Junis tossed three innings Sunday, allowing four runs on eight hits and a walk in the 9-6 loss to Minnesota, though he didn't factor into the decision. He yielded three home runs and struck out three. It's actually somewhat impressive that Junis coughed up three long balls and eight hits but only managed to get tagged for four runs. All three homers were solo shots, coming from Max Kepler, Tyler Austin and Johnny Field. The short outing bumped his ERA up to 4.42 in 165 innings this season. He'll look to get back in the win column against Detroit 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.
Junis (6-12) got the loss Wednesday, allowing four runs (two earned) on nine hits while striking out five over 5.2 innings against the Rays. Junis was hit early and often, allowing at least one runner to reach second base in all six innings of work except the third. Even still, Wednesday marked the fourth straight start in which the 25-year-old conceded two or fewer earned runs, and he's maintaining an impressive 26:5 K:BB across 22 innings in that span. He'll carry a 4.70 ERA and 1.33 WHIP into Tuesday's matchup with the Tigers.