Wittgren struck out two in a perfect inning Saturday versus Seattle.
Wittgren has struggled with consistency recently -- he's allowed four runs across 5.2 innings in his last six outings. The right-hander did well in the sixth inning of Saturday's de facto bullpen game. He has a 4.95 ERA, 1.05 WHIP and 23:5 K:BB across 20 innings. He's also logged a save and four holds, but he'll need to be more reliable to get high-leverage assignments regularly.
Wittgren pitched a perfect inning and struck out one in a 6-5 win over Toronto in Game 2 of Sunday's doubleheader.
Wittgren allowed two runs in an inning in his last appearance, but he's kept runs off the board in eight of his 10 outings in May. The right-hander has a 4.96 ERA, 0.92 WHIP and 18:4 K:BB across 16.1 innings this year. He's posted a save, four holds and a 2-1 record, and his recent success could lead to more work in close games.
Wittgren struck out two in a perfect inning during Monday's 7-4 loss to the Angels.
Wittgren started the season poorly, but he's been better in May, posting a 1.29 ERA, 0.14 WHIP and nine strikeouts in seven innings this month. The 29-year-old has been eclipsed by Emmanuel Clase and James Karinchak for closing duties, but Wittgren's recent success suggests he could still work his way back into a high-leverage role.
Wittgren (2-1) earned the win Wednesday against the Royals after pitching a scoreless inning with three strikeouts.
Wittgren tossed 10 of his 17 pitches for strikes en route to his second win of the campaign, and he struck out the side -- retiring Jorge Soler, Hunter Dozier and Ryan O'Hearn in order. The 29-year-old righty has recorded a victory in each of his last two outings while extending his streak of scoreless appearances to four. He owns a 5.79 ERA across 9.1 innings.
Wittgren (1-1) pitched a perfect seventh inning to earn the win in Tuesday's 7-3 victory over Kansas City.
Wittgren became the pitcher of record when Cleveland rallied for four runs in the top of the eighth inning. The right-hander has kept runs off the scoreboard in five of his last six outings. He's had a rough start to the year with a 6.48 ERA, 1.44 WHIP and 7:4 K:BB across 8.1 innings, but he's been more effective in recent outings. He's picked up one save and three holds in nine appearances, although Wittgren seems to do better in a lower-leverage role.
Cleveland reinstated Wittgren (personal) from the paternity list Wednesday, Tom Withers of the Associated Press reports.
Wittgren ended up spending two days away from the team following the birth of his son. He'll be available out of the bullpen for Wednesday's series finale against the Twins.
Cleveland placed Wittgren on the paternity list Monday.
Wittgren will be away from the team for up to three days after his wife gave birth to the couple's son earlier Monday. Cleveland recalled Kyle Nelson from its alternate site to provide an extra arm out of the bullpen while Wittgren is inactive.
Wittgren (0-1) was charged with the loss Thursday after giving up two runs on two hits and two walks with a pair of strikeouts in two-thirds of an inning versus the Yankees.
He entered the game in the seventh inning but was in trouble almost immediately, and a two-run single from Rougned Odor was enough to stick Wittgren with the loss. The right-hander has struggled with six earned runs allowed in 5.1 innings so far. He's got a 5:4 K:BB, one save and three holds. Fantasy managers looking for closing options from Cleveland would do better to check on the availability of Emmanuel Clase.
Wittgren pitched a scoreless seventh inning with one hit and one strikeout to earn a hold in Saturday's 3-2 extra-inning loss to the Reds.
Wittgren allowed a double to Jesse Winker, but Winker was caught attempting to stretch the hit into a triple. The 29-year-old Wittgren then retired the next two batters for his third hold of the year. He's posted a 7.71 ERA and 1.71 WHIP across 4.2 innings. Despite some shaky moments early in the season, Wittgren remains part of Cleveland's plans in the late innings.
Wittgren pitched a scoreless inning with one hit and one strikeout in Thursday's 4-2 win over the White Sox.
Wittgren worked the seventh inning, while fellow relievers James Karinchak and Emmanuel Clase handled the eighth and ninth, respectively. The 29-year-old Wittgren has allowed four earned runs on five hits and two walks over 3.2 innings to start 2021. Thursday was the second time in four outings he kept runs off the board. He's posted one save and two holds.
Wittgren allowed a run on one hit and struck out one over one inning to earn a hold in Sunday's 5-2 win over the Tigers.
Wittgren worked the seventh inning and allowed a solo shot to Wilson Ramos that cut Cleveland's lead to 3-2. The 29-year-old Wittgren hasn't been busy yet this season, working 2.2 innings over three appearances. He's allowed four runs on four hits and two walks. The right-hander is part of Cleveland's closer committee, but he's been less effective on the mound than either of Emmanuel Clase or James Karinchak.
Wittgren picked up the save Wednesday against the Royals after pitching a scoreless ninth inning. He didn't record a strikeout nor issue a walk.
Wittgren is part of a three-man closer committee alongside James Karinchak and Emmanuel Clase, but he got the nod for the save opportunity here and didn't disappoint -- he retired Hunter Dozier, Kyle Isbel and Michael Taylor on eight pitches. This was a big bounceback performance for the 29-year-old right-hander, who opened the year allowing three runs across two-thirds of an inning against the Tigers on April 3.
Cleveland will use a committee of James Karinchak, Emmanuel Clase and Wittgren for save chances this season, manager Terry Francona told MLB.com.
Wittgren had a strong spring with a 1.08 ERA and nine strikeouts in 8.1 innings with one walk. It sounds like the closer situation could be flux early in the season, but Wittgren could get a larger share of save chances if he continues his spring performance.
Wittgren has impressed manager Terry Francona this spring and could be a candidate to close games to start the season, Tom Withers of the Associated Press reports.
James Karinchak is being drafted as if he's Cleveland's most likely closer, and while he could certainly fill the role, there hasn't been much of an indication from the team that he's the clear favorite. Karinchak struck out an incredible 48.6 percent of batters last season but also walked 14.7 percent, and he's been no different this spring, striking out 18 batters in eight innings while walking six. Wittgren, by contrast, offers a far less extreme package. Both his 28.6 percent strikeout rate and 6.1 percent walk rate last season were strong but not particularly noteworthy, and his 6:1 K:BB in six scoreless innings this spring is similarly solid. If Francona prefers stability over dominance in the ninth inning, it could well be Wittgren who earns the majority of the team's save opportunities this year.
Wittgren has allowed two hits and no walks while striking out one over three scoreless innings to begin spring training.
Wittgren served as one of Cleveland's top setup men in 2020 and has been effective across three relief outings this spring. The right-hander will likely serve in a setup role once again with James Karinchak the favorite to begin the season as the team's closer, but Wittgren could contend for save chances if Karinchak and Emmanuel Clase struggle early in the year, Ben Axelrod of WKYC reports.
Wittgren agreed Tuesday with Cleveland on a one-year, $2 million contract to avoid arbitration, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.
Wittgren was one of the club's top setup men in 2020, turning in a 3.42 ERA and a 28:6 K:BB in 23.2 innings. With Cleveland choosing to non-tender Brad Hand this offseason, Wittgren could be in the mix for saves in 2021 if the team doesn't acquire another established closing option over the winter.
Wittgren could be a candidate for saves if Brad Hand struggles, Joe Noga of Cleveland.com reports.
Hand will enter the season as the Indians' closer, but the team will need to have a backup plan in case his struggles from late in the 2019 campaign spill over into 2020. Wittgren would be among the candidates to claim the role, as James Karinchak has the arsenal for high-leverage work but lacks experience as a big-league closer while Emmanuel Clase (lat) is expected to be out until June. Wittgren recorded four saves and 12 holds for Cleveland last season, and posted a strong 2.81 ERA backed by a 1.08 WHIP.
Wittgren signed a one-year, $1.125 million deal to avoid arbitration with the Indians on Friday, freelance baseball writer Robert Murray reports.
Wittgren was acquired by the Indians from the Marlins in February and had a quality first season with his new team, posting a 2.81 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and 60:15 K:BB over 57.2 innings with 12 holds and four saves. The 28-year-old figures to work in a similar role in 2020.
Wittgren had one strikeout and didn't allow a baserunner over 1.2 innings to earn the save in the nightcap of Wednesday's doubleheader against Texas.
Wittgren entered with two outs in the eighth and a 2-1 lead, but the Indians tacked on three runs during the bottom of the frame to make it a comfortable ninth inning. Closer Brad Hand recorded the save in Game 1, providing Wittgren the chance to finish up the nightcap.
Wittgren gave up one run on one hit and one walk while striking out three through 1.2 innings to record his second save in a 7-2 win over the Tigers on Wednesday.
Wittgren gave up a solo home run in the eighth inning but settled down to deliver a scoreless ninth inning to nail down his second save. Wittgren has been great in July, posting a 2.95 ERA and only allowing a hit in two of his six appearances. Wittgren has a 4-0 record with a 3.19 ERA and a 9.6 K/9 through 33 appearances this season.
|Last 7 Games|
|06/18||@ PIT||L 10-11||1.0||0||0||0||1|
|06/17||vs BAL||W 10-3||1.0||0||0||0||0|
|06/15||vs BAL||W 7-2||1.0||0||0||1||1|
|06/12||vs SEA||W 5-4||1.0||0||0||0||2|
|06/06||@ BAL||L 5-18||1.0||1||1||0||1|
|06/04||@ BAL||L 1-3||1.0||3||1||1||0|
|05/31||vs CHW||W 3-1||0.2||1||0||0||2|
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|Minor League Pitching Stats|
|2015||AAA-New Orleans Zephyrs||62.1||51||0||0||1||6||19||64||8||58||3.04||1.063|
|2016||AAA-New Orleans Zephyrs||12.2||10||0||0||1||0||2||11||4||6||1.48||0.820|
|2017||AAA-New Orleans Zephyrs||5.0||5||0||0||0||0||0||6||0||3||0.00||0.600|
|2018||AAX-Jacksonville Jumbo S||1.1||2||0||0||0||1||0||1||0||4||16.36||3.636|
|2018||AAA-New Orleans Baby Cak||29.1||25||0||0||0||5||2||34||8||34||5.26||1.443|