Plutko pitched a scoreless ninth inning, allowing one hit and striking out one, two earn the win over the Pirates on Friday.
Plutko entered the ninth inning in a relatively low-pressure scenario as the Indians were already down 3-1 and just wanted to keep the game close. The right-hander did just that as he got through the inning with ease while only allowing a single to Jared Oliva. Plutko has some appearances as a starter this season but has recently seen his opportunities come from the bullpen. The 28-year-old has a 4.88 ERA across 27.2 innings and could be used in long relief during the postseason if needed.
Plutko pitched four scoreless innings, allowing two hits and three walks while striking out two to pick up the save in Friday's 14-2 win over the Cardinals.
It was a rare save in baseball, as Plutko pitched the necessary three or more innings to be eligible, while Cam Hill's one scoreless inning earned him the win. Plutko isn't in the mix to take Brad Hand's closer job anytime soon. The 28-year-old Plutko has a 5.57 ERA, 1.38 WHIP and 11 strikeouts in 21 innings across six appearances (four starts), but he's likely to be used for long-relief situations like he was on Friday.
Indians president of baseball operations Chris Antonetti said Plutko is "penciled in" for Wednesday's start against the Twins, but a decision has yet to be finalized, Mandy Bell of MLB.com reports.
Plutko joined the Cleveland rotation earlier this month, shortly after both Zach Plesac and Mike Clevinger were placed on the restricted list and later optioned to the Indians' alternate training site for violating COVID-19-related safety protocols. The right-hander hasn't impressed in any of his first three turns through the rotation, working no more than four innings in any start while posting a 9.90 ERA and 1.86 WHIP. Prospect Triston McKenzie appears to have already leapfrogged him on the depth chart after a dominant MLB debut over the weekend, so Plutko would likely be headed back to the bullpen if the Indians decide to add one or both of Clevinger or Plesac back to the 28-man roster this week.
Plutko (1-2) allowed seven runs on five hits (two home runs) and two walks while striking out just one batter across 3.1 innings as he took the loss Friday versus the Tigers.
Plutko was able to record the first 10 outs of the game without much trouble and then proceeded to give up seven runs in the fourth without managing to get another batter out. Friday's start figures to be Plutko's last one for a while as the Indians could recall Zach Plesac and Mike Clevinger from the team's alternate training site soon.
Plutko is slated to start Friday's series opener versus the Tigers, Mandy Bell of MLB.com reports.
The Indians aren't yet planning to bring back Opening Day rotation members Mike Clevinger and Zach Plesac from the alternate training site, so Plutko and prospect Triston McKenzie will both be making starts this weekend. Plutko has already made two turns through the rotation as Cleveland's No. 4 starter, working 6.2 innings between the outings and giving up four runs on 10 hits and a walk.
Plutko allowed three runs on six hits, striking out one across 2.2 innings in Sunday's 8-5 win over Detroit. He did not factor in the decision.
Plutko took Mike Clevinger's (not injury related) spot in the starting rotation again Sunday. He was able to get through the first two innings unscathed but quickly ran into trouble in the third. Five hits, including three doubles, led to three runs for the Tigers and ultimately bounced the right-hander from the game with two outs in third. Depending on whether or not Clevinger and Zach Plesac (not injury related) are re-activated for the next turn around the rotation, Plutko could draw another start against Detroit on Thursday.
Plutko (1-1) allowed one earned run on four hits and a walk while striking out two across four innings to take the loss Tuesday against the Cubs.
Plutko made a spot start in the place of Mike Clevinger (not injury related) and threw four effective innings. He allowed his only run in the second frame, when he surrendered two singles and a walk to three consecutive batters. The Indians haven't determined when Clevinger and Zach Plesac (not injury related) will be cleared to rejoin the team, so Plutko likely lines up for his second start of the week Sunday in Detroit.
Plutko will start Tuesday against the Cubs in place of Mike Clevinger (not injury related), Nick Camino of WKYC Channel 3 Cleveland reports.
Clevinger has been told to quarantine after violating team protocols during Cleveland's recent road trip to Chicago. Plutko earned the win in his first start of the season back on July 28, completing six innings against the White Sox on just 86 pitches. It's uncertain whether he will be available for a similar pitch count Tuesday.
Plutko (1-0) allowed two earned runs on five hits and no walks while striking out four across six innings to earn the win in the second game of Tuesday's doubleheader against the White Sox.
Plutko was needed as a spot starter for Cleveland and delivered an impressive outing, throwing 86 pitches. The two earned runs were the result of solo home runs by James McCann and Jose Abreu, but Plutko did not allow any other extra-base hits. Assuming no other scheduling quirks pop up, Plutko is likely to serve as a bulk-inning reliever out of the bullpen moving forward.
Plutko will start the nightcap of Tuesday's doubleheader against the White Sox, Zack Meisel of The Athletic reports.
Plutko was set to open the season in the bullpen, but he'll already be needed for a spot start in just the fifth game of the season. With a 5.08 ERA and a 17.5 percent strikeout rate over 189.2 career big-league innings, he is not a particularly appealing fantasy option Tuesday.
Plutko will start the season in the bullpen, Ryan Lewis of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
There was talk in the spring of Plutko taking on a long-relief role for Cleveland since he's out of minor-league options, and manager Terry Francona confirmed the move Tuesday. With all five starters healthy for Cleveland, the right-hander will indeed head to the bullpen, though he will also be one of the top options to fill in as a spot starter if needed. Plutko recorded a 4.86 ERA and 78:26 K:BB over 109.1 innings across 21 appearances (20 starts) in the majors last year.
Plutko may open the year in a long-relief role, Mandy Bell of MLB.com reports.
He is out of minor-league options, and while it seemed he could open the year in the rotation before shifting to the bullpen, Mike Clevinger (knee) and Carlos Carrasco (elbow) project to be healthy when the season gets underway. If the Indians are really intent on giving Plutko a shot as a starter, that would likely mean Zach Plesac, who had a great spring, opens the year in the rotation at Triple-A. Plutko had a 3.86 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and 4:3 K:BB in seven innings this spring.
Plutko is the leading candidate to serve as the Indians' fifth starter to begin the season in the event one of Mike Clevinger (knee) or Carlos Carrasco (elbow) aren't ready to pitch in games, Mandy Bell of MLB.com reports.
Heading into Thursday, both Clevinger and Carrasco appeared likely to begin the season on the injured list, but it's conceivable that neither player misses a start after Major League Baseball announced that Opening Day would be pushed back at least two weeks from the original March 26 date. If Clevinger, Carrasco, Shane Bieber, Aaron Civale and Zach Plesac open the season as the Tribe's five starters, Plutko could still have a spot on the 26-man roster waiting for him as a swingman. Plutko's poor peripherals make him little more than an AL-only or deeper mixed league option if injuries open up a clear path to regular starts at some point.
Plutko allowed eight runs on seven hits with two walks and three strikeouts across 1.1 innings while taking a loss against the Nationals on Saturday.
The second inning was Plutko's worst of the season, as he gave up eight baserunners and only recorded one out. He left with the bases loaded, and all three runners eventually scored on a grand slam. Obviously, this really elevated his season ERA, which is a real shame because he had been pitching well coming into Saturday. Prior to this appearance, Plutko had a 2.86 ERA in his previous four starts. He ends the season 7-5 with a 4.86 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and 78 strikeouts in 109.1 innings.
Plutko did not factor in the decision against Philadelphia on Sunday, tossing 4.1 innings and giving up one run on four hits and two walks while striking out three.
Plutko exited Sunday's contest after needing 78 pitches to make it through 4.1 innings as he constantly fell behind hitters, issuing first-pitch strikes to only six of the 19 batters he faced. Nonetheless, the 27-year-old has now allowed only seven runs over his last four starts, though he has only one victory to show for it. Plutko has enjoyed mild success as Cleveland's fifth starter this season, posting a 7-4 record, 4.25 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 75:24 K:BB over 108 innings. He'll wrap up his regular season on the road against Washington on Saturday.
Plutko (7-4) allowed two earned runs on four hits and a walk while striking out six across six innings to earn the win Tuesday against the Tigers.
The only major damage against Plutko came in the fifth inning when he surrendered a leadoff home run to Dawel Lugo. He was otherwise effective, generating 13 of his 18 outs via either groundball or strikeout. Plutko has now allowed two or fewer earned runs in five of his last six starts, though he's worked fewer than five innings on two of those occasions. For the season, he now owns a 4.34 ERA and 1.22 WHIP. He's currently set to draw his next start Sunday against Philadelphia.
Plutko is listed as the Indians' scheduled starter for Tuesday's game against the Tigers.
Plutko was initially lined up to pitch Wednesday, but he'll instead get the ball for the series opener due to Zach Plesac being pushed back in the schedule following the rookie's 114-pitch shutout Sept. 10. The change will result in Plutko lining up for two starts this week, with his second turn coming Sunday versus Philadelphia.
Plutko didn't factor into the decision in Wednesday's 4-3 win over the Angels, allowing two runs on six hits and two walks over 4.1 innings while striking out three.
The right-hander got staked to a 4-0 lead heading into the bottom of the second inning, but Plutko needed 76 pitches (49 strikes) to record only 13 outs and got chased from the game in the fifth by a Shohei Ohtani solo shot. He'll take a 4.42 ERA and 66:21 K:BB through 97.2 innings into his next outing Sept. 18, at home against the Tigers.
Plutko allowed two runs on seven hits and a walk while striking out five over six innings in a no-decision versus the Twins on Friday.
Plutko was able to keep the ball in the yard for the third time in his last four starts -- only a double from C.J. Cron and a Jorge Polanco single scored runs against the right-hander. The 27-year-old owns a 4.44 ERA and 1.21 WHIP with 63 strikeouts in 93.1 innings this year. He'll next face the Angels on Wednesday.
Plutko (6-4) allowed four runs on six hits and four walks with two strikeouts over 4.1 innings as he took the loss at the hands of the Rays on Sunday.
Plutko had been in a nice groove lately, having let in three earned runs or less in six of his previous seven starts. He gave up the lead in the first on an RBI single by Joey Wendle, but the Indians tied it up in the second, only for Plutko to blow it for good in the fourth and the fifth innings, where he gave up two more runs on a home run and another on an RBI double. Plutko will now take a 4.53 ERA and a 58:18 K:BB ratio through 87.1 innings into his next start Friday in a crucial road matchup against the Twins.
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