Plesac gave up four runs on four hits and two walks while striking out seven over 6.2 innings in a no-decision against the White Sox on Thursday. Yolmer Sanchez got to Plesac for a homer, but Plesac was otherwise sharp until he ran out of gas in the seventh, when he gave up a three spot. Plesac broke team protocols earlier this season and was subsequently optioned to the alternate site, but on the field he's been marvelous (2.28 ERA, 0.80 WHIP, 57:6 K:BB in 55.1 innings). The 25-year-old righty lines up to slot in directly behind ace Shane Bieber in the postseason rotation for Cleveland.
Plesac (4-2) earned the win over the Tigers on Friday, allowing five hits and one walk over 7.2 scoreless innings. He struck out 11. Detroit couldn't touch Plesac, who racked up 16 called strikes and 21 swinging strikes on 112 pitches. It was his second double-digit strikeout performance of the season, and Plesac now has a 2.28 ERA, 0.87 WHIP and 26:2 K:BB in 27.2 innings since his return from the alternate training site. The incident that led to his removal from the big-league roster earlier this year and his subsequent comments will stain his season, but on the field Plesac has looked like one of the best young pitchers in the game. He lines up to face the White Sox in his final start of the regular season.
Plesac (3-2) allowed five runs on six hits and a walk while striking out five across seven innings to take the loss Saturday against the Twins. Plesac didn't allow any sustained rallies, but he did give up three home runs. That resulted in a disappointing outing and marked only the second time in six starts this season that he's allowed multiple long balls. On the positive side, he continues to show he can work deep into games, as he has completed at least six frames in all of his starts to this point. He'll look to get back on track in a friendly matchup at Detroit on Friday.
Plesac (3-1) picked up the win in Monday's 5-2 victory over the Royals, allowing one run on seven hits over seven innings. He struck out four without walking a batter. The right-hander took a shutout into the seventh inning before Adalberto Mondesi drove a fastball into the empty concourse in right field. Plesac has delivered quality starts in all five of his trips to the mound this season, and he'll carry a 1.32 ERA and 34:2 K:BB through 34 innings into his next outing Saturday in Minnesota.
Plesac (2-1) allowed one earned run on four hits and no walks while striking out six across six innings to earn the win Tuesday against the Royals. Plesac made his first start since Aug. 8, but showed no signs of rust. He retired 14 of the first 15 batters he faced, with the only run he allowed coming on a solo home run in the sixth inning. Through four starts this season, Plesac has pitched no fewer than six innings and allowed one or fewer earned runs on three occasions. He projects to draw his next start Monday in a rematch against Kansas City.