Mengden (3-4) allowed two runs (one earned) on eight hits over six innings Tuesday against the Red Sox. He struck out three and was credited with the win.
Mengden entered the month of May with a 4.68 ERA to his name but has been able to cut that figure down to a respectable 3.75 mark after holding the potent Astros' and Red Sox' lineups to a combined three earned runs over 12.2 total innings in his last two starts. Despite his recent run suppression, Mengden is averaging just four strikeouts per start which severely limits any potential fantasy upside. He's scheduled to take on the Blue Jays on Sunday.
Mengden (2-4) took the loss Wednesday, allowing two runs on six hits while striking out four over 6.2 innings against the Astros.
Mengden was cruising along through 6.2 innings, but he then yielded back-to-back home runs to the final two hitters he faced and didn't get the necessary run support to bail him out of the loss. The 25-year-old has quietly put together a solid run of late, as he's allowed two or fewer runs with either zero or one walk in four of his last five starts. While the strikeout numbers aren't overwhelming, he still sports an impressive 33:5 K:BB on the year. He'll look to get back in the win column Tuesday against the Red Sox.
Mengden struck out five and gave up just one earned run on three hits and one walk over five innings in a no-decision against Baltimore on Friday.
After the Astros got to him for four earned runs in 2.1 innings in his last start, Mengden bounced back with a solid outing and he's now limited his opponents to one earned run in three of his last four trips to the mound. His ERA sits at 4.30 thanks to a couple of rough starts, but he does have a solid 1.19 WHIP and a 29:5 K:BB. He has a tough matchup against the same Houston lineup that roughed him up in his previous start in his next outing Wednesday.
Mengden (2-3) allowed five runs (four earned) on six hits while walking one and striking out one across 2.1 innings to take the loss Saturday against the Astros.
Mengden labored through this outing, facing 15 batters and needing 57 pitches to complete just 2.1 innings. He allowed the first three batters of the game to reach base, and although a big blow never came, the Astros strung together hits and productive outs to derail Mengden's outing. Given his lack of swing-and-miss stuff -- he got only two swinging strikes Saturday and has a 9.1 percent career swinging strike rate -- he will be susceptible to outings like these against good lineups.
Mengden allowed one earned run on six hits while walking none and striking out five across 6.1 innings Sunday against the Red Sox. He did not factor into the decision.
Mengden pitched well enough to earn the win, but didn't get enough run support. He showed strong control of the strike zone -- 72 of his 102 pitches were strikes -- and limited the Red Sox to just two extra-base hits. Through five starts this season, Mengden has yet to walk more than one batter in an outing and has just a .89 BB/9 as a result. Strikeouts are lacking in his profile, but he has pitched deep into his past two starts and has proven capable of providing solid ratio stats.
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