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AL Central Standings

Team W-L L10 STRK
45-37 6-4 L1
40-36 4-6 W1
38-39 5-5 W3
30-47 4-6 L1
29-48 4-6 W1

2022 Pitching

Innings Pitched
Earned Run Average
Base on Balls (Walk)
Regular Season 43.1 1 5 7.06 37 26

Top Kris Bubic News

  • Royals' Kris Bubic: Another short outing

    Bubic registered a no-decision during Saturday's 4-3 loss to Detroit, allowing two runs on five hits and three walks with four strikeouts in 4.2 innings.

    Bubic started slowly with one run permitted on three baserunners in the first inning but rebounded well to get through the next three frames relatively easily. He then surrendered another run on three baserunners in the fifth and departed with two runners on that were neutralized when reliever Jose Cuas retired Willi Castro to end the inning. The 24-year-old has now pitched fewer than five innings in seven of 11 starts and is averaging under four innings per start. Bubic's 5.56 FIP and 4.81 xFIP suggest his 7.06 ERA stands to improve, though his 1.87 WHIP ranks fourth worst among the 248 pitchers who have thrown at least 30 innings. He's currently scheduled to oppose Houston midweek for his next start.

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  • Royals' Kris Bubic: Stumbles to fifth loss

    Bubic (1-5) took the loss Monday as the Royals were downed 10-4 by the Rangers, surrendering seven runs (five earned) on nine hits and three walks over 4.2 innings. He struck out two.

    The southpaw tossed 53 of 87 pitches in a shaky performance, and while Bubic didn't get much help from his defense, one of Kansas City's two errors on the night was his own. The 24-year-old has a 7.65 ERA, 1.91 WHIP and 31:23 K:BB through 37.2 innings as a starter this season, and he could lose his rotation spot once Daniel Lynch (finger) is ready to return.

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  • Royals' Kris Bubic: Steady in first win

    Bubic (1-4) earned the win Monday over the Angels. He allowed two runs on six hits and two walks while striking out seven in six innings.

    This was Bubic's longest start of the season, and it was also one of his more effective outings. Taylor Ward gave him some trouble with a solo home run in the third inning and an RBI single in the fifth, but that was the extent of the damage. Even with a strong outing, Bubic has a 7.41 ERA, 1.79 WHIP and 31:20 K:BB across 34 innings in 10 appearances (nine starts). When Zack Greinke (elbow) returns from the injured list, it'll likely come down to Bubic or Daniel Lynch exiting the Royals' rotation.

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  • Royals' Kris Bubic: Getting another start

    Bubic is the Royals' projected starter for their series opener versus the Angels on Monday, Lynn Worthy of The Kansas City Star reports.

    Bubic has just a tenuous grasp on a spot in the rotation. He's allowed seven runs over 9.2 innings in his last two starts, and the southpaw seems like the most likely pitcher to drop out of the rotation once Zack Greinke (elbow) returns, though nothing is official in that regard yet.

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  • Royals' Kris Bubic: Stumbles in sixth inning

    Bubic (0-4) allowed three runs on five hits and two walks with six strikeouts in 5.1 innings, taking the loss Tuesday versus the Giants.

    Bubic gave up just one hit and both walks in his first five innings, but the Giants put four of their first five batters on base with hits in the sixth. The southpaw was responsible for all three runs scored, and the Royals couldn't get him off the hook. The 24-year-old still has an unsightly 8.36 ERA, 1.89 WHIP and 24:18 K:BB across 28 innings in nine appearances (eight starts). With Zack Greinke (elbow) expected back as soon as Friday, there's not likely to be room in the rotation for Bubic going forward.

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  • Royals' Kris Bubic: Can't escape fifth inning

    Bubic pitched 4.1 innings against Baltimore on Thursday, allowing four runs on six hits and two walks while striking out five. He did not factor in the decision.

    Bubic yielded only one run through his first four frames, but things fell apart for him in the fifth. The southpaw struck out the first batter he faced in that inning before giving up three straight hits, and he was subsequently pulled for a reliever. Bubic hasn't been able to get into the win column through eight outings this season, and his 9.13 ERA is a good indicator of why.

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  • Royals' Kris Bubic: Stays in rotation

    Bubic is scheduled to start Thursday's game against the Orioles in Kansas City.

    After Bubic blanked the Astros over five innings while scattering five hits and three walks in a no-decision over the weekend, it doesn't come as a major surprise that he'll receive a second turn through the rotation. Considering he entered his start against Houston with a 12.83 ERA and 2.25 WHIP in his 13.1 innings on the season with the big club, however, Bubic may be tough to trust even in a home matchup against a cellar-dwelling Orioles squad.

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  • Royals' Kris Bubic: Posts five scoreless innings

    Bubic logged five scoreless innings, allowing five hits and three walks while striking out three in a no-decision in Saturday's win over the Astros.

    Bubic was a little generous with eight baserunners allowed, but the Royals' bullpen gave up just two walks in four innings to finish off what was a close game until their offense rallied for four runs in the eighth. This was Bubic's best outing so far after spending nearly a month at Triple-A Omaha with mixed results. The southpaw still has a 9.33 ERA, 2.07 WHIP and 13:14 K:BB across 18.1 innings in seven appearances. The Royals will hope he can pitch more often like he did Saturday while Zack Greinke (elbow) is out. Assuming Bubic gets another start, he's projected for a favorable home matchup against the Orioles next week.

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  • Royals' Kris Bubic: Called up to start Saturday

    Bubic was recalled from Triple-A Omaha to start Saturday's game against the Astros.

    Bubic hasn't fared particularly well in the majors this year, as he's posted a 12.83 ERA and 2.25 WHIP in 13.1 innings over six appearances (five starts). He settled for a 6.59 ERA in 13.2 innings over his last three starts in the minors, but he'll get another shot as a starter with the big-league club since Zack Greinke (elbow) is sidelined until mid-June.

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  • Royals' Kris Bubic: Potential starter Saturday

    Bubic is on the Royals' taxi squad and could be promoted to the active roster to start Saturday at home versus the Astros, Jesse Newell of the Kansas City Star reports.

    Bubic has made three starts for Triple-A Omaha since he was sent down on May 12. He's struggled with a 6.59 ERA, 1.36 WHIP and 17:4 K:BB across 13.2 innings, but the Royals are set to need a fresh arm in their rotation with Zack Greinke (elbow) sidelined until mid-June.

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  • Royals' Kris Bubic: Sent to Triple-A

    Bubic was optioned to Triple-A Omaha on Thursday, Alec Lewis of The Athletic reports.

    Bubic lost his place in the rotation last week after posting an awful 13.14 ERA and 8:11 K:BB through his first five starts. He moved to the bullpen but made just one appearance there before losing his spot on the active roster entirely. Jon Heasley, who will start Thursday against the Rangers, was recalled to take his place on the big-league roster.

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  • Royals' Kris Bubic: Shifting to bullpen

    Manager Mike Matheny said Friday that Bubic will operate out of the bullpen going forward, Anne Rogers of reports.

    The 24-year-old was unable to escape the first inning during his start Wednesday, and he'll now shift to a bullpen role. Bubic threw 24 pitches during that contest and will be available to pitch Saturday versus the Orioles. It remains unclear who will replace him in the starting rotation.

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  • Royals' Kris Bubic: Records only one out

    Bubic (0-3) was charged with the loss Wednesday against the Cardinals after giving up four runs on two hits with two walks and zero strikeouts in one-third of an inning.

    Bubic threw 10 of his 24 pitches for strikes and retired only one of the five batters he faced before being yanked. It was a disastrous outing for the left-hander, and it's the second time this season he's failed to finish the first inning. The 24-year-old has a 13.14 ERA, 2.35 WHIP and 8:11 K:BB over 12.1 innings this season; his next outing lines up Wednesday at Texas, if he retains his spot in the rotation.

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  • Royals' Kris Bubic: Stuck with second loss

    Bubic (0-2) took the loss Friday, giving up three runs on four hits over five inning as the Royals got routed 12-2 by the Yankees. He struck out three without walking a batter.

    Three of the four hits off Bubic went for extra bases, including back-to-back jacks by Anthony Rizzo and Giancarlo Stanton in the first inning. This was arguably the best outing of the season so far for the southpaw, but Bubic's 10.50 ERA, 2.08 WHIP and 8:9 K:BB through 12 innings will mark him as an unappealing fantasy option until he can show some consistency.

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  • Royals' Kris Bubic: Hit hard by Mariners

    Bubic didn't factor into the decision during Saturday's 13-7 loss to Seattle, allowing five runs on seven hits and a walk with one strikeout in two innings.

    Bubic surrendered two runs in the first inning on a J.P. Crawford home run, two more in the second and one in the third before being pulled. That's now two poor starts in three turns for the 24-year-old, who's permitted 11 runs and 21 baserunners in seven innings compared to just five strikeouts on the season. He's tentatively scheduled to take the mound next against the Yankees on Friday.

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  • Royals' Kris Bubic: Wild in Saturday's no-decision

    Bubic didn't factor into the decision in Saturday's 3-1 win over the Tigers, giving up one run on two hits and six walks over 4.1 innings. He struck out four.

    The lefty tossed only 49 of 89 pitches for strikes and walked at least one batter in every inning he worked, but Bubic was able to avoid much damage and exited the game with the score tied 1-1. The 24-year-old has a brutal 4:8 K:BB through five innings over two starts to begin the season to go along with a 10.80 ERA, and Bubic will lose his spot in the rotation quickly if he doesn't find a semblance of control.

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  • Royals' Kris Bubic: Can't escape first inning

    Bubic (0-1) was tagged with the loss Sunday against the Guardians after allowing five runs on three hits and two walks over two-thirds of an inning.

    Bubic was atrocious in this one and recorded more runs allowed (five) and hits (three) than outs recorded (two) as he couldn't even finish the opening frame. He's expected to pitch again in the upcoming weekend series at home against the Tigers.

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  • Royals' Kris Bubic: Good start to spring

    Bubic has allowed just one run and three hits over five innings across his two spring starts so far. He's struck out four and walked two.

    Anne Rogers of reports Bubic was satisfied with his breaking balls as he struck out three in three innings versus the Athletics on Thursday. In addition to a curveball, the lefty has debuted a slider in spring training, which could make him harder to hit in 2022. He's also working on upping his velocity on his fastball from the 90.9 mph average he had last season. Bubic is expected to work more toward the back end of the Royals' rotation, though he'll likely face pressure from prospects like Jonathan Hernandez, Jackson Kowar and Daniel Lynch to maintain a starting role this season.

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  • Royals' Kris Bubic: Pitches well but takes loss

    Bubic (6-7) was charged with the loss against Minnesota on Saturday, pitching 6.2 innings and allowing three runs (two earned) on seven hits and no walks while striking out five.

    Bubic gave up a single run in each of the first, fourth and fifth frames, with the fourth-inning tally largely caused by an infield error. The southpaw pitched into the seventh for the third straight outing but was outdueled by rookie Griffin Jax, who gave up only one hit in five scoreless frames. Bubic ends the campaign with a 4.43 ERA, but he finished on a high note, posting a 2.05 ERA, 0.91 WHIP and 23:7 K:BB across his final five starts covering 30.2 innings.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-3, 225 lbs
Birthplace: San Jose, CA
Age: 24
School: Stanford
Experience: 1
Bats/Throws: L, L