Yarbrough, whom the Rays have seemed hesitant to anoint a full-fledged member of the rotation in the past, will likely have an enhanced opportunity for regular starts during an abbreviated 2020 season, Josh Tolentino of The Athletic reports.
The southpaw fought through some adversity in 2019 to put together a solid season, one that saw him reach double-digit wins (11) for the second time in as many big-league campaigns and also finish third in WHIP (1.00) in the AL behind only Justin Verlander (0.80) and Gerrit Cole (0.89). Yarbrough was also a versatile workhorse for manager Kevin Cash, as the 28-year-old's 141.2 innings were second only to Charlie Morton's 194.2 on the Rays. Yarbrough ultimately logged 28 appearances despite being sent down to Triple-A Durham on three occasions last season, but Cash still hadn't fully committed to him as a regular starter before spring training was suspended. However, the fact the Rays had already planned on deploying a "bullpen day" strategy much less frequently in 2020 -- and that they now may look to manage starter's workloads more carefully due to an abbreviated ramp-up period to a shortened season -- both figure to solidify Yarbrough's chances of becoming a full-fledged member of the rotation.
Yarbrough was in line to operate as a traditional starter on occasion in 2020 when spring training was suspended, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Yarbrough certainly inspired confidence with his body of work during Grapefruit League play, allowing just one unearned run across six innings over three spring appearances. The southpaw filled a number of roles for manager Kevin Cash last season, making 14 starts in his 26 appearances while also serving as a bulk reliever following an opener. Topkin notes Yarbrough could certainly see time in the latter capacity this coming season, but adds the Rays may also use an opener less frequently in 2020 than in the past two campaigns.
Yarbrough threw 60 pitches over four innings in a simulated game Tuesday, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.
The left-hander faced Nate Lowe, Mike Zunino and Daniel Robertson while working with Kevan Smith as his battery mate. Yarbrough threw 40 of 60 pitches for strikes and once again made a strong impression in his bid for a spot in the starting rotation. As it turns out, it was Yarbrough's last spring opportunity to do so now that the rest of the exhibition ledger has been wiped out due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but manager Kevin Cash took note of how good his potential No. 5 starter looked. "His ball moves everywhere," Cash said. "The late movement that he can create is really, really impressive. You understand why he's had so much success in his first two seasons."
Yarbrough fired three scoreless innings during which he allowed three hits and no walks in a Grapefruit League win over the Pirates on Thursday. He struck out two.
The left-hander continued his stellar start to the spring at the expense of a Pittsburgh lineup that featured multiple regulars, giving him a 0.00 ERA through six innings. Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports Yarbrough threw 43 pitches, 32 of which found the strike zone, and despite allowing the leadoff man to get on in each inning, the 28-year-old was pleased with the extra work those slight struggles allowed him to get in. Yarbrough isn't likely to find out whether his quest for a spot in the starting rotation is successful until the end of Grapefruit League play, but he's certainly making a strong case thus far.
Yarbrough, who's often served as a bulk reliever behind an opener over the last two seasons, is vying to secure a role as a traditional starter this spring, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.
The 28-year-old did log starts in half of his 28 appearances last season along the way to an 11-6 record, 4.13 ERA and 1.00 WHIP across 141. 2 innings. Yarbrough made a favorable first impression by throwing 14 of 21 pitches for strikes in a scoreless first inning against the Yankees on Sunday, and he boasts a five-pitch repertoire that includes a trademark cutter that he complements with a sinker, changeup, curveball and four-seam fastball. Manager Kevin Cash has already stated he still plans to split Yarbrough's work between the rotation and bullpen again this season, but that won't stop the right-hander from chasing his goal of full-time starter. "It's one of those things where I just try and show them, I've come in and shown I can compete for that [starter] role and prove to them that I can do that," Yarbrough said. "Obviously, that's in my thought process a little bit."
Yarbrough's role isn't certain heading into the season, Josh Tolentino of The Athletic reports.
Yarbrough served as one of the Rays' signature "bulk relievers" in 2018 and part of 2019 before becoming a traditional starter in the middle of the season. He finished the year with a respectable 4.13 ERA, a 20.8 percent strikeout rate and an excellent 3.6 percent walk rate across 141.2 innings. His eventual role may not matter too much from a fantasy perspective, as he'll still have a chance to pick up wins as a bulk reliever, and he'll handle a fairly heavy workload regardless of exactly where he slots in within a game.
Yarbrough will be on the roster for Wednesday's AL Wild Card Game against Oakland.
Yarbrough threw five innings Saturday against the Blue Jays, so he'll be appearing on three days' rest if he pitches Wednesday. The Rays will need all hands on deck for the single-elimination contest, though, so it won't be a surprise to see Yarbrough get into the game.
Yarbrough (11-6) allowed three runs on five hits and two walks while striking out three over five innings in a loss to the Blue Jays on Saturday.
All of the damage against Yarbrough was done in the first inning, with the lefty allowing base hits to each of the first four batters he faced. Yarbrough eventually settled in and allowed just one hit over his final four frames. He was also knocked around in the first inning of his Sept. 22 start, so if the Rays advance and Yarbrough pitches in the ALDS, it will likely be behind an opener.
Yarbrough (11-5) gave up six runs on eight hits and one walk while striking out two through 3.1 innings to take the loss against the Red Sox on Sunday.
Yarbrough endured a disastrous first inning in which he allowed six hits, including a three-run home run, before running into trouble again in the fourth frame. The 27-year-old has a 4.08 ERA with 114 strikeouts through 27 appearances this season. Yarbrough is scheduled to make his next start Saturday against the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre.
Yarbrough (11-4) allowed six runs on 10 hits and two walks over five innings Sunday, striking out three batters and taking the loss against the Angels.
After allowing three runs in the first two innings, Yarbrough had started to settle in before Albert Pujols crushed him with a three-run shot in the fifth. It was his first loss since June 13, which was also the last time he faced the Angels. He'll carry a 3.78 ERA into Sunday's home start against the Red Sox.
Yarbrough didn't factor into the decision in Tuesday's 5-3 extra-innings win over the Rangers, allowing three runs on three hits and a walk over seven innings while striking out seven.
Texas struck for all three of its runs in the fourth inning, with the big blow being a two-run shot by Nick Solak, and Yarbrough exited in line for his fourth loss of the year until Tampa tied things up in the top of the eighth. The southpaw will take a 3.51 ERA and 109:15 K:BB through 128.1 innings into his next outing Sunday, on the road against the Angels.
Yarbrough yielded four runs on nine hits while striking out four over six innings Monday against Baltimore. He didn't factor into the decision.
Yarbrough cruised through the first five innings untouched, but the Orioles got to the left-hander in the sixth for four runs. The 27-year-old continues to put together a solid 2019 campaign, posting a 3.49 ERA and 0.90 WHIP with a 102:14 K:BB over 121.1 innings.
Yarbrough didn't factor into the decision in Wednesday's 8-6 loss to the Astros, allowing three runs on four hits and a walk over six innings while striking out five.
The southpaw kept Houston off the board for three innings before getting tagged for three runs in the fourth, but Yarbrough still delivered his third quality start in his last four trips to the mound. He'll carry a 3.36 ERA, 0.87 WHIP and 98:14 K:BB through 115.1 innings into his next outing Monday, at home against the Orioles.
Yarbrough allowed two runs (one earned) on three hits with zero walks and five strikeouts across 4.1 innings during a no-decision against the Orioles on Thursday.
The 27-year-old gave up a pair of runs in the first inning, but that was it, as he shut the door over the next 3.1 frames. Unfortunately for him, he didn't last long enough to earn the victory, but he does own a 0.75 ERA with 28 strikeouts in his last 24 innings. Overall, Yarbrough, who will start next at the Astros on Wednesday, is 11-3 with a 3.29 ERA, 0.87 WHIP and 93 strikeouts in 109.1 innings this season.
Yarbrough struck out 10 batters while allowing zero runs on three hits with no walks across 6.1 during a no-decision against the Tigers on Saturday.
While he didn't go as deep into the game, Yarbrough was arguably even better in this outing than his last one, extending his scoreless streak to 15 innings. His 10 strikeouts were a season high, and Yarbrough has allowed one earned run in his last 19.2 frames (0.47 ERA). He remains 11-3, but his other numbers improved Saturday -- 3.34 ERA, 0.88 WHIP and 88 strikeouts in 105 innings this season. Yarbrough will look to extend his scoreless streak in Baltimore on Thursday.
Yarbrough (11-3) earned the win against Seattle on Sunday, completing 8.2 shutout innings and allowing three hits. He struck out eight and did not walk a batter.
Yarbrough needed only 99 pitches (73 strikes) to deliver 26 outs but was denied his first career complete game and shutout when manager Kevin Cash opted to turn to closer Emilio Pagan to retire the final batter in the 1-0 duel. Pitching as a traditional starter for the first time in four outings, Yarbrough flustered Seattle hitters all afternoon, allowing only a trio of singles and preventing any Mariner from reaching second base. The 27-year-old has now allowed one run or fewer in 13 of his 20 appearances this season and has not been charged with a loss since giving up five runs to the Angels on June 13. He'll carry a 3.56 ERA, 0.90 WHIP and 78:13 K:BB over 98.2 innings into his next scheduled start, at home against the Tigers on Saturday.
Yarbrough allowed three runs (one earned) on four hits and one walk over 4.2 innings during Tuesday's win over the Blue Jays. He struck out five and did not factor in the decision.
Yarbrough saw two unearned runs cross the plate during the fourth inning as a throwing error allowed both runs to score with two outs. The 27-year-old worked into the seventh inning as the bulk reliever, but he was pulled with two outs after giving up a double and a walk -- both of which were stranded. Yarbrough has a 3.90 ERA, 0.96 WHIP and 70:13 K:BB over 90 innings and lines up to work again Sunday at Seattle.
Yarbrough will serve as the primary pitcher for Tuesday's game against the Blue Jays, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
With Andrew Kittredge set to serve as the opener, Yarbrough will follow as Tampa Bay's bulk reliever in the second game of the series. The southpaw is coming off a win in his last appearance, surrendering four runs over 4.1 innings Wednesday against the Red Sox.
Yarbrough (10-3) picked up the win in Wednesday's 8-5 victory over the Red Sox, allowing four runs on six hits over 4.1 innings of relief while striking out three.
The lefty wasn't really fooling anyone as Tampa's bulk reliever -- he served up as many homers as he generated swinging strikes (two) over 75 pitches -- but an offensive eruption from the Rays was enough to get Yarbrough his fifth straight winning decision despite the fact that he gave up more than one run in an outing for the first time since June 13. He now sports a 4.01 ERA and 65:12 K:BB through 85.1 innings on the year.
Yarbrough will cover the bulk of innings Wednesday against the Red Sox following opener Andrew Kittredge, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Yarbrough was effective in the same role against the Blue Jays last Friday, allowing just one run across 5.1 innings while recording four strikeouts. The southpaw has similar numbers as a starter and reliever this season but has been slightly more effective as the latter, posting a solid 3.64 ERA, .218 BAA and .253 wOBA over 47.0 innings out of the bullpen.
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