Fleming (6-4) allowed only one walk and struck out three over four scoreless innings to earn the win Sunday over Baltimore. Michael Wacha opened the game, allowing a run in two innings before Fleming took over on the mound. That arrangement worked out well, as Tampa Bay took over the lead on Fleming's watch, and he was able to pick up his sixth win of the season. The southpaw has a 3.20 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and 33:13 K:BB across 56.1 innings this season. He's started five of his 11 appearances, and he's tentatively scheduled to make his next outing in Seattle during next weekend's series. It's unclear if he'll work as a traditional starter or behind an opener.
Fleming is slated to serve as the Rays' bulk reliever behind opening pitcher Michael Wacha in Sunday's game against the Orioles, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. While filling a traditional starting role his last time out June 4 in Texas, Fleming gave up a season-high five runs and 10 hits while working seven innings in the loss, snapping a four-game winning streak in the process. The Rays are hopeful that by pitching behind Wacha, Fleming will be able to churn out better results, even though he'll likely be in store for fewer innings. Fleming still projects to work longer than any Rays pitcher Sunday, making him the most likely candidate to factor into any decision.
Fleming (5-4) took the loss Friday, coughing up five runs on 10 hits over seven innings as the Rays were downed 5-4 by the Rangers. He struck out two without walking a batter. The lefty wasn't hit particularly hard, as only two of the 10 hits went for extra bases, including a Joey Gallo solo shot in the fifth inning, but Fleming still came out on the wrong end of the decision in his longest outing of the year. He'll take a 3.44 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and 30:12 K:BB through 52.1 innings into his next appearance.
Fleming will start Friday's game in Texas, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. He worked behind an opener en route to the win in his last appearance, and he has secured the win in four of his last five appearances, although he only started one of those five games. Fleming has pitched exceptionally well this season (2.98 ERA, 1.04 WHIP) and the Rangers are a pretty nice matchup on paper, but he is slightly less likely to qualify for the win working as a true starter.
Fleming (5-3) earned the win in relief Sunday against the Phillies after allowing two runs on four hits while fanning five across 4.2 innings. Fleming has started in five of his nine appearances this season but looked impressive here, as he was called upon duty in the first inning and earned his fifth win of the campaign. He owns a 2.98 ERA across 45.1 innings in 2021.
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