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Jun 13, 2024 3 3 5.08 12 9.5
Jun 9, 2024 2 3 5.27 12 -8.5
Jun 8, 2024 2 2 4.73 12 3
Jun 6, 2024 2 2 4.91 12 10
Jun 2, 2024 2 2 5.11 11 3

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The Royals acquired James McArthur via trade last May after the 26-year-old was designated for assignment by Phillies. The 6-foot-7 right-hander was mostly unimpressive as a long reliever for Kansas City's Triple-A affiliate, but nonetheless he was recalled for his big-league debut last June. He allowed seven earned runs over an inning of work during his MLB debut, then was shuttled back and forth between the majors and minors multiple times. Upon his final recall in early September, McArthur looked like a completely different pitcher. He closed out the season throwing more curveballs and fewer sinkers, which resulted in a 12-game scoreless streak spanning 16.1 innings with an impressive 19:0 K:BB. He even got some run as the Royals' closer, securing four saves over the final two weeks. McArthur's strong finish certainly improves his chances of making the Royals' 2024 Opening Day roster, but closing is no guarantee.

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2024 129.55 28.3 3 3 12 25 5 5.08 1.41
2023 81.54.5 23.3 1 4 23 2 4.63 0.94
2022 0.0 0.00 0.00
3y Avg. 384.2 11.7 0 2 12 1 4.63 0.94
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  • Royals' James McArthur: Secures win Thursday

    McArthur (3-3) allowed a hit and struck out one in a scoreless inning to earn the win over the Yankees on Thursday. McArthur rebounded from his previous outing, which saw him take the loss versus the Mariners on Sunday after allowing three runs (two earned) in two-thirds of an inning. He's kept runs off the board in four of his five outings in June, but he has just one save this month. For the year, he's at a 5.08 ERA, 1.41 WHIP and 25:5 K:BB over 28.1 innings while converting 12 of his 16 save opportunities as the Royals' primary closer.
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  • Royals' James McArthur: Crumbles in extra-inning loss

    McArthur (2-3) allowed three runs (two earned) on two hits and two walks while striking out one over two-thirds of an inning to take the extra-inning loss versus the Mariners on Sunday. McArthur's tumultuous pitching continued after a brief three-inning scoreless streak to begin June. He got into trouble in the 10th inning Sunday, allowing an RBI single to Julio Rodriguez and a two-run single to Cal Raleigh. The Royals nearly overcame it with another comeback push, but that fell short. McArthur has given up multiple runs five times this season, with four of those outings coming since the start of May. He's at a 5.27 ERA, 1.43 WHIP and 24:5 K:BB through 27.1 innings while adding 12 saves in 16 chances. While he's generally kept decent control, he's giving up too much contact to be reliable, though the same can be said for a majority of the Royals' relievers.
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  • Royals' James McArthur: Rebounds for 12th save

    McArthur delivered a perfect ninth inning Thursday to earn the save in a 4-3 win over the Guardians. It was an encouraging outing from McArthur, who allowed four runs without recording an out in his last save opportunity. However, he's now recorded back-to-back hitless innings in his subsequent two appearances. Overall, McArthur is 12-for-16 in save chances with a 4.91 ERA and 1.36 WHIP despite an impressive 23:3 K:BB.
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  • Royals' James McArthur: Snags win Saturday

    McArthur (2-2) allowed an unearned run on one hit over two innings, earning the extra-innings win over the Rays on Saturday. McArthur gave up a two-out RBI double in the 10th inning that tied the game at 4-4, but the Royals took the lead for good in the 11th. May hasn't been an easy month for McArthur, who has given up eight runs (six earned) over 10 innings while converting four of his six save chances. He's at a 3.80 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and 23:3 K:BB over 23.2 innings while adding 11 saves in 14 chances and one hold. McArthur's role as the Royals' primary closer isn't in doubt yet, but it's possible Carlos Hernandez will be a factor in the late innings eventually after recovering from a shoulder injury that kept him out for the first two months of the campaign.
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  • Royals' James McArthur: Converts 10th save

    McArthur allowed a run on two hits and struck out three without walking a batter over 1.1 innings to earn the save in Tuesday's 4-2 win over the Mariners. McArthur gave up a solo home run to Mitch Haniger in the ninth inning, but he was able to avoid any further damage. The right-hander has surrendered seven runs (six earned) over his last five appearances, and he's been tagged for four homers in that span. He's managed to convert saves in each of his last two outings despite the long balls. McArthur is 10-for-13 in save chances this year while adding a 4.58 ERA, 1.37 WHIP and 21:3 K:BB through 19.2 innings. He does not appear to be in danger of losing the closer job yet, but it is concerning to see him give up so much hard contact.
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  • Royals' James McArthur: Surrenders go-ahead homer

    McArthur (1-2) took the loss and blew the save Tuesday against Milwaukee, allowing three runs on three hits and a walk over one inning. He didn't log a strikeout. For a second straight appearance, McArthur took the mound in the ninth with the Royals leading and surrendered a game-altering home run. This time, Willy Adames put the Brewers up 6-5 with a three-run shot that plated William Contreras and Gary Sanchez with two outs. Despite blowing back-to-back saves, fantasy managers shouldn't panic about McArthur, considering he hadn't allowed a run in nine consecutive appearances prior to the stretch.
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  • Royals' James McArthur: Blown save, loss versus Texas

    McArthur (1-1) blew a save and picked up the loss after he pitched two innings, surrendering two runs (one earned) on four hits while striking out three batters in Sunday's 3-2 extra-inning defeat to the Rangers. McArthur entered the game with the Royals up 2-1 in the top of the ninth inning and gave up a game-tying solo home run to Jonah Heim with one out in the inning. He later returned for the top of the 10th frame, allowing the inherited runner to score on an RBI single by Nathaniel Lowe. The blown save was McArthur's second in nine total save opportunities this season, and he currently possesses a 2.87 ERA and 1.28 WHIP with 18 strikeouts over 15.2 innings in 13 appearances this season.
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  • Royals' James McArthur: Secures fifth save

    McArthur allowed one hit and one walk over two scoreless innings to earn a save in Tuesday's 3-2 win over the Blue Jays. Only two men were able to reach base against McArthur despite the 27-year-old pitching an additional inning Tuesday, though he failed to register a strikeout. The right-hander now has five saves on the young season and seems to have cemented himself as the Royals' primary closer.
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  • Royals' James McArthur: Snags win Tuesday

    McArthur (1-0) earned the victory in Tuesday's 4-3 extra-inning win over the Astros, firing two scoreless innings during which he gave up a hit and recorded two strikeouts. McArthur entered the contest in the top of the ninth inning with the score tied at 3-3, setting the Astros down in order. He returned for the top of the 10th frame, working around a two-out single by Jeremy Pena to keep the game tied while also picking up a pair of strikeouts. The Royals then walked it off with an RBI single by Salvador Perez in the bottom of the frame, giving McArthur his first win of the 2024 campaign. The right-hander now owns a 5.40 ERA with seven strikeouts over 6.2 innings in six appearances with Kansas City this season, going 2-for-3 in save opportunities in the process.
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  • Royals' James McArthur: Closes out fourth save of season

    McArthur picked up the save in Sunday's 5-2 win over the Yankees. He allowed one hit while striking out four over two scoreless innings. McArthur has emerged as a closing option for the Royals in the last month as he now leads the team in saves since Sept. 1. Sunday's game marked the longest save of his career so far, with McArthur working two innings without trouble to shut the door. The rookie right-hander has improved his ERA in each month and has not allowed a run in his last 16.1 innings. He concludes his debut season with a 4.63 ERA and 0.94 WHIP in 23.1 innings with 23 strikeouts. His impressive performance to end the season will surely improve his chances of starting the year with the big club in 2024.
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  • Royals' James McArthur: Secures third save

    McArthur picked up the save in Sunday's 6-5 victory over the Astros. He allowed one hit and no walks while striking out one over a scoreless inning. McArthur appears to be part of a committee for the Royals' closer job, as he and Taylor Clarke split three saves this weekend in a sweep of the Astros (two for McArthur and one for Clarke). They have both earned preference over Carlos Hernandez, who has notched a hold in consecutive games. The 27-year-old McArthur has not allowed a run in 13.1 innings since being recalled Sept. 1. He's an intriguing fantasy pick-up for saves as the Royals finish the season against the Tigers and Yankees.
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  • Royals' James McArthur: Notches five-out save

    McArthur allowed a hit over 1.2 scoreless frames Friday, striking out two and earning a save against Houston. McArthur entered a 7-5 game in the eighth inning and had little trouble recording the final five outs. He's picked up his first two career saves over the last week and is currently riding a 12.1-inning scoreless streak. McArthur allowed seven runs in one inning in his MLB debut June 28, but in 18.1 innings since, he's registered a 2.45 ERA with a 17:1 K:BB.
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  • Royals' James McArthur: Collects first career save

    McArthur picked up the save in Monday's 6-4 victory over the Guardians. He pitched a clean inning and struck out one. After picking up his first career win Saturday, McArthur added a save to his ledger Monday. With both Taylor Clarke and Carlos Hernandez being unavailable due to throwing in two of the three previous days, McArthur was summoned for the save Monday after the Royals mounted a comeback in the eighth inning. McArthur has allowed just one hit with zero walks and eight strikeouts in 9.2 scoreless innings this month.
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  • Royals' James McArthur: Notches win over Houston

    McArthur (1-0) struck out two over 1.1 perfect innings to earn the win Saturday over the Astros. Collin Snider surrendered a game-tying home run to Jose Altuve, but McArthur was able to prevent the Astros from pulling ahead in the seventh inning. The Royals gained the lead in their half of the frame, and McArthur wound up with his first big-league win. While he's had a couple of rough outings this year, the right-hander has allowed just one hit while striking out seven over 8.2 scoreless innings since he was recalled from Triple-A Omaha when rosters expanded at the start of September.
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  • Royals' James McArthur: Recalled from Omaha

    Kansas City recalled McArthur from Triple-A Omaha on Friday. McArthur has given up 12 earned runs through his first seven major-league innings this season. The 26-year-old right-hander figures to operate in a low-leverage role as he gets another look in the Royals' bullpen.
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  • Royals' James McArthur: Recalled from Omaha

    Kansas City recalled McArthur from Triple-A Omaha on Friday. McArthur was just optioned out Wednesday, but the Royals need a replacement for Taylor Clarke as he heads to the 15-day IL with right elbow inflammation. McArthur figures to work in long relief.
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  • Royals' James McArthur: Optioned to Triple-A

    Kansas City optioned McArthur to Triple-A Omaha on Wednesday. McArthur was only up in the majors for one day and did not make an appearance. The 26-year-old right-hander got lit up for seven earned runs while recording only three outs in his major-league debut back on June 28 against the Guardians.
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  • Phillies' James McArthur: Recalled, placed on 60-day IL

    McArthur was recalled and placed on the 60-day injured list with a right elbow stress reaction Wednesday. McArthur was working as a starter at Double-A Reading to begin the season, and he posted a 5.05 ERA and 1.61 WHIP in 57 innings over 13 starts. However, he'll be forced to miss at least two months due to his elbow injury. It's not yet clear when the right-hander is expected to return, but he should head back to the minors once he's considered healthy.
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