Civale (4-6) allowed eight runs on 10 hits and struck out four over four innings in a loss to the Pirates on Saturday. Civale was expected to be on a pitch count Saturday, and he threw 52-of-82 pitches for strikes. He wasn't very effective, as three of the 10 hits he allowed left the yard. Civale ends the regular season with a 4.74 ERA, 1.32 WHIP and 69 strikeouts across 74 innings and 12 starts. He's expected to work out of the bullpen during the Wild Card round.
Civale will be on a pitch count for his final start of the season Saturday against Pittsburgh, Joe Noga of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. Exactly how long Cleveland will allow Civale to pitch is not yet clear. He owns a solid 3.99 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP in 11 starts this season but isn't expected to start any games in the Wild Card round, so the team will cut his outing short to prepare him to pitch in relief as soon as Tuesday.
Civale took a no-decision during Wednesday's loss to the Cubs, surrendering two runs on seven hits and three walks while striking out three across six innings. The right-hander has proven his arm to be a reliable one, making it through the sixth inning for the 10th time in as many starts this season. Civale limited the damage to RBI singles in the second and fourth innings. Otherwise, he turned in his seventh quality start of the year, leaving the game with the score knotted at 2-2 The 25-year-old will take a 3.80 ERA and 1.20 WHIP into a Monday showdown against the White Sox.
Civale (3-5) allowed four earned runs on seven hits and one walk while striking out seven across six innings to take the loss Thursday against the Royals. Civale allowed four consecutive hitters to reach base in the third inning, accounting for three of his four earned runs. He was solid otherwise, racking up 15 of his 18 outs via either groundout or strikeout. Civale has cooled a bit since his strong start to the season, allowing 14 earned runs across his last 24 frames -- a span of four starts. Despite this rocky stretch, he's maintained a 3.88 ERA with a 56:10 K:BB across 58 innings. Civale will look to get back in the win column in his next outing, currently projected to come Wednesday at Chicago.
Civale allowed two earned runs on five hits and three walks while striking out six across six innings Saturday against the Brewers. He did not factor into the decision. Civale began the game with three clean innings but allowed two runs across his final three frames. Still, he managed to turn in a quality start after being roughed up for five earned runs in his prior outing. Across 52 innings this season, Civale has maintained a 3.63 ERA with a 49:9 K:BB. He's projected to draw his next start Thursday against the Royals.
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