Springs (5-1) was credited with the win in Sunday's victory over Atlanta, allowing a hit over two-thirds of an inning. The veteran left-hander was called on for the second straight game and came through once more, firing eight of 10 pitches for strikes to close out the sixth inning. Springs then became the pitcher of record when the Rays launched a four-run comeback in the top of the seventh, giving him his first win since May 24. The 28-year-old now has three straight scoreless efforts as well, keeping his fantasy value strong in the nascent stages of the second half.
Springs has fired three scoreless innings across his last two appearances after a pair of outings July 2 and 5 that saw him give up four earned runs, including two home runs, over 1.2 frames. The left-hander had been largely reliable all season prior to his pair of consecutive stumbles, but Springs appears to have quickly put the brief funk behind him during his two most recent trips to the mound. He first authored a pair of perfect innings with five strikeouts against the dangerous Blue Jays lineup July 9, and he kicked off his second half of the campaign with another pristine frame versus Atlanta in Saturday's defeat.
Springs was charged with a blown save in a loss to the Angels on Sunday, allowing a hit and a walk over one-third of an inning while also recording a strikeout. The southpaw allowed a game-tying triple to Shohei Ohtani upon entering in the seventh, leading to his second blown save of the season. Despite the stumble Sunday, Springs has been a pleasant surprise for fantasy managers and the Rays alike, forging a 4-1 record, 3.24 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, two saves and eight holds across 32 appearances.
Springs owns a 2.84 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and 12.8 K/9 across 6.1 innings covering his six appearances in June. The southpaw had one hiccup where he allowed two earned runs to the Nationals on June 9, but he's otherwise been very impressive while generating scoreless efforts in five of his last six trips to the mound. Springs has offered fantasy managers a well-balanced season line that includes four wins, two saves, seven holds, a 3.30 ERA, a 1.03 WHIP and an impressive 39:7 K:BB across 30 frames.
Springs secured his sixth hold in a win over the Phillies on Sunday by getting the final out of the seventh inning. The quick seven-pitch appearance may have been just what the doctor ordered for Springs, who'd pitched to a 6.35 ERA over the 5.2 innings covering his previous four appearances. The 28-year-old had proven reliable prior to that rough patch, however, and even during that sample, his 10:2 K:BB confirms he's continued to miss bats at an impressive clip.
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