Miranda, who gave up five earned runs on four hits and a walk over an inning in his most recent appearance versus the Indians on Saturday, could log additional relief outings during the season's final week, Josh Horton of MLB.com reports. The Cuban southpaw has sputtered over his last six starts, generating a 6.81 ERA and allowing 11 home runs and a .383 wOBA in 37 innings during that span. Miranda has allowed a majors-high 37 round trippers overall while making a team-high 29 starts. Manager Scott Servais has already determined that Miranda won't log another start, but he also doesn't want to shut him down altogether for the final week, hence the possibility of him making a couple of relief appearances as the season winds down.
Miranda will receive "a little break" moving forward, and was replaced in the rotation by Andrew Moore, Shannon Drayer of MyNorthwest.com reports. Moore will take the bump against the Astros on Sunday in Miranda's place, as this news comes just days after manager Scott Servais stated that the southpaw was running on fumes. It has yet to be determined whether Miranda will receive a start in the near future, head to the bullpen, or remain out for the rest of the season, but for the time being, it appears as though he won't be pitching while he receives some rest. During his latest start against the Rangers on Monday, Miranda allowed four earned runs off six hits and three walks in 1.2 innings.
MIranda may wind up losing his rotation spot to Andrew Moore, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports. Miranda is "running on fumes," according to manager Scott Servais. Moore pitched six innings of relief and allowed just one run while striking out seven after Miranda was trounced for four runs on six hits over just 1.2 innings to start Monday's game against the Rangers. Miranda may get sent to the bullpen, but it's also possible that after 158 innings, his season might be over. If so, he'd finish with an 8-7 record and a 4.90 ERA.
Miranda did not allow a hit in his six innings of work during Tuesday's game against the Astros. He allowed one run on six walks while striking out five, but did not factor into the decision. Miranda held the Astros hitless over six innings Tuesday, but was lifted from the contest after throwing 112 pitches. Walks continue to be an issue for the 28-year-old, as he has now issued free passes to four or more batters in three of his past five starts. The southpaw has had a handful of strong starts this season, but he's currently too volatile to be relied upon during the final month of the fantasy season. He'll take on the Rangers on Monday.
Miranda allowed six runs on eight hits while striking out six batters through 4.1 innings during Wednesday's loss to Baltimore. He didn't factor into the decision. Miranda entered the contest with an underwhelming 5.79 ERA and 1.33 WHIP through eight second-half starts, so turning in another poor outing Wednesday shouldn't be surprising. It's worth noting that the 28-year-old lefty has now struck out 49 batters through 46.1 innings since the All-Star break, and in the right matchups, Miranda could be turned to as a streaming option or low-priced flier in daily contests. He projects to make his next start against the Astros at Safeco Field.
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