Barria settled for a no-decision in Friday's game against the Athletics, allowing no runs and no hits over 4.2 innings with six walks and four strikeouts. Barria would've likely ended up with a much better outing if he could've limited the free passes, but the six walks he allowed Friday were a season-high. He was pulled after throwing 81 pitches through 4.2 innings, and he's been unable to reach six innings in his last five starts. Assuming Friday was his last appearance of the season, Barria will finish 2018 with a 3.41 ERA (5.00 xFIP) and a shaky 98:47 K:BB ratio over the course of 129.1 innings.
Barria didn't factor into the decision in Saturday's 10-5 loss to the Astros, allowing one run on four hits and three walks over five innings while striking out three. Despite the strong outing, he was actually in line for the loss, as Justin Verlander was absolutely brilliant for Houston opposite him, but Barria was taken off the hook when both bullpens suffered meltdowns in the eighth inning. The 22-year-old will carry a 3.54 ERA into his final start of the year Friday at home against the Athletics.
Barria didn't factor into the decision against Seattle on Sunday, giving up three earned runs on six hits over five innings, striking out three and walking one in the Angels' 4-3 victory. The 22-year-old couldn't quite pick up his 11th win of the season, but he pitched well enough to allow his team to procure the one-run victory. He's been solid overall in his 24 starts for the Angels this season, as he's now sporting a 3.61 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP to go along with a 91 strikeouts in 119.2 innings. He'll take the mound next against the Astros on Saturday.
Barria (10-9) surrendered four runs on three hits and four walks while striking out two over three innings in a loss to the Rangers on Monday. Barria struggled with his control, throwing just 31 of his 60 pitches for strikes in an abbreviated outing. The 21-year-old was coming off a pair of scoreless starts, but Monday's rough outing serves as a reminder that he is best left as a streaming option in favorable matchups. Barria will look to rebound in a home start against the Mariners on Sunday.
Barria (10-8) picked up the win in Wednesday's 9-3 victory over the Rangers, allowing two hits and three walks over five scoreless innings while striking out five. The rookie enjoyed his trip through Texas, blanking both the Rangers and Astros for 11 innings over two road starts. Barria's now won five of his last six decisions, and he'll carry a 3.30 ERA into his next outing Monday back home in a rematch with the Rangers.