Leclerc worked around two hits and two walks to toss 1.2 scoreless innings in Tuesday's 10-3 loss to the Mariners. He struck out two batters in the relief appearance.
While LeClerc was able to deliver his second straight scoreless appearance, he wasn't particularly sharp in long relief, as he also threw a wild pitch in addition to the two walks. With a horrendous 16:23 K:BB in 17.2 innings since the All-Star break, Leclerc has squandered most of the goodwill from his strong first half and looks like he'll be used primarily in low-leverage situations the rest of the season.
Leclerc failed to record an out and was charged with the loss in Saturday's 7-4 loss to the Angels in 10 innings. He walked all three batters he faced and was charged with three earned runs.
A promising first half allowed Leclerc to emerge as one of the top closers in waiting after Matt Bush was pulled from the role in late June, but the rookie's implosion since the All-Star break has dimmed any chance he has of displacing Alex Claudio as the team's ninth-inning man. Over 18 appearances in the second half, Leclerc has submitted a 5.87 ERA and 13:21 K:BB in 15.1 innings.
Leclerc recorded two outs and picked up a hold in Monday's 5-3 win over the Angels. He walked three batters during the 29-pitch appearance.
Called upon to protect a 5-2 lead in the eighth inning, Leclerc was able to retire two of the first three batters, but was pulled from the contest after loading the bases. Though closer Alex Claudio was able to put out the fire and spare Leclerc of any damage to his ERA, it was another unsettling outing from the rookie right-hander, who has shown a lack of control in recent weeks. Dating back to the beginning of July, Leclerc has posted a 15:16 K:BB over 14.2 innings, which could eventually prompt manager Jeff Banister to explore other options for setup duties.
Leclerc walked one batter during a scoreless ninth inning in Sunday's 2-1 loss to the Astros.
Since picking up a save July 23 and fueling speculation that he could be a regular part of the Rangers' unsettled closing situation, Leclerc has been used exclusively in non-save situations. Aside from a bumpy outing Friday in which he allowed three runs over two thirds of an inning, Leclerc has been generally solid since the All-Star break, likely keeping him in line as the top setup man to Alex Claudio. However, with Claudio performing even better than Leclerc over that time, it doesn't look as though manager Jeff Banister will consider a closing change any time soon.
Leclerc retired the side in the ninth inning on 19 pitches in Wednesday's 5-1 win over the Mariners, collecting a strikeout and inducing a flyout and a popout.
While his appearance came in a non-save situation, Leclerc's deployment in the ninth inning of a fairly close game perhaps indicates that he's still in the mix for closing duties. However, with Alex Claudio collecting three saves to Leclerc's one since Matt Bush was removed from the closer's role in late June, Leclerc is probably Option 1B at the back end of the bullpen.
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