Luzardo struggled in 4.1 innings of work Wednesday, allowing four earned runs. He gave up five hits and walked two while striking out two in a victory over the Astros in Game 3 of the ALDS. Luzardo battled through 4.1 innings as he threw 44 of his 73 pitches for strikes. The 23-year-old rookie has struggled in both of his postseason starts, allowing a combined seven runs in 7.2 innings of work. The left-hander had a 4.12 ERA and 1.27 WHIP during the regular season and his next chance at taking the mound will be if the Athletics can advance to the ALCS.
Luzardo took the loss to the White Sox on Tuesday in Game 1 of the AL Wild Card Series, allowing three runs on six hits over 3.1 innings. He struck out five and did not issue a walk. The lefty has a bright future ahead of him, but Tuesday was not his day. Adam Engel, who managed just three homers during the regular season, took Luzardo deep before MVP candidate Jose Abreu followed up with a two-run shot in the third inning. Luzardo could get a chance to redeem himself if the A's are able to rally in this short, best-of-three series.
Luzardo tossed three innings in relief during Thursday's loss to the Dodgers, allowing three runs on three hits and three walks. He did not record a strikeout. Rather than making one more start this weekend against the Mariners, the A's opted to use Luzardo in relief Thursday. Manager Bob Melvin said after the game that the decision to use him out of the bullpen was made in order to keep the southpaw as an option for the first round of the playoffs, according to John Hickey of SI.com. Luzardo would now line up to pitch Game 1 of the Wild Card Series on Tuesday on four days' rest, though fellow lefty Sean Manaea may be the more likely option to open Oakland's playoff slate.
Luzardo (3-2) earned the win Saturday against the Giants after striking out seven and allowing five hits and zero walks over six scoreless innings. The young southpaw scattered five singles as he generated 15 swinging strikes on 90 pitches. Luzardo has a 3.86 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 59:14 K:BB through 56 innings and lines up for his final start of the regular season next weekend versus the Mariners.
Luzardo didn't factor into the decision during a 6-5 loss to the Mariners in the first game of Monday's doubleheader, giving up four runs on seven hits -- including three home runs -- over 4.2 innings. He struck out seven without walking a batter. The young southpaw blanked Seattle for three innings, but a Luis Torrens solo shot in the fourth set the stage for a rally in the fifth that chased Luzardo from the game. He's now served up five homers in his last two starts, inflating his ERA to 4.32, but his 52:14 K:BB through 50 innings on the year remains strong. Luzardo will look to rebound in his next outing Sunday, at home against the Giants.
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