Fairbanks (6-3) earned the win Saturday over the Phillies despite allowing a solo home run across an inning of work. He walked a batter and struck out two in the effort. Fairbanks replaced Ryan Yarbrough in the fifth and allowed the Phillies to retake the lead on an Andrew McCutchen solo home run to left. However, the Rays put up three runs in the bottom of the inning and wiped away any possibility of Fairbanks taking the loss. The 26-year-old has a 2.70 ERA and 39:14 K:BB across 26.2 innings. The Rays have primarily used Fairbanks as an opener this season, but it's currently unclear how they plan to deploy him during the playoffs.
Fairbanks tossed 1.2 scoreless innings Monday, striking out two and issuing one walk in the win over the Mets. He did not factor in the decision. After walking the first batter he faced, Fairbanks recorded five straight outs, needing just 25 pitches to roll through 1.2 innings. He lowered his season ERA to 2.55 in 24.2 innings. With the season winding down, Fairbanks could move to a standard bullpen role rather than an opener down the stretch.
Fairbanks will start Monday's game against the Mets, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports. The 26-year-old has opened one contest this season and will do so again in Monday's series finale. Fairbanks has a 2.74 ERA, 1.43 WHIP and 33:12 K:BB over 23 innings and doesn't figure to throw much more than an inning. Josh Fleming is the likely candidate to follow as the primary pitcher.
Fairbanks (5-3) was credited with the win over the Orioles in the second game of a doubleheader on Thursday, allowing two hits and recording two strikeouts over a scoreless inning. Fairbanks labored through a 27-pitch inning, but ultimately, he did enough to come through unscathed and became the pitcher of record when the Rays rallied for four runs in the home half of the frame. The 26-year-old also served as an opener Wednesday against the Nationals, and after throwing a combined 47 pitches in the back-to-back outings, he may need multiple days off before returning to the mound.
Fairbanks (4-3) took the loss in a defeat at the hands of the Red Sox on Sunday, allowing an earned run on a hit and a walk over two-thirds of an inning. Fairbanks was tasked with preserving a 3-2 lead when he entered the game with a man on in the fifth, but he ultimately allowed an RBI double to Rafael Devers and a run-scoring groundout to J.D. Martinez. Only the latter run went on Fairbanks' ledger, but it was enough to saddle him with the loss when the Rays were unable to mount a comeback the rest of the way. Fairbanks has put together extended stretches of effective performances in what has been a busy season, but he's now uncharacteristically allowed a pair of earned runs over his last three appearances.
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