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May 18, 2024 5.2 7 1 1.79 20
May 12, 2024 8.0 6 1 1.66 34
May 7, 2024 6.2 5 1 1.74 17.5
May 1, 2024 7.0 5 1 1.60 30
Apr 26, 2024 7.0 4 1 1.66 30.5

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Seth Lugo, long a multi-inning reliever, was a full-time starter in 2023 for the first time with mixed results. He finished the season with solid ratios, but a decline in strikeouts and wins in just 8 of his 33 starts limited his overall fantasy value. Lugo has long been known for his high spin rate pitches, but his two primary offerings did not perform the same as a starter as they did when he came in from the pen. The league hit .171 off his fastball and .159 off his curveball in 2022, but those numbers jumped to .247 and .280 last year when he worked as a starter despite both pitches maintaining their high spin rates. Lugo's velocity dipped a bit working in the rotation as well. He opted out of the final year of his deal to become a free agent and cashed in with a three-year, $45 million deal in Kansas City. The workload increase of nearly 100 innings from 2021 to last year is a concern, but Lugo's contract should assure him a rotation spot with the Royals while he remains healthy.

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2024 21521.5 65.3 7 1 58 13 1.79 0.98
2023 34413.2 146.3 8 7 140 36 3.57 1.20
2022 156.52.5 65.0 3 2 3 69 18 3.60 1.17
3y Avg. 2024.5 86.0 5 4 1 88 24 3.56 1.21
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  • Royals' Seth Lugo: Strikes out 10 in win

    Lugo (7-1) earned the win Saturday over the Athletics, allowing two runs on six hits and a walk while striking out 10 over 5.2 innings. Lugo was able to limit the damage to a two-run home run by Seth Brown in the second inning. This was Lugo's second straight start with double-digit strikeouts, though he came up one out short of a fifth straight quality start. The right-hander is now at a 1.79 ERA, 0.98 WHIP and 58:13 K:BB through 65.1 innings over 10 starts this season. He's projected to make his next start on the road against the Rays.
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  • Royals' Seth Lugo: Dominant in win

    Lugo (6-1) allowed one run on five hits while striking out 12 and walking none over eight innings to earn the win over the Angels on Sunday. Quality of opponent aside, Lugo was excellent Sunday. He landed 77 of his 112 pitches for strikes and recorded double-digit strikeouts for the first time this season. It was also his first start without issuing a walk. The right-hander is now at a 1.66 ERA, 0.96 WHIP and 48:12 K:BB through 59.2 innings over nine starts. Lugo's had good moments both as a starter and a reliever in his career, but his start to 2024 is a completely new level for the 34-year-old. He's projected to make his next start at home versus the Athletics.
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  • Royals' Seth Lugo: Settles in after shaky start

    Lugo didn't factor into the decision Tuesday against Milwaukee, allowing three runs on six hits and a walk over 6.2 innings. He struck out five. Lugo gave up a hit and a walk in the first frame, then surrendered back-to-back homers to start the second. After that, however, Lugo retired nine straight batters and kept the Brewers off the scoreboard until the seventh inning. He was seemingly set up for his sixth win of the season with the Royals up 5-3 heading into the ninth, but Willy Adames took Lugo out of contention for the W with a go-ahead three-run home run. Lugo has pitched at least six innings in seven of his eight starts, and he's gone into the seventh five times. He's scheduled to make his next start Sunday against the Angels.
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  • Royals' Seth Lugo: Fans eight in fifth win

    Lugo (5-1) picked up the win Wednesday in a 6-1 victory over the Blue Jays, allowing one run on two hits and two walks over seven innings. He struck out eight. The 34-year-old right-hander generated an impressive 35 called or swinging strikes over 101 pitches as he baffled Toronto hitters. The quality start was Lugo's sixth in seven trips to the mound, and the two-year, $30 million contract he signed in December is looking like an absolute bargain for the Royals. Lugo will take a 1.60 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and 31:11 K:BB through 45 innings into his next outing, which lines up to come at home early next week against the Brewers.
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  • Royals' Seth Lugo: Fans nine over seven scoreless

    Lugo (4-1) earned the win Friday in Detroit after he struck out nine and allowed three hits and two walks across seven scoreless innings. The right-hander generated 13 swinging strikes on 103 pitches as he and Detroit starter Reese Olson combined to give up just one run in 14 frames. The swing-and-miss stuff from Lugo was a step in the right direction after he posted a 4.1 K/9 through his first five starts of the season. The beginning of Lugo's tenure in Kansas City couldn't have gone much better though, as he has a 1.66 ERA and 1.11 WHIP over 38 innings.
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  • Royals' Seth Lugo: Tagged with four runs

    Lugo (3-1) allowed four runs on nine hits and a walk over 5.1 innings Sunday, striking out one and taking a loss against the Orioles. Lugo stumbled in the third inning when he allowed back-to-back homers to Colton Cowser and Jordan Westburg. The Orioles later put two more runs on Lugo's line in the sixth. It was his shortest outing of the season and his lowest strikeout total. He'd given up just three earned runs through 25.2 innings prior to Sunday's hiccup. Lugo still owns a terrific 2.03 ERA across five starts. He's projected to take the mound in Detroit for his next appearance.
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  • Royals' Seth Lugo: Brilliant again in win

    Lugo (3-0) earned the win Monday, allowing no runs, four hits and one walk over seven innings against the White Sox. He struck out four. Lugo looked to be in complete control against a weak White Sox lineup as he scattered four singles and issued only one walk Monday night. The 34-year-old right-hander has been splendid to start the year, posting a 1.05 ERA, 1.05 WHIP and 13:6 K:BB over his first 25.2 innings. Lugo is currently scheduled to make his next start against Baltimore at home.
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  • Royals' Seth Lugo: Continues strong start to season

    Lugo (2-0) earned the win over Houston on Wednesday, allowing two runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out two batters over six innings. Lugo induced just five swinging strikes and allowed at least one baserunner in five of his six frames, but aside from a two-run fourth inning, the Astros were unable to score on him. The veteran right-hander has completed at least six frames and has notched a quality start in each of his three outings so far this season, leading to his sterling 1.45 ERA. Lugo's unimpressive 9:5 K:BB over 18.2 innings provides reason to doubt this level of success moving forward, but he showed last year that he can be an effective (if unsensational) rotation piece without big punchout numbers when he posted a 3.57 ERA and 8.6 K/9 across 26 starts for the Padres.
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  • Royals' Seth Lugo: Six scoreless in KC debut

    Lugo didn't factor in the decision during Saturday's 5-1 loss to the Twins. He allowed two hits and a walk across six scoreless innings and struck out four. The 34-year-old induced 12 swinging strikes on 86 pitches and didn't allow a baserunner to reach third base, but the bullpen was unable to maintain a 1-0 advantage. Lugo joined the Royals on a two-year, $30 million contract during the offseason after he posted a 3.57 ERA in 26 starts for the Padres last year, and he pitched well in his first start against the reigning AL Central champs.
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  • Royals' Seth Lugo: Successful in spring debut

    Lugo pitched two scoreless innings, allowing a hit, a walk and a hit batsman while striking out one in his Cactus League debut Monday versus the Cubs. Lugo admitted to some nerves before the game, Anne Rogers of MLB.com reports. Lugo is embarking on his first season with the Royals after spending his first seven major-league campaigns with the Mets before pitching with the Padres last year. The right-hander projects to be one of the Royals' top starters after pitching to a 3.57 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 140:36 K:BB over 146.1 innings last year, his first as a full-time starter since 2017.
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  • Royals' Seth Lugo: Gets three years, $45M from KC

    Lugo finalized an agreement with Kansas City on Tuesday, Anne Rogers of MLB.com of MLB.com reports. It's a three-year, $45 million contract, per Jon Heyman of the New York Post, with the third year of the deal coming in the form of a $15 million player option. Lugo was connected to a wide range of teams this winter -- including the Mets, Red Sox, Diamondbacks, Reds, Tigers and Atlanta -- but he has opted to join the Royals and should immediately jump to the top of their rotation depth chart. The 34-year-old right-hander worked as a full-time starter with the Padres in 2023 and registered a sharp 3.57 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 140:36 K:BB across 146.1 innings. He had a 3.56 ERA and 124:37 K:BB in 111.1 innings of relief with the Mets between 2021-22.
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  • Seth Lugo: Declines player option

    Lugo declined his player option for the 2024 season on Thursday, Ari Alexander of KRPC2 reports. Lugo was set to make $7.5 million in 2024, a mark he should easily top after posting a 3.57 ERA and 1.20 WHIP across 146.1 innings last season with the Padres. Entering his age-35 season, this could be Lugo's last chance to sign a contract of significant value.
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  • Padres' Seth Lugo: Dominant in eighth win

    Lugo (8-7) allowed three hits and three walks while striking out seven over 8.2 shutout innings to earn the win Tuesday over the Giants. Lugo nearly had a shutout, but he put two runners on in the ninth and exited with 123 pitches (80 strikes). Josh Hader was able to secure the one-out save. It appears Lugo saved his best for last this year, with this being his best appearance and his fourth scoreless outing over his last eight starts. The right-hander is at a 3.57 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 140:36 K:BB through 146.1 innings over 26 starts overall. With just four games left on the Padres' schedule, it's possible this was Lugo's last start of 2023.
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  • Padres' Seth Lugo: Settles for no-decision Wednesday

    Lugo came away with a no-decision Wednesday in the Padres' 3-2 win over the Rockies, allowing two runs on seven hits and two walks over six innings. He struck out seven. The right-hander continued a strong run that has seen him deliver six quality starts in his last seven outings while posting a 2.90 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 39:12 K:BB through 40.1 innings, but Lugo only escaped seeing his 7-7 record fall below .500 when the Padres took their first and only lead of the game in the seventh inning. San Diego has stubbornly refused to be eliminated from the NL wild-card race, winning seven straight games, so Lugo's final start of the season -- likely to come next week in San Francisco -- could carry additional drama if his team continues its desperation push through the weekend.
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  • Padres' Seth Lugo: Collects seventh win

    Lugo (7-7) allowed three runs on five hits and a walk while striking out seven over six innings to earn the win Friday over the Athletics. This was his fifth quality start in his last six outings, the exception being his road start in Houston last Saturday. Lugo gave up multiple home runs Friday for just the fourth time this year, but they were solo shots from Shea Langeliers and Brent Rooker. Lugo is now at a 3.83 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 126:31 K:BB through 131.2 innings over 24 starts. He's projected for a home start versus the Rockies next week.
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  • Padres' Seth Lugo: Championship pickups

    A couple of unravelings against top-tier offenses have kept Lugo's ERA on the high side, but the game log shows far more good than bad. Whether it's against the Rockies next week or at the Giants and White Sox the following week, he'll be an advisable, if not automatic, play.
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  • Padres' Seth Lugo: Turns in scoreless outing

    Lugo (6-6) allowed three hits and a walk over six shutout innings Sunday, striking out four and earning a win over the Giants. Lugo tossed 55 of 89 pitches for strikes and never faced much of a threat in Sunday's win. Since being tagged with eight runs by the Dodgers on Aug. 7, he's been locked in. He's allowed two or fewer earned runs in five straight starts, posting a stellar 1.24 ERA and 27:6 K:BB during that span. Lugo will carry a 3.49 ERA into his next outing, which is currently projected to take place in Houston.
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  • Padres' Seth Lugo: Solid again in no-decision

    Lugo did not factor into the decision Tuesday, allowing three runs (two earned) on six hits and a walk over six innings in a 6-5 loss against St. Louis. He struck out six. Lugo's 14-inning scoreless streak ended with a Nolan Gorman RBI single in the third inning, though the right-hander would deliver six strong innings to log his sixth quality start in his last eight outings. Overall, Lugo is 5-6 this season with a 3.67 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 113:26 K:BB across 21 starts (115.1 innings). He's currently in line for a home matchup with the Giants in his next outing.
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  • Padres' Seth Lugo: Possible waiver wire pickups

    Lugo's six shutout innings against the Marlins Wednesday marked his sixth start in seven with no more than two earned runs. Granted, he allowed eight earned runs in the other, giving him a 3.57 ERA during that stretch, but in a way, that's comforting, right? It's easier for trouble to snowball in an offensive environment that's no longer so dependent on the home run, and if Lugo has let it happen only once over his past seven turns, then he must be pretty reliable. His wicked curveball, which comes in at an incomparable 3,200 rpm, is largely to credit, generating ground balls at a nice rate, and the fact he's able to command it as well as he does (only 2.1 BB/9) serves to limit the damage further.
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  • Padres' Seth Lugo: Blanks Fish for fifth win

    Lugo (5-6) picked up the win in Wednesday's 4-0 victory over the Marlins, allowing three hits and a walk over six scoreless innings. He struck out four. Only one Miami baserunner even reached scoring position while Lugo was on the mound. It's the right-hander's second straight quality start and fifth in his last seven outings, a stretch in which he's posted a 3.57 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 43:12 K:BB through 40.1 innings. Lugo will look to keep rolling in his next start, likely to come early next week in St. Louis.
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