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Team W-L L10 STRK
107-55 8-2 W1
106-56 9-1 W7
79-83 2-8 L1
74-87 3-7 L2
52-110 4-6 W2

2021 Pitching

STATS IP
Innings Pitched
W
Wins
L
Losses
ERA
Earned Run Average
SO
Strikeouts
BB
Base on Balls (Walk)
Regular Season 70.1 2 1 4.35 73 37

Top Taylor Widener News

  • Diamondbacks' Taylor Widener: Moving to bullpen

    Widener is moving to the bullpen, Jose M. Romero of the Arizona Republic reports.

    Widener's turn in the rotation is due this weekend, but he won't be making the start. It's unclear who will fill in, but Merrill Kelly (COVID-19 protocols) is an option. "We had a discussion with him and we feel at this point and time ... we want to see what others can do," Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said. "That's one part of it. The other part of it is, we want to manage his work load a little bit. He's come off of two stints on the IL and we want to give him the ability to go in the bullpen and catch his breath a little bit." Widener has a 4.28 ERA and 1.39 WHIP over 13 starts this season.

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  • Diamondbacks' Taylor Widener: Gives up two runs in no-decision

    Widener allowed two runs on five hits and three walks while striking out four in five innings in Friday's loss to the Phillies. He didn't factor into the decision.

    Widener lasted five innings for a fourth consecutive outing, but he's settled for no-decisions in three of those four appearances. However, the right-hander has been much more effective recently after he gave up five runs in each of his first three outings after the All-Star break. He's posted a 2.70 ERA in 20 innings across his last four outings and tentatively lines up to make his next start at home against the Padres on Wednesday.

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  • Diamondbacks' Taylor Widener: Claims second win

    Widener improved to 2-1 after limiting the Rockies to one run over five innings Sunday in Arizona's 8-4 victory. He allowed one hit and issued five walks while striking out five.

    A five-walk start usually spells disaster for a pitcher at Coors Field, but Widener was able to skirt damage on balls in play to help Arizona ends its seven-game losing streak in Colorado. Though he's been able to bring his season ERA down to 4.34 after turning in back-to-back five-inning, one-run outings, Widener's .095 BABIP, 4.9 K-BB% and 94.3 percent strand rate between those starts are all metrics that suggest he benefited from some incredible good fortune. Fantasy managers shouldn't bet on Widener coming out of his upcoming start next weekend in Philadelphia unscathed.

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  • Diamondbacks' Taylor Widener: No-decision through five innings

    Widener didn't factor into the decision Tuesday against the Phillies after tossing five innings of one-run ball, giving up two hits and three walks while fanning five.

    Widener might have issued three free passes, but he still tossed over 60 percent of his pitches for strikes and limited the damage to just one run. The right-hander has given up two or fewer runs in each of his last two starts, but the issues with the long ball remain -- he's now given up at least one homer in six straight starts.

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  • Diamondbacks' Taylor Widener: Set to start Tuesday

    Widener (illness) was activated from the injured list to start Tuesday's game against the Phillies.

    Widener was scratched from his scheduled start Thursday and placed on the shelf due to cold-like symptoms, and his quick return confirms he was on the COVID-19 IL. The right-hander shouldn't face any significant limitations after missing less than a full turn through the rotation.

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  • Diamondbacks' Taylor Widener: Scratched as precaution

    Widener was experiencing cold-like symptoms and did not report to Thursday's game against the Padres as a precaution, Zach Buchanan of The Athletic reports.

    Widener was lined up to start Thursday's game but was instead scratched and placed on the injured list. It's unclear whether Widener was placed on the COVID-19 injured list -- in which case he can be activated once clearing protocols -- or the 10-day injured list. If the latter, he will be out until at least Aug. 22, meaning the team will likely have to fill his rotation spot for at least one turn.

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  • Diamondbacks' Taylor Widener: Scratched, placed on injured list

    Widener was placed on the injured list with an undisclosed injury Thursday and will not make his scheduled start.

    There was no reason given for Widener's placement on the injured list so there's no timetable on how long he may be sidelined. He's served as a regular in the team's rotation since early July, allowing 18 earned runs in 22 innings across five starts. Humberto Castellanos was recalled from Triple-A Reno in a corresponding move.

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  • Diamondbacks' Taylor Widener: Holds Pads to two runs

    Widener got a no-decision in Saturday's 6-2 loss to San Diego, allowing two runs on four hits and two walks with seven strikeouts in five innings.

    The two runs against Widener came on solo home runs in the first and second innings, and he was able to escape a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the fourth with the help of a double play. He's been subpar in five starts since joining the rotation in July, with 17 earned runs over just 22 innings, though Widener has lost just one of those games.

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  • Diamondbacks' Taylor Widener: Escapes with no-decision

    Widener allowed five runs on five hits and three walks while walking seven over 4.1 innings in a no-decision against the Giants on Monday.

    Widener was good for a couple of innings before the Giants got to him the second and third times through the order, a pattern that has emerged this season. After a good start against the Dodgers coming off the injured list, the right-hander has allowed five runs in each of the next three starts while pitching fewer than five innings. The Diamondbacks may eventually move him to the bullpen, but the organization with the worst record in MLB has nothing to lose over the final two months. From that perspective, they may try to fix Widener and see if he can be a passable starter. He's next due to pitch Saturday on the road at San Diego.

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  • Diamondbacks' Taylor Widener: Allows five in loss

    Widener (1-1) allowed five earned runs on five hits and five walks with three strikeouts over 3.2 innings, taking the loss in Tuesday's 5-4 defeat to the Rangers.

    Widener was surviving against Texas until he hit a wall in the fourth inning. The South Carolina product allowed five runs in the frame, including a three-run homer to Joey Gallo that chased him from the game. Widener needed 87 pitches to get through just 3.2 innings, and the five free passes he issued are a career high. The right-hander has failed to make it through the fifth inning in his last four starts.

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  • Diamondbacks' Taylor Widener: Remains in rotation this week

    Widener is scheduled to make his next start Tuesday against the Rangers in Arlington.

    Summoned from Triple-A Reno on July 20 when the Diamondbacks required a fifth starter for the first time since the All-Star break, Widener lasted just 4.2 innings against a hapless Pirates squad, giving up five runs on eight hits and one walk. On a positive note, he struck out a season-high eight batters in the outing, and he still maintains a solid 3.55 ERA and 1.27 WHIP across seven starts with the big club on the campaign. Arizona isn't exactly overflowing with appealing alternatives for the rotation, so Widener should have some longevity as the team's fourth or fifth starter.

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  • Diamondbacks' Taylor Widener: Rejoining rotation

    Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said Widener will be recalled from Triple-A Reno to start Tuesday's game against the Pirates, Zach Buchanan of The Athletic reports.

    After being reinstated from the injured list July 9, Widener stepped into the rotation and was effective while pitching with a restricted workload. He covered 4.1 innings in the outing, giving up one run on three hits and two walks while striking out five in a no-decision against the Dodgers. Though he was optioned to Triple-A following the outing, the transaction was merely for roster-management purposes, as Widener wasn't scheduled to pitch again prior to the All-Star break. Widener will now rejoin the rotation with the Diamondbacks requiring a fifth starter Tuesday for the first time in the second half.

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  • Diamondbacks' Taylor Widener: Blasted for five runs Tuesday

    Widener pitched 4.2 innings against Pittsburgh on Tuesday, allowing five runs on eight hits and one walk while striking out eight. He did not factor in the decision.

    The right-hander's strikeout total was a season high, but he was hurt by a pair of two-run home runs and gave up eight hits overall. Widener yielded five runs for the first time this season and saw his ERA rise by over a run to 3.55 as a result. Despite the disappointing outing, he is likely to stick in the rotation given his overall results on the campaign. His next start is tentatively lined up to take place at Texas early next week.

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  • Diamondbacks' Taylor Widener: Officially recalled ahead of start

    Widener was officially recalled from Triple-A Reno ahead of his Tuesday start against the Pirates, Zach Buchanan of The Athletic reports.

    Manager Torey Lovullo announced earlier Tuesday that Widener would be the starter for the second game of the three-game set, and now the club has made room for him on the 26-man roster by optioning Alex Young to Reno. Widener will take an impressive 2.54 ERA into the outing.

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  • Diamondbacks' Taylor Widener: Optioned to Triple-A

    Widener was optioned to Triple-A Reno on Friday.

    Widener returned from a groin injury Friday and pitched well in 4.1 innings against the Dodgers, allowing just a single run. His reward is a trip to the minors, though he wouldn't have been able to pitch again until after the All-Star break, so it makes sense that he'd be the one demoted to clear a space from Kole Calhoun to return from his hamstring injury.

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  • Diamondbacks' Taylor Widener: Stymies Dodgers in return

    Widener got a no-decision in Friday's 5-2 win over the Dodgers, allowing one run on three hits and two walks with five strikeouts in 4.1 innings.

    Making his first start since May 23, Widener was tagged for an AJ Pollock solo home run in the third but held Los Angeles scoreless otherwise. The 26-year-old was bailed out after exiting with two on and one out in the fifth when reliever Brett de Geus induced consecutive outs to neutralize the threat. Widener now owns a 2.54 ERA in 28.1 innings.

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  • Diamondbacks' Taylor Widener: Starting Friday in return from IL

    Widener (groin) was reinstated from the 10-day injured list Friday. Per Zach Buchanan of The Athletic, he will start Friday's game against the Dodgers.

    Widener has been out since suffering a right groin strain in late May. He pitched in two rehab games, most recently logging four innings for High-A Hillsboro on July 3. With that in mind, he could be on some sort of pitch count Friday and will have to be efficient to potentially qualify for his second win.

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  • Diamondbacks' Taylor Widener: Needs more before return

    Widener (groin) will need to throw well in a rehab start before returning to the majors, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports.

    Arizona manager Torey Lovullo was mum on the next step for Widener, but he did believe it was necessary for the right-hander to get a well-pitched game under his belt. This, despite downplaying the results in Widener's first two rehab starts, in which he's given up nine runs over 6.2 innings. This news suggests a return after the All-Star break.

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  • Diamondbacks' Taylor Widener: Goes four innings in rehab

    Widener (groin) allowed four runs over four innings for High-A Hillsboro on Saturday, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports.

    This was the second time in as many rehab outings that Widener posted unimpressive results. Earlier last week, he was touched for five runs in 2.2 innings, but manager Torey Lovullo is not interested in results as much as health. "The fact is, he got through the outing, he felt real good and he was throwing his fastball where he wanted to and with the velocity we would expect," the manager said. The Diamondbacks could activate him for one start before the All-Star break, but they have not divulged any plans for the right-hander's next step.

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  • Diamondbacks' Taylor Widener: Second rehab start scheduled

    Widener (groin) will throw a second rehab start Saturday for High-A Hillsboro, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports.

    Widener's first rehab start was Monday with the team's entry in the Arizona Complex League, and he was knocked around over 2.2 innings in that outing. However, results are less important than putting in the work, building arm strength and getting his pitch count up.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-0, 230 lbs
Birthplace: Aiken, SC
Age: 27
Experience: 2
Bats/Throws: L, R