Stephan earned the save over the Royals on Wednesday by striking out two batters in a perfect 11th inning. Regular starter Emmanuel Clase was deployed in the ninth inning of a tie game, leaving Stephan to close things out with a two-run lead in the 11th. He did so with ease, retiring Andrew Benintendi on a flyout before striking out the final two batters he faced. Stephan has mostly worked in long relief this season, having logged a combined 7.2 innings over his previous three appearances. He'll likely return to that role moving forward.
Stephan (3-0) allowed one run on two hits and struck out four in 2.2 innings, earning the win Thursday over Texas. The 25-year-old once again worked as a long reliever behind starter Sam Hentges. It's been a fruitful role for Stephan, who has earned wins in each of his last two appearances. The right-hander has a 4.50 ERA, 1.48 WHIP and 53:25 K:BB across 48 innings this year. Cleveland hasn't announced this as an official piggyback situation, but it's worth keeping an eye on, as Stephan's fantasy value would receive a boost if he can continue to vulture some wins.
Stephan (2-0) allowed just one hit and struck out two over three scoreless innings to earn the win Friday over the Angels. Starter Sam Hentges only lasted four innings, so Stephan earned the win in a lopsided 9-1 contest. Through six appearances in August, Stephan has yielded four runs on seven hits and seven walks with seven strikeouts across 10.1 innings. The right-hander has endured an inconsistent season with a 4.57 ERA, 1.52 WHIP and 49:25 K:BB in 45.1 innings, serving mainly as a multi-inning reliever.
Stephan has allowed nine runs in his last 11.1 innings. In that span, which covers eight appearances, Stephan has only kept opponents off the board three times. He's also yielded four home runs. The rookie right-hander has a 4.70 ERA, 1.51 WHIP and 44:20 K:BB across 38.1 innings. With an FIP of 6.06, it's safe to say Stephan has gotten a little lucky this season, which doesn't bode well for his chances of pitching himself into a high-leverage role in the last two months of the season.
Stephan allowed three runs on four hits in one inning during Saturday's 8-2 loss to Tampa Bay. Stephan has received just four appearances in July, allowing four runs across six innings. He hasn't had more than two consecutive scoreless outings since May, which has kept the right-hander in a low-leverage role. The 25-year-old rookie has a 4.89 ERA, 1.57 WHIP and 42:18 K:BB with 10 home runs allowed through 35 innings.
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