Sparkman didn't factor into the decision in Tuesday's 8-6 win over Cleveland, giving up five runs on seven hits -- including three home runs -- and two walks over 5.2 innings while striking out three. The right-hander seemed headed for his fourth loss of the year before the Royals mounted a stunning ninth-inning rally against Brad Hand, taking Sparkman off the hook. He's now served up eight homers in his last 30.2 innings (2.3 HR/9), and he'll carry a rapidly regressing 4.07 ERA into his next start Monday in Toronto.
Sparkman (1-3) was handed the loss Saturday at Minnesota by allowing five runs (four earned) on five hits across five innings. He struck out three and walked two. Sparkman looked good with a 4-1 lead through four innings, but the Twins rallied for three runs on three hits and an error to ultimately turn the tide during the fifth inning. The 27-year-old has a 4.01 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and 24:11 K:BB this season and lines up to face the Twins again Thursday.
Sparkman (1-2) yielded three runs (two earned) on eight hits and a walk in 6.2 innings Sunday, striking out two and taking the loss against the White Sox. It wasn't a terrible start for the 27-year-old righty, but he didn't have many bright spots. The White Sox got started early by tagging Sparkman with two runs in the second inning, and he was later chased by a Yoan Moncada RBI single in the seventh. Sparkman's ERA sits at 3.58 across 37.2 frames in 2019. Assuming he gets another start, he should take on the hard-hitting Twins on the road Saturday.
Sparkman didn't factor into the decision in Tuesday's 8-3 loss to the Red Sox, giving up one run on three hits and a walk over 5.1 innings while striking out two. The right-hander left the game after 80 pitches (59 strikes) with Kansas City up 2-0, but the Royals bullpen quickly made a hash of his chances of collecting his second win of the year. Sparkman likely earned himself another turn through the rotation with this effort, lining him up to face the White Sox at Kauffman Stadium on Sunday.
Sparkman will remain in the Kansas City rotation and make his next start Tuesday against the Red Sox, Lynn Worthy of The Kansas City Star reports. Sparkman entered the rotation last week, with the struggling Jorge Lopez heading to the bullpen to clear a spot. The 27-year-old right-hander didn't exactly make a positive impression in his start May 29 against the White Sox, giving up four runs before being ejected in the second inning after beaning Tim Anderson. Lopez ultimately came on to deliver five strong innings of long relief, but the performance apparently wasn't enough for manager Ned Yost to insert him back into the rotation at the expense of Sparkman, who wasn't suspended by Major League Baseball for the hit-by-pitch. Sparkman will thus look for a bounce-back outing when he returns to the mound Tuesday, but he'll carry plenty of risk for fantasy purposes while facing off against a potent Boston offense.