowed the team to get by with a shortened rotation over the last two and a half weeks. Though he remained on the active roster throughout that stretch, Plutko didn't make any appearances in relief. He presumably kept his arm conditioned for starting duty during the idle period by pitching in a simulated game or two, so Plutko shouldn't face any notable workload restrictions in his return to the mound.
Plutko isn't listed among the Indians' projected starters for their three-game series with the Royals. Plutko's last start came June 24 in against Kansas City, when he covered four innings of one-run ball before being pulled from the outing after a rain delay. He mopped up in long relief in his subsequent appearance last Friday in Baltimore, giving up five runs on nine hits and one walk in 4.2 innings. The poor showing didn't do Plutko any favors in re-entering the pitching schedule during the Indians' five-game week, so manager Terry Francona looks prepared to stick with a four-man rotation thanks to off days Monday and the upcoming Friday. The Indians will next require a fifth starter July 16 against the Tigers.
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.