Whitlock allowed one hit in a scoreless eighth inning to earn the hold in Sunday's 1-0 victory over Oakland. With Adam Ottavino unavailable to pitch a third consecutive day, manager Alex Cora went with Whitlock to caretake the eighth inning for closer Matt Barnes in the ninth. He worked around a wild pitch that put a man in scoring position by inducing a couple of infield popups to end the frame. He's been one of the better stories in the Red Sox's bullpen: a Rule 5 draft pick emerging as a key component for the team with the best record in the American League. Whitlock is 3-0 with a 0.89 ERA, a 1.23 WHIP and 22 strikeouts over the last 13 outings, spanning 20.1 innings.
Whitlock (2-1) earned the win Friday against the Blue Jays after tossing two scoreless innings in relief, allowing two hits and a walk while fanning three. The right-hander might have allowed baserunners on his two innings of work, but only one of those reached scoring position and he ultimately escaped without any damage done. Whitlock has tossed six scoreless outings over his last seven appearances and owns a strong 1.65 ERA across five games (6.2 innings) this month.
Whitlock (1-1) allowed a hit and two strikeouts over 1.2 innings, earning the win Saturday versus the Yankees. Whitlock allowed one of the runners he inherited from starter Eduardo Rodriguez score in the sixth inning, which tied the game at 3-3. Beyond that, Whitlock was solid, and Boston's four-run eighth inning put him in line for his first win of the year. The right-hander has a 1.63 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and 29:7 K:BB through 27.2 innings. He's added one save and five holds, which indicates he could continue to see some high-leverage work.
Whitlock was activated from the COVID-19 injured list Sunday. The Rule 5 pick was feeling the effects from the coronavirus vaccine, but he's ready to roll a day later. Colten Brewer was optioned to make room on the roster. Whitlock secured his first career save earlier in the week, adding to the stellar body of work he's putting together (1.77 ERA, 0.98 WHIP). It looks like the Red Sox found themselves a diamond in the rough.
Whitlock was placed on the COVID-19 injured list Saturday after feeling effects from the vaccine, Steve Hewitt of the Boston Herald reports. Whitlock's absence should not be lengthy, as he can activated as soon as he is feeling well enough to pitch. He's been effective out of the bullpen this season for Boston, maintaining a 1.77 ERA and 0.98 WHIP with a 21:3 K:BB across 20.1 innings.
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