Fillmyer tossed 3.1 innings of one-run ball Monday in the Royals' 5-1 win over the Mariners in Cactus League play. He gave up five hits, two walks and hit a batter while striking out three. Fillmyer is one of a host of pitchers competing for a back-end spot in Kansas City's rotation, but the right-hander may be on the outside looking in at this point. He managed a 4.26 ERA, 1.34 WHIP and 6.2 K/9 in 82.1 innings with the big club in 2018, numbers that did little to move the needle from a fantasy perspective.
Fillmyer (4-2) picked up the win Wednesday against the Reds, allowing one run on four hits and two walks across 7.1 innings. He struck out nine. Fillmyer was dialed in Wednesday, racking up a career-best nine strikeouts en route to his fourth win of the season. The right-hander allowed a solo homer to Jose Peraza in the first inning but settled in from there, blanking the Reds over the next 6.1 innings before exiting. Fillmyer has now completed at least seven innings in each of his last three starts, posting a 2.91 ERA and 0.88 WHIP with 20 strikeouts across 21.2 innings over that stretch. He'll finish the season with a 4.26 ERA, 1.34 WHIP and 57:32 K:BB in 82.1 innings (13 starts, four relief appearances).
Fillmyer (3-2) took the loss Wednesday as the Royals dropped a 2-1 decision to the Pirates, allowing two runs on eight hits over seven innings while striking out five. The unheralded right-hander has provided some surprising stability to the Kansas City rotation down the stretch -- Fillmyer has tossed at least seven innings in three of his last four starts, and delivered a quality start in three of his last five outings. Despite that recent success, he'll carry a 4.56 ERA into his final start of the season, currently set for next Wednesday in Cincinnati.
Fillmyer (3-1) allowed four earned runs on five hits and a walk while striking out six across 7.1 innings to earn the win Thursday against the Twins Fillmyer turned in the longest start of his career and worked efficiently, needing only 96 pitches to retire 22 batters. He's turned in inconsistent results, lasting at least six innings in three of his last five starts while allowing six earned runs in the other two. There's not much upside to Fillmyer's profile, however, as he has just 43 strikeouts across 68 innings pitched at the major-league level.
Fillmyer allowed six runs on six hits in 2.1 innings Friday against the Twins, striking out one and walking three in a no-decision. The Royals put up six runs in the top of the third inning to give Fillmyer a four-run lead but the righty got knocked around in the bottom of the frame and coughed up four runs before being lifted for a reliever. Fillmyer had tossed two straight quality starts prior to Friday's outing, and the rough start bumps his ERA up to 4.75 on the year. Opponents are hitting .268 off the 24-year-old and he's sporting a rather poor 37:29 K:BB in 60.2 innings. His next start will be against the White Sox at home.