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Team W-L L10 STRK
92-70 7-3 W2
81-81 5-5 L1
78-84 4-6 W1
66-96 6-4 L3
65-97 3-7 L2

2022 Pitching

Innings Pitched
Earned Run Average
Base on Balls (Walk)
Regular Season 129 3 13 5.58 110 63

Top Kris Bubic News

  • Royals' Kris Bubic: Inks one-year deal

    Bubic and the Royals agreed on a one-year, $2.2 million contract Friday to avoid arbitration, Mark Feinsand of reports.

    The 25-year-old struggled in 2022, producing an inflated 5.58 ERA and 1.70 WHIP with 110 punchouts over 129 innings while starting 27 out of the 28 games he appeared in. The Royals added some rotation depth this offseason, so Bubic could be headed for a long relief or swingman role in 2023.

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  • Royals' Kris Bubic: Throws five scoreless in win

    Bubic (3-13) gave up five hits and a walk while striking out eight over five scoreless innings to earn the win in a 7-1 victory over the Guardians on Saturday.

    It took Bubic 27 starts, but he finally picked up his third win of the season thanks to an impressive performance against the postseason-bound Guardians. It was his third scoreless appearance of the season and his eight strikeouts were the most that he accumulated in a single game all year. Overall, it was a tough season for the 25-year-old left-hander. He finishes the campaign with a bloated WHIP of 1.70 and 110 strikeouts over 129 innings pitched.

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  • Royals' Kris Bubic: Snaps losing streak in no-decision

    Bubic pitched 4.2 innings Saturday, allowing three runs on five hits and four walks while striking out six batters in a no-decision versus Seattle.

    Bubic was far from sharp in the outing, as he threw only 57 of 103 pitches for strikes and walked four batters. He did, however, rack up six punchouts and put a halt to a streak of seven straight losing starts that extended back to mid-August. The left-hander had posted an ugly 7.83 ERA and 2.10 WHIP during the poor stretch, and though Saturday's outing wasn't much better, Bubic at least managed to walk away with his team in the lead. He'll look for his first win since July 24 the next time he takes the mound.

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  • Royals' Kris Bubic: Handed seventh straight loss

    Bubic (2-13) allowed five runs on seven hits and three walks over 2.2 innings Sunday, striking out two and taking a loss against Boston.

    Bubic gave up one run in each of the first two frames before he was tagged with three runs in the third inning. He's gone 0-7 with a brutal 7.83 ERA over his last seven starts. That poor stretch has driven his season ERA up to 5.81 alongside a 96:58 K:BB through 119.1 innings. Bubic is expected to face the Mariners at home next week.

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  • Royals' Kris Bubic: Struggles versus Twins

    Bubic (2-12) took the loss Tuesday versus the Twins. He allowed five runs on 10 hits and a walk while striking out six over five innings.

    Bubic wasn't very good, but the Royals didn't record a hit until the ninth inning, so he was never going to get enough support. Carlos Correa and Jose Miranda combined to produce all five runs against Bubic in the contest, which was the southpaw's sixth consecutive loss. He's given up at least four runs in four of those outings and now has a 5.55 ERA, 1.66 WHIP and 94:55 K:BB through 116.2 innings across 25 outings (24 starts). Bubic tentatively lines up for a road start in Boston this weekend.

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  • Royals' Kris Bubic: Quality start in loss

    Bubic (2-11) allowed three runs on six hits, a walk and a hit batter while striking out four over 6.1 innings to take the loss versus the Guardians on Tuesday.

    Bubic turned in his second straight quality start, but it wasn't enough to outduel Shane Bieber. The defeated extended Bubic's losing streak to five starts, and he's gone eight outings since his last win, posting a 5.19 ERA and 1.62 WHIP over 43.1 innings in the longer span. For the season, the southpaw has similar numbers with a 5.40 ERA, 1.64 WHIP and 88:54 K:BB through 111.2 innings through 24 outings (23 starts). Bubic is lined up for a road start versus the Twins next week, assuming he remains in the rotation over Max Castillo once Zack Greinke (forearm) returns from the injured list.

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  • Royals' Kris Bubic: Takes 10th loss

    Bubic (2-10) allowed two runs on five hits and four walks while striking out one over six innings, taking the loss Wednesday versus the White Sox.

    By his recent performances, this was actually a good start, though the four walks were the second-highest amount he's allowed in one game this year. Bubic limited the damage to solo home runs by AJ Pollock and Elvis Andrus, but the Royals' lack of run support did him in. Through 23 outings (22 starts), Bubic has a 5.47 ERA, 1.67 WHIP and 84:53 K:BB through 105.1 innings. The southpaw is lined up for a home start versus the Guardians next week.

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  • Royals' Kris Bubic: Tagged for six runs

    Bubic (2-9) took the loss to the Padres on Friday, allowing six runs on nine hits while striking out three and walking one over four innings.

    Bubic picked up his ninth loss of the year after a six-run clunker Friday. He threw 42 of 64 pitches for strikes and was burned mostly by singles and doubles. Two of Bubic's six earned runs came on solo shots in the third inning. He also allowed an RBI single, a two-run double and another double that sent a runner home. Over his last three games, the lefty has allowed 27 hits, 14 earned runs and six walks over 13.1 innings, while striking out 10 batters. Bubic's struggles have resulted in a 5.62 ERA on the season.

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  • Royals' Kris Bubic: Shaky in road loss

    Bubic (2-8) took the loss Saturday, allowing four runs on eight hits and two walks over 3.2 innings against Tampa Bay.

    Bubic surrendered three doubles, two of which drove in a run -- one off the bat of Taylor Walls and the other from Yandy Diaz. The 25-year-old had been pitching better with a 2.89 ERA in 37.1 innings over his last six starts prior to this contest, and he has not allowed a homer in his last four. The lefty has been much more successful at home during his previous seven outings with a 2.41 ERA in 18.2 innings compared to a 4.43 ERA in 22.1 innings on the road.

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  • Royals' Kris Bubic: Hit hard in loss

    Bubic (2-7) took the loss Monday, allowing four runs on 10 hits and three walks over 5.2 innings against Minnesota. He struck out seven.

    Minnesota had little trouble getting to Bubic on Monday as he failed to record a clean inning all night. The effort breaks a five-start stretch in which Bubic maintained a 2.27 ERA and 1.04 WHIP and notched four quality starts. He will try to get back on track in his next scheduled start this weekend in Tampa Bay.

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  • Royals' Kris Bubic: Just short of quality start

    Bubic tossed 5.2 innings, giving up three runs (one earned) on seven hits and three walks while striking out six batters in Wednesday's win over the White Sox. He did not factor into the decision.

    Bubic pitched five scoreless frames before the wheels fell off in the sixth inning, a development that was only partly his fault. After Bubic allowed the White Sox to load the bases with one out in the inning, two runs came around to score due to a fielding error by Michael Massey on what could have been an inning-ending double play. Another baserunner subsequently crossed the plate with two outs in the frame and Bubic was removed from the game. He fell one out shy of a fifth consecutive quality start. Over the left-hander's last five starts, he's posted a 2.27 ERA and 1.04 WHIP with 26 strikeouts over 31.2 innings.

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  • Royals' Kris Bubic: Continues quality-start streak

    Bubic didn't factor into the decision during Thursday's 7-3 victory over Boston, allowing two runs on four hits and one walk with six strikeout in six innings.

    Bubic was down 2-0 three batters into the game but rebounded to permit only two baserunners the rest of the way -- retiring nine straight at one point. The 24-year-old fired 62 of 89 pitches for strikes, with 10 of the swinging variety, and has now submitted quality starts in each of his last four turns, pitching to a 2.42 ERA across 26 innings during the stretch against strong AL East competition in the Yankees, Blue Jays and Rays. The impressive performance of late has lowered Bubic's ERA from 6.63 to 5.27, while a 4.69 xFIP suggests more starts like Thursday's could be in store. He's currently scheduled to take the mound again midweek against the White Sox.

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  • Royals' Kris Bubic: Quality start against Yankees

    Bubic didn't factor into the decision in Friday's 11-5 loss to the Yankees, giving up three runs on four hits and two walks over six innings. He struck out six.

    Homers by Anthony Rizzo and Aaron Judge accounted for all the damage off Bubic, but he still delivered his third straight quality start and fourth in his last eight outings. The southpaw's numbers on the season remain rough, but since rejoining the Royals' rotation at the beginning of June, Bubic has a 3.84 ERA, 1.46 WHIP and 51:28 K:BB through 61 innings.

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  • Royals' Kris Bubic: Picks up second win

    Bubic (2-6) allowed two runs on four hits and three walks over seven innings Sunday, striking out four and earning a win over the Rays.

    Bubic served up a solo homer to Yandy Diaz in the third inning and an RBI sacrifice fly to Luke Raley in the sixth. The 24-year-old was 0-2 with a 3.95 ERA in five starts since his last win June 20. On the year, Bubic is sporting a 5.53 ERA with a 55:37 K:BB through 16 appearances (15 starts). He's expected to face the Yankees on the road next week.

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  • Royals' Kris Bubic: Strong start in no decision

    Bubic gave up two unearned runs on five hits and zero walks while striking out four over seven innings Sunday against the Blue Jays. He did not factor in the decision.

    This is the first time Bubic has given up fewer than two earned runs since June 4. He has not struck out more than five batters in a start since June 20. It's unclear if Bubic will pitch next weekend at home against the Rays or the following week at home against the Angels.

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  • Royals' Kris Bubic: No-decision versus Tigers

    Bubic allowed three runs on eight hits and two walks with five strikeouts in 5.2 innings, taking a no-decision versus the Tigers on Tuesday.

    Bubic was able to correct his control issues from his previous start, when he walked six batters. He threw 69 of 99 pitches for strikes Tuesday. He ended up instead leaving too many pitches in easy-to-hit spots, as the eight hits were the second-highest total he's given up this year. The southpaw was able to effectively limit the damage, as the Tigers put up two runs in the second inning and one more in the fifth against him. Bubic has a 6.63 ERA, 1.86 WHIP and 47:34 K:BB through 54.1 innings in 14 outings (13 starts). It's questionable if he'll get another start before the All-Star break -- Bubic could pitch Sunday versus the Blue Jays if Daniel Lynch (finger) can't start, but the Royals' pitching plans aren't currently known.

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  • Royals' Kris Bubic: Six walks in loss

    Bubic (1-6) took the loss Thursday, allowing three runs on four hits and six walks over 5.1 innings against the Astros. He struck out five.

    Bubic struggled with his command, throwing just 57 of 98 pitches for strikes. However, he was able to avoid major damage until Jose Altuve and Yordan Alvarez each hit home runs in the fifth inning to give the Astros a 3-2 lead. Across 13 appearances, Bubic sports a 6.84 ERA with a 42:32 K:BB. His next start is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday's game against Detroit.

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  • 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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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-3, 225 lbs
Birthplace: San Jose, CA
Age: 25
School: Stanford
Experience: 2
Bats/Throws: L, L