Lopez appeared ticketed for a swingman role when camp was suspended, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.
Flanagan suggests that Lopez would have opened the year as a long reliever while staying stretched out so that he could enter the rotation as needed. Prospect Brady Singer had emerged as a dark horse candidate to win the fifth starter's spot. Lopez had a 4.22 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 12:2 K:BB in 10.2 innings this spring.
Manager Mike Matheny said that Lopez is in line to start Friday's Cactus League opener against the Rangers, Alec Lewis of The Athletic reports.
Lopez will get his first opportunity to stake a claim to an Opening Day rotation spot after he flitted back and forth between starting and relief duty during a mostly turbulent 2019 season. He was similarly ineffective in both capacities, posting a 6.57 ERA and .374 wOBA across 86.1 innings as a starter and a 5.79 ERA and .327 wOBA over 37.1 innings out of the bullpen. Securing a starting role would enhance Lopez's fantasy appeal, but he'll merely be an AL-only consideration until he delivers better results at the big-league level.
Lopez did not factor in the decision against Minnesota on Sunday, completing six innings and giving up four runs on six hits and no walks while striking out three.
Lopez did a good job in limiting Minnesota to six baserunners but couldn't keep the ball in the park as all four runs scored against him came via the long ball. The 26-year-old shifted between the bullpen and a starting role in a disappointing season, concluding the campaign with a 4-9 record along with a 6.33 ERA, 1.47 WHIP and 109:42 K:BB across 123.2 innings.
Lopez (4-9) allowed seven runs on eight hits with one walk and zero strikeouts across 2.1 innings while taking a loss against the Twins on Sunday.
The 26-year-old took a loss in a quality start during his last outing, but there wasn't much quality in his appearance Sunday. Lopez tied a season high with eight hits allowed and didn't record a strikeout for the first time since throwing only one-third of an inning on July 29. He is 4-9 with a 6.35 ERA, 1.50 WHIP and 106 strikeouts in 117.2 innings this season. Lopez will end the season with another appearance against the Twins at home Sunday.
Lopez (4-8) was tagged with the loss against Oakland on Tuesday, pitching six innings and allowing two runs on four hits and one walk while striking out four.
Lopez cruised through six scoreless innings before surrendering a pair of runs in the seventh, leading to his eighth loss. Despite the disappointing outcome, the outing continued a streak of solid September starts in which Lopez has given up only four earned runs over 17.1 innings. The 26-year-old will try to get back into the win column when he heads to Minnesota on Sunday to make his next scheduled start.
Lopez (4-7) allowed three runs (two earned) on eight hits and two walks while striking out two across 5.1 innings to earn the win Thursday against the White Sox.
Lopez was in trouble throughout his start, allowing multiple baserunners in four of the six innings he pitched. However, he managed to work out of danger and has now allowed only two earned across his last two starts -- spanning 11.1 frames. Still, for the season he owns a 6.09 ERA and 1.48 WHIP across 109.1 innings. He's scheduled to take the ball next Tuesday at Oakland.
Lopez (3-7) threw six scoreless innings Friday against the Marlins to pick up the win, striking out five while allowing four hits.
It was a smooth outing for Lopez, as he only once allowed a Marlin to reach scoring position. The 26-year-old was able to lower his ERA to a still-poor 6.23, and the performance was likely strong enough to earn him another start, lining him up to face the White Sox on Thursday.
Lopez is listed as the Royals' probable pitcher for Friday's series opener in Miami.
With the Royals moving Eric Skoglund to relief last week, Lopez will stick around as the team's fifth starter and pick up a second turn through the rotation. Lopez draws a favorable matchup against a lowly Marlins squad in a pitcher-friendly venue in Miami, but that may not be enough to make him a comfortable streaming option. He failed to reach the fifth inning Saturday versus a similarly weak opponent in the Orioles, giving up four runs on four hits and two walks.
Lopez didn't factor into the decision in Saturday's 7-5 win over the Orioles, giving up four runs on four hits and two walks over 4.2 innings while striking out six.
The right-hander labored to record 14 outs, tossing only 46 of 82 pitches for strikes, and Lopez exited the game on the hook for his eighth loss of the year before Kansas City rallied in the late innings. Lopez is expected to take his 6.61 ERA and 95:38 K:BB through 98 innings back to the bullpen once Danny Duffy (hamstring) rejoins the rotation in September.
Lopez will start Saturday against the Orioles, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.
The Royals will need a spot starter with Brad Keller getting shut down for workload reasons and Danny Duffy (hamstring) not returning until Sunday. Lopez has a 7.07 ERA as a starter this season and a 5.79 mark as a reliever.
Lopez struck out two in a perfect 10th inning en route to securing a save Sunday in the Royals' 9-8 win over the Indians.
The right-hander's previous two appearances had come as a starter, but he shifted back to the bullpen with the Royals anticipating Danny Duffy's (hamstring) return from the 10-day injured list during the upcoming week. Lopez came through with a spotless showing in a high-leverage spot, but his usage in the save situation was likely a byproduct of the Royals exhausting their preferred late-inning options earlier in the contest. Lopez will likely work primarily in the middle innings or in mop-up scenarios moving forward.
Lopez (2-7) picked up the win Monday, allowing one run on two hits and two walks over five innings while striking out two in a 5-4 victory over the Orioles.
It's the right-hander's first win in over two months, although he spent most of that time working out of the bullpen. Lopez will take a 6.25 ERA and 84:36 K:BB through 90.2 innings into his next start Sunday in Cleveland.
Lopez is listed as the Royals' probable starter for Monday's game against the Orioles, Lynn Worthy of The Kansas City Star reports.
Lopez made his return to the big-league rotation last week but allowed five runs (four earned) over 1.1 innings. It's been a struggle in the majors for the 26-year-old as he has a 6.51 ERA, 1.55 WHIP and 82:34 K:BB over 85.2 innings, but it looks as though he'll receive another starting chance Monday in Baltimore.
Lopez lasted just 1.1 innings in a no-decision against the Tigers on Thursday, giving up five runs (four earned) on two hits, striking out two and walking three as the Royals lost 10-8.
Making his first start since May 25, Lopez turned in another rough outing, as he was blasted by the Tigers before getting chased from the contest after recording just four outs. It's been a forgettable season for the 26-year-old, as he now sports a 6.51 ERA and a 1.55 WHIP across 85.2 innings.
Lopez has been confirmed as the Royals' starting pitcher for Thursday's game against the Tigers.
With Danny Duffy (hamstring) recently moving to the 10-day injured list and the organization lacking in interesting replacement options in the upper levels of the minors, Kansas City will turn to Lopez to make his first start since May 25. The right-hander opened the season in the rotation but was banished to the bullpen after posting a 7.07 ERA and 1.61 WHIP in 49.2 innings across 10 starts.
Lopez is the leading candidate to make a spot start or two while Danny Duffy (hamstring) remains on the injured list, Joel Goldberg of Fox Sports Kansas City reports.
Duffy strained his hamstring while running Monday and is expected to miss one or two starts. Even with the starting opportunities, Lopez doesn't appear to be a particularly interesting fantasy option, as he's recorded a 6.19 ERA and 1.52 WHIP this season.
Lopez has made two appearances since joining the Kansas City bullpen May 29, giving up five runs on eight hits and two walks over seven innings while striking out nine.
Both of Lopez's outings have been of the multi-inning variety, an unsurprising development given that his pitch count was already built up from his time as a starter. Manager Ned Yost previously suggested that Lopez's move to relief would likely be a permanent move, and Glenn Sparkman's solid results in three starts since replacing Lopez in the rotation suggests that plan likely still remains in place. Fantasy managers in AL-only formats still holding Lopez can probably feel comfortable exploring other options at this point.
Manager Ned Yost said Lopez's move to the bullpen is likely long term, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports. "I think he can be really good there," the skipper said.
Lopez was demoted to the bullpen after struggling to a 6.79 ERA and 1.57 WHIP through his first 11 appearances (10 starts) this season. The right-hander did fan 49 batters in 51.2 innings, so there's a chance his stuff plays in shorter stints, though he'll need to fix his home run (2.1 HR/9) and walk (3.7 BB/9) issues before he's trusted with high-leverage work. The Royals have yet to name Lopez's replacement in the rotation, though Glenn Sparkman is likely the team's top candidate.
The Royals aren't listing Lopez as one of their starting pitchers for the four-game series with the Rangers that begins Thursday, Lynn Worthy of The Kansas City Star reports.
Kansas City has confirmed six of its seven probable starters for the week, with the lone vacancy coming Wednesday in Chicago against the White Sox. Unless they're comfortable deploying Lopez on three days' rest with a limited pitch count, the Royals look poised to make a change with their fifth starter. If Lopez is in fact demoted to the bullpen or to Triple-A Omaha, it wouldn't come as much of a surprise given that he's posted a 6.79 ERA and 1.57 WHIP across 51.2 frames this season. Long reliever Glenn Sparkman would likely represent the top candidate to replace Lopez in the rotation if a change is made.
Lopez (0-6) took the loss in Game 2 of Saturday's doubeheader against the Yankees by allowing five runs on six hits over one inning. He struck out one and walked one.
Lopez allowed a single in a scoreless first inning, but things unraveled quickly in the second frame when he faced six batters without recording an out, leading to his exit. The 26-year-old remains winless over 11 outings and has a 6.79 ERA, 1.57 WHIP and 49:21 K:BB across 51.2 innings. Lopez lines up to pitch during the four-game series with the Rangers next weekend.
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