McKenzie fired two scoreless innings, giving up a hit while striking out three during the Indians' 3-2 win versus the White Sox on Wednesday night. McKenzie projects to be utilized as a weapon out of the bullpen for Cleveland throughout the playoffs. The 23-year-old displayed a healthy -- and reassuring -- rebound in velocity Wednesday, averaging 93.9 mph while touching 95 mph. Through 29.1 innings in 2020, McKenzie sports a 3.45 ERA and a 0.96 WHIP.
McKenzie will be available out of the bullpen for Tuesday's game against the White Sox, Mandy Bell of MLB.com reports. McKenzie had a relatively short start Saturday against the Tigers, and he'll be available to pitch in relief for the second game of the series against the White Sox. The team could use a potential relief outing to see how he could fare in that role during the postseason. It's not clear if he will still take his scheduled turn through the rotation Friday.
McKenzie pitched four innings Saturday, allowing one run on six hits and three walks in a 5-2 loss to the Tigers. He also struck out three. McKenzie threw 79 pitches (48 for strikes) and had a 2-1 lead prior to getting pulled. Concern is rising in the baseball community about the health of the young stud, as he averaged a season-low fastball velocity of 90.6 on Saturday. Additionally, that figure has been declining in each of his six starts. It is a situation worth monitoring.
McKenzie (2-1) allowed five runs on three hits and a walk over 4.1 innings Sunday, striking out seven batters and taking the loss against Minnesota. McKenzie was cursed by the long ball Sunday, with all five runs coming via home runs. He allowed a pair of two-run homers to Marwin Gonzalez and Ryan Jeffers in the third and fifth innings, and a solo shot by Nelson Cruz in the fourth. The 23-year-old rookie now owns a 3.91 ERA and 33:6 K:BB across 25.1 frames. McKenzie will look to get back on track in Detroit on Saturday.
McKenzie gave up three runs on three hits and one walk over five innings during Tuesday's loss to the Royals. He had seven strikeouts and didn't factor in the decision. The young righty had 13 swinging strikes and largely held Kansas City in check, but a three-run homer from Whit Merrifield during the third frame was enough to tarnish his line. McKenzie has a 2.57 ERA, 0.76 WHIP and 26:5 K:BB through 21 innings and lines up to pitch Sunday at Minnesota.