Stanek struck out one over a scoreless ninth inning to pick up his second save in a 3-0 win over the Dodgers on Tuesday.
With Ryan Pressly on the paternity list, the Astros did not have their closer available and were forced to improvise. This seemed like an ideal spot for the recently acquired Kendall Graveman, but manager Dusty Baker had the former Mariners closer pitch the eighth inning against the heart of the Los Angeles order.
Stanek allowed one run on one hit and two walks while striking out two over the eighth inning in Monday's 4-3 win over Cleveland.
Stanek was called upon to shepherd a two-run lead to closer Ryan Pressly, but he ran into trouble by walking two batters. After allowing a run on a single, he was able to strike out Bradley Zimmer on five pitches to record his 12th hold of the season. Other than a five-run kerfuffle against the Orioles on June 29, Stanek has been a trusted late-inning source out of the bullpen for Houston since mid-June. He entered Monday's contest having held the opposition scoreless in 12 of his last 13 appearances.
Stanek fired a perfect eighth inning to earn a hold in Wednesday's win over the Rockies.
Stanek retired the heart of the Red Sox's lineup in order to keep the three-run lead intact. The 29-year-old has a 3.24 ERA and 1.16 WHIP in 25 innings. Besides a single outing in which he allowed four runs, he has a 1.82 ERA and 33:14 K:BB with five holds and one save this season.
Stanek hit a batter and walked two over two-thirds of an inning in Thursday's 8-4 win over Oakland.
Stanek left with the bases juiced but avoided damage to his ERA when Ryan Pressly induced an inning-ending groundout. For Stanek, who had emerged as a high-leverage reliever, it was the third straight shaky outing, and he could be losing that key role. He's allowed five runs on three hits and six walks over his last 1.2 innings.
Stanek struck out one over a scoreless ninth inning to pick up his first save in Wednesday's 7-5 win over the Mariners.
Closer Ryan Pressly had thrown 31 pitches over the last two days, so he was skipped for this save opportunity. Instead, manager Dusty Baker opted for Stanek, who has emerged as Houston's eighth-inning reliever. The right-hander has fired blanks in nine of 12 outings and leapfrogged several relievers to claim a high-leverage role.
Stanek (0-1) was charged with the loss Friday against the Mariners, surrendering one run on two walks while registering two outs.
Stanek took the loss despite not giving up a hit. He recorded the final two outs of the eighth inning with ease, but walked the first two batters in the bottom of the ninth inning before he was pulled. Ryan Pressly entered the game and allowed the winning run to score, leaving Stanek with the loss. The 29-year-old has only surrendered two runs and owns an 11.7 K/9.
Stanek surrendered a solo home run and struck out one in one inning of Saturday's 7-3 loss to the Athletics.
Seth Brown took Stanek deep in the eighth inning, launching a 424-foot shot to right field that left the bat at 106.1 mph. It was the first hit and run Stanek's allowed in six innings over five appearances. The right-hander has struck out eight, walked one and hit two batters.
Stanek allowed one hit and one walk while striking out two over one inning in Saturday's spring game against St. Louis.
Stanek has made three spring appearances, giving up one run on three hits and two walks with four strikeouts over three innings. He had a minor role in the Marlins' bullpen in 2020 and is projected to be part of the Astros' bullpen this season, per Brian McTaggart of MLB.com. Beyond closer Ryan Pressly, the pecking order in the bullpen has not received much press and is not well defined. Joe Smith could serve as a setup man while perceived high-leverage options Josh James (hip) and Pedro Baez (not injury related) have not pitched yet this spring.
Stanek signed a one-year, $1.1 million contract with the Astros on Thursday, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports.
Stanek was non-tendered by Miami in early December, but he'll land with the Astros ahead of the 2021 campaign. The right-hander worked solely as a reliever during his first full season with the Marlins in 2020, posting a 7.20 ERA and 1.90 WHIP over 10 innings, but he spent most of the year on the injured list for an undisclosed reason. He'll attempt to carve out a more consistent role with Houston in 2021.
Stanek was non-tendered by the Marlins on Wednesday, Craig Mish of SportsGrid.com reports.
The right-hander was acquired from the Rays at the 2019 trade deadline, but he never found his footing with the Marlins and posted a 6.03 ERA in 31 appearances. Stanek had a 3.55 ERA and 1.23 WHIP over his three seasons in Tampa Bay.
Stanek (undisclosed) was activated from the 10-day injured list Friday.
The 29-year-old has been sidelined since the team's COVID-19 outbreak in late July, but he's now ready to rejoin the Marlins for the final month of the season. Stanek appeared in only one game before moving to the IL and allowed three runs on three hits with one strikeout and one walk over one inning.
Stanek (undisclosed) has been placed on the 10-day injured list, Jared Diamond of The Wall Street Journal reports.
Stanek was among the 13 Marlins placed on the injured list ahead of the team's return to play after a COVID-19 outbreak. However, a specific reason for Stanek's placement on the injured list wasn't announced.
Stanek is fully recovered from the back injury that limited him in the spring, Barry Jackson of The Miami Herald reports.
The right-hander threw only four innings in Grapefruit League action back in March, but he appears to be good to go for summer camp. Stanek's experience in a variety of roles with the Rays the last two seasons, including as an opener, could serve him well during what's likely to be a chaotic 2020 campaign, but his main appeal to fantasy GMs remains his career 11.0 K/9.
Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill said Thursday that Stanek has responded well while receiving treatment for his lower-back injury in Tampa, Craig Mish of SportsGrid.com reports.
Hill didn't specify whether Stanek had resumed a throwing program, but with the MLB season likely at least a month away from starting up, the reliever still has plenty of time to ease back to full health. Assuming Stanek is good to go by the time play resumes, he'll likely serve as one of the Marlins' top setup men out of the bullpen.
Stanek's availability for Opening Day is in jeopardy due to a lower back injury, Barry Jackson of The Miami Herald reports.
It's not clear when the right-hander sustained the injury, but the Marlins are being cautious with him. "Stanek, he's getting better," manager Don Mattingly said. "He's in the mode of we've got to get him stronger and get back on the mound. Of course, we've got to get him good. That lower back is something obviously for a pitcher or anyone." Stanek has a 0.00 ERA and 4:1 K:BB through four innings this spring, and when healthy is expected to handle a high-leverage role in the Miami bullpen.
Stanek struck out three over 1.2 perfect innings in Wednesday's loss to the Brewers.
Stanek worked out of a two-on, one-out jam in the seventh inning by striking out Ryan Braun and Eric Thames (both swinging), and then retired the side in order in the eighth before handing the ball over to Jose Urena. Urena gave up a two-run homer to take the loss and has now given up five runs in four innings since returning from the injured list. Despite Urena's struggles, the Marlins haven't given any indication that they will end the Urena-as-closer experiment early. Stanek could challenge for the job in spring training, but expect him to remain in a setup role over the rest of this season.
Stanek (0-4) blew the save and was hit with the loss Friday night against the Nationals after allowing two runs on two hits and a walk over one-thid of an inning.
Stanek entered the matchup in the bottom of the ninth with a one-run lead, but he surrendered a pair of runs on a single to left field, ending the contest. The 28-year-old has blown four saves in his last five appearances, and he seems unlikely to hang onto the closer's role for much longer given his recent struggles.
Stanek may only get another week in the closer's role with the news that Jose Urena (back) might take over in the ninth inning when he is activated in September, Craig Mish of FNTSY Sports Radio reports.
The Marlins are saying they are not looking past this season as far as the closer role is concerned, but the organization thought that it would be good for Urena to return in a role where he would know when he would be used rather than slotting into a crowded rotation. The right-hander is under team control through the 2021 season while Stanek is under team control through 2023. Stanek had a reasonable chance of establishing himself as the Marlins' closer after getting traded from Tampa Bay at the deadline, but he has given up seven earned runs (three home runs) in 6.1 innings with his new team and may have to wait until next spring for his next crack at the job.
Stanek (0-3) allowed two earned runs on three hits and a walk while striking out two to take the loss Thursday against the Braves.
Stanek was called upon to begin the eighth inning with the Marlins up by a run. However, he allowed a solo home run to Freddie Freeman in the eighth inning that tied the score. He then came back out in the ninth frame but allowed two of the first three batters to reach base prior to surrendering the game-winning single to Ronald Acuna with two outs. Stanek appears to have the usage of a closer, but he's been rocky since joining the Marlins by allowing seven earned runs across 7.1 innings.
Stanek allowed two runs (one earned) on a hit and a walk Sunday, striking out two and blowing the save opportunity in the loss to Colorado.
Stanek had a 3.40 ERA with the Rays before being traded to Miami; since then, he's coughed up six runs (five earned) in 4.2 innings. Sunday was the first save chance he's gotten this season, and he didn't exactly warrant more looks in the near future.
|Last 7 Games|
|08/03||@ LAD||W 3-0||1||1.0||0||0||0||1|
|08/01||@ SF||L 3-5||1.0||0||0||1||1|
|07/30||@ SF||W 9-6||0.2||2||0||1||0|
|07/27||@ SEA||W 8-6||1.0||0||0||0||1|
|07/26||@ SEA||L 8-11||1||0.2||1||2||1||1|
|07/24||vs TEX||W 4-1||1.0||1||0||0||3|
|07/21||vs CLE||L 4-5||1.0||0||0||1||2|
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|Minor League Pitching Stats|
|2014||AFX-Bowling Green Hot Ro||44.2||9||9||0||3||4||0||46||13||47||3.67||1.357|
|2014||AFA-Charlotte Stone Crab||13.0||3||3||0||1||1||0||4||5||13||5.54||1.385|
|2015||AFA-Charlotte Stone Crab||50.2||9||9||0||4||2||0||38||15||33||1.79||0.956|