Junis (9-12) picked up the win Saturday, allowing three runs on eight hits and a walk over six innings while striking out six in a 9-4 victory over Cleveland. The right-hander finished the year on a high note, delivering quality starts in five of his final six outings and posting a 3.46 ERA and 32:3 K:BB in 39 innings over that stretch. Junis' first full season in the Royals' rotation had its ups and downs, and he'll need to rein in his 1.4 HR/9 if he's going to significantly improve on his 4.42 ERA, but his outstanding control (2.2 BB/9) should have him locked into a rotation spot heading into next spring.
Junis did not factor into the decision against the Tigers on Saturday but logged a quality start, giving up three runs, eight hits and a walk while striking out five over six innings. The right-hander has struck out at least five batters in nine of his past 10 outings and has thrown four quality starts in his last five. He has struck out 8.4 batters per nine innings and walked just 2.2, which helps with a fantasy team's WHIP category. Unfortunately, Junis has allowed 1.68 HR/9, which has fueled a less-helpful 4.42 ERA, despite his run of success lately. The generally contact-leaning hurler faces a bleak outlook in his schedule home clash with Cleveland on Friday.
Junis (8-12) was solid in Monday's win over the White Sox. He went eight innings and gave up three runs on seven hits and struck out five. This marked the third consecutive quality start for Junis, who now has a 1.88 ERA and 0.63 WHIP over that span. Junis has pitched well of late as he hasn't allowed more than two runs in a start since Aug. 1. He'll look to keep the streak going Saturday against Minnesota.
Junis (8-12) pitched seven scoreless innings, allowing two hits and fanning six as he secured the win Monday against Cleveland. Junis looked sharp against a tough Indians starting nine, leaving the game with a four-run lead on 93 pitches (60 strikes). Although the Royals aren't in playoff contention, the 25-year-old has been a reliable starter in 2018, making 26 starts and posting a 4.32 ERA and 1.25 WHIP with 145 punchouts through 154 frames. His next turn through the rotation figures to come Sunday in Minnesota.
Junis (7-12) got the win Tuesday, pitching a complete game with seven strikeouts against the Tigers. He allowed two runs on six hits. Junis didn't issue a walk for the third time in four starts and was efficient in this one, tossing 104 pitches (68 strikes) en route to his first career complete game. The 25-year-old allowed a run early before yielding a solo blast in the eighth, but he otherwise stifled the Detroit bats for much of the night. He'll round out August with 38:8 K:BB over 36.2 innings and a 2.95 ERA on the month to lower his ERA on the year to 4.53 -- the lowest its been since mid-June. Next up is a road matchup in Cleveland on Monday.
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