Gomber allowed a run on one hit and two walks and struck out three over four innings in a no-decision versus the Brewers on Sunday.
Gomber turned in another solid start, although he needed 75 pitches (47 strikes) to get through his four innings. The southpaw's performance helped the Cardinals earn a postseason berth. Gomber ends the regular season with a 1.86 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 27 strikeouts over 29 innings across 14 appearances (four starts). If he makes the playoff roster, he'll most likely work as a reliever capable of handling multi-inning assignments.
Gomber will start Sunday's regular-season finale against the Brewers, the Associated Press reports.
The left-hander came through impressively in his spot start Tuesday against the Royals, firing six scoreless innings while helping the Cardinals secure a key win. Gomber will thus be entrusted with what could be a critical final game of the season, one St. Louis may need to win in order to secure a postseason berth. The 26-year-old will head into that outing with an impressive 1.80 ERA and 24 strikeouts across 25 innings over 13 appearances (three starts).
Gomber (1-1) allowed just four hits over six shutout innings and struck out three in a win over the Royals on Tuesday.
It was an unexpectedly long outing for Gomber, who hadn't pitched more than three innings in his previous 12 appearances this season. He threw 52 of his 76 pitches for strikes. The southpaw now has a 1.80 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 24 strikeouts in 25 innings this season. Gomber lines up to start Sunday versus the Brewers in the final game of the regular season.
Gomber will start Tuesday's game against the Royals, Jeff Jones of the Belleville News-Democrat reports.
Gomber will start on normal rest with Dakota Hudson (elbow) still unavailable in the rotation. The southpaw will be making his third start of the season, but he's been unable to last longer than three innings in any of his 12 appearances in 2020. He's coming off his worst outing of the season as he gave up four runs in Thursday's start against the Pirates.
Gomber is a candidate to start Tuesday against the Royals, Anne Rogers of MLB.com reports.
The Cardinals are still sorting out how they'll replace Dakota Hudson (elbow) in the rotation, and they currently have an open spot for Tuesday's contest, the middle game of a three-game series in Kansas City. Gomber has logged two starts among his 12 appearances this season, but the southpaw has yet to pitch more than three innings in any outing. Therefore, it's possible he's piggybacked by at least a pair of his fellow bullpen mates if he does get the assignment.
Gomber (0-1) was charged with the loss against Pittsburgh on Thursday, pitching 1.2 innings and allowing four runs on four hits and two walks while striking out two.
Gomber was called upon when starter Dakota Hudson was forced to exit with elbow soreness after two innings. The unexpected early entry may have contributed to Gomber's first rough outing of the campaign; prior to yielding four runs Thursday, he had allowed only one earned run over 17.1 innings in 2020. It bears mentioning, however, that the southpaw has been flirting with danger all season, entering the game with a less-impressive 3.07 FIP due largely to a 15.1 percent walk rate. Indeed, the Pirates cashed in a pair of walks Thursday when Gregory Polanco torched Gomber for a three-run homer in the fourth inning. There has been some thought that Gomber could pick up a spot start down the stretch due to the Cardinals' remaining doubleheaders.
Gomber didn't factor into the decision in the second game of Thursday's doubleheader against the Tigers, allowing five hits and a walk over three scoreless innings. He struck out six.
The southpaw continues his impressive campaign, tossing 44 of 63 pitches for strikes in his longest appearance of the year. Gomber has only been scored upon once in 10 outings, leading to a 0.53 ERA and 19:10 K:BB through 17 innings, and with the Cards' schedule holding three more doubleheaders over the next eight days, another spot start is likely headed his way.
Gomber will start one of the games in Thursday's doubleheader against the Tigers, Jeff Jones of the Belleville News-Democrat reports.
The 26-year-old started during the doubleheader over the weekend and will receive another opportunity Thursday. Gomber covered 2.2 scoreless innings with 55 pitches during that outing, and he figures to have a similar workload versus Detroit.
Gomber threw 2.2 scoreless innings against the Cubs in Game 2 of Saturday's doubleheader, allowing one hit and three walks while striking out five.
Gomber did not go deep enough to qualify for the win, but he pitched well in his first start of the campaign and set St. Louis up for a 5-1 victory. The southpaw struggled with his command, throwing only 30 of 55 pitches for strikes and issuing three walks, but he escaped damage on the scoreboard by registering a strikeout for five of his eight outs. It remains to be seen how Gomber will be deployed moving forward -- the Cardinals will play five doubleheaders over the next two weeks -- but he figures to get steady work given his 0.64 ERA and 1.00 WHIP through 14 innings this season.
Gomber (illness), who was activated from the COVID-19 injured list earlier in the day, fired 1.1 scoreless innings during a win over the Cubs in the first game of a doubleheader Wednesday. He allowed no hits and two walks, hit a batter and recorded a strikeout.
Gomber's prior designation had not been due to a positive COVID-19 test on his part, so the left-hander wasn't facing any particular health challenges in his return. Gomber's control was a bit spotty after last having pitched July 28, but he was able to navigate his issues Wednesday to extend his season-opening scoreless innings streak to 4.2 frames (three appearances).
Gomber was activated from the COVID-19 injured list Wednesday.
Gomber never tested positive for the virus but was placed on the injured list nonetheless due to contact tracing identifying him as being at risk. He'll likely be available out of the bullpen in both halves of Wednesday's doubleheader against the Cubs, as Johan Oviedo is expected to start the nightcap.
Gomber (illness) is on track to "be activated soon, with an eye toward Wednesday's doubleheader" according to manager Mike Shildt, the Associated Press reports.
There was talk of a potential activation for Gomber prior to Monday's doubleheader. However, it now seems the left-hander is on track to come off the COVID-19 injured list in time to handle a start in Wednesday's twin bill, with Jeff Jones of the Belleville News Democrat reporting Gomber arrived in Chicago on Monday and was doing some workouts with elastic bands at Wrigley Field. Gomber has reportedly not registered a positive COVID-19 test -- his placement on the list is apparently due to exposure to someone with the coronavirus -- so there shouldn't be any residual physical issues that could affect his performance. Gomber has fired 3.1 scoreless innings across two appearances thus far in 2020, both in relief, but he logged 11 starts at the major-league level for the Cardinals back in 2018 before spending the entirety of 2019 in the minors.
Gomber (illness) could start the second game of Monday's doubleheader against the Cubs, Jeff Jones of the Belleville News-Democrat reports.
If he does not start Monday, he would likely start the second game of Wednesday's doubleheader. Gomber did not register a positive COVID-19 test but was at risk after having contacted someone else with the virus, so he was placed on the injured list earlier in the week. However, he is now apparently in the clear and figures to make a spot start next week against the Cubs. With a slew of doubleheaders on tap for the Cardinals this season, Gomber could make several more spot starts if he can keep his head above water.
Gomber was placed on the COVID-19 injured list after contract tracing identified him as being at risk for possibly having the virus, Jeff Jones of the Belleville News-Democrat reports.
Gomber has not registered a positive test but the Cardinals will play it safe and keep the pitcher away from the team as they hope to resume their season against the White Sox on Saturday. With St. Louis working through a COVID-19 outbreak, Gomber joins a crowded group of Cardinals that are on the injured list.
Gomber threw four scoreless innings and recorded four strikeouts during an intrasquad game Tuesday, Anne Rogers of MLB.com reports.
The left-hander is shaping up as a key bullpen component after missing all of 2019 with shoulder and biceps injuries, and Tuesday's performance certainly supported the notion he could make an impact as a middle reliever, among other roles. Gomber threw 55 pitches overall Tuesday, retiring the first 11 batters he faced and ringing up first-pitch strikes on 10 of the 14 teammates to come to the plate against him. Gomber worked on developing a slider during the offseason with help from teammate Jack Flaherty, rounding out an already strong repertoire. "I just felt like that was the one thing that I could do better," Gomber said. "The one glare. I've always had a good true curveball, and I just felt like adding a slider or something would just benefit me because I just didn't have anything that did what that pitch did and didn't have any way to give that look."
Gomber, who posted an impressive 2.25 ERA over eight spring frames, worked the equivalent of three innings while facing hitters during the Cardinals' first summer camp workout Friday, Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Gomber's ability to fill a variety of roles for manager Mike Shildt seemingly gives the 26-year-old southpaw a solid chance of making the expanded 30-man Opening Day roster. Gomber earned the boss's praise for his work Friday, giving the young hurler a solid start to the ramp-up period for the regular season.
Gomber would be a surefire candidate to benefit from a roster expansion up to 30 players, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch opines.
Goold's assessment comes as part of a response to a reader question about which players would be the best candidates to fill out the extra four spots were they to be made available. Gomber was already pushing for a bullpen job were rosters to have remained at 26 after posting a 2.25 ERA across eight Grapefruit League innings before spring training was suspended, and he also has the ability to make spot starts whenever necessary. Therefore, the projection about his job security seems reasonable at this juncture.
Gomber, who generated a 2.25 ERA across eight innings in Grapefruit League play before spring training was suspended, remains firmly in the mix for a roster spot, Anne Rogers of MLB.com reports.
Gomber made three appearances in exhibition play, starting two of those games and also posting an 8:2 K:BB and impressive 0.88 WHIP. The towering southpaw serves as a versatile relief option for manager Mike Shildt, one that's also capable of making spot starts as he did on 11 occasions over 29 appearances during his rookie 2018 campaign. Rogers notes that at one point this spring, Gomber was in contention for what once was two vacant rotation spots; however, Miles Mikolas (forearm) is slated to now be healthy enough by the time the regular season begins to fill one of those vacancies, leaving Gomber to likely operate out of the bullpen if he does garner an Opening Day roster spot. The fact the likes of Junior Fernandez and Genesis Cabrera were recently optioned to Triple-A Memphis certainly seems to help Gomber's chances of making the cut.
Gomber started a Graprefruit League loss to the Nationals on Tuesday and allowed an earned run on three hits, a walk and a wild pitch across two innings. He struck out one.
The young southpaw worked up to 40 pitches, 30 of which found the strike zone, over his pair of frames. Anne Rogers of MLB.com confirms the 26-year-old is considered a candidate for one of two vacancies in the starting rotation to open the season, but he could also open the campaign as one of the top arms for Triple-A Memphis. Despite some location issues being responsible for Gomber's elevated pitch count, he came away satisfied with his first taste of game action of the spring. "I threw too many strikes in the second inning -- need the breaking ball underneath. Just little stuff like that that as camp goes on, it's going to get ironed out," Gomber said. "For me, it was just let's get back out there. Let's feel good. And just compete again. Man, it's been a long time. I feel like I've had this outing run through my head for like the last eight months because I've just been waiting on it, so to be able to go out there, finish my innings, feel good after, it's good enough for me."
Gomber, who dealt with shoulder and biceps injuries throughout most of last season, is healthy and working on a starter's schedule this spring, Anne Rogers of MLB.com reports.
The 26-year-old southpaw made 11 starts in his only big-league stint back in 2018, and he's logged 102 overall during a minor-league career that dates back to 2014. Therefore, he's eventually expected to hold down a rotation spot at the big-league level, although he presumably has some rust to work off against major-league bats after not facing any last season. Gomber could be a candidate for the rotation spot created by Miles Mikolas' flexor tendon injury, which is expected to keep the veteran right-hander out a month; however, it's more likely Gomber opens the season in a bullpen role or as a starter with Triple-A Memphis.
|Last 7 Games|
|10/01||@ SD||L 9-11||0||0||0||1.1||2||0||1||2|
|09/27||vs MIL||W 5-2||0||0||0||4.0||1||1||2||3|
|09/22||@ KC||W 5-0||1||0||0||6.0||4||0||0||3|
|09/17||@ PIT||L 1-5||0||1||0||1.2||4||4||2||2|
|09/14||@ MIL||L 1-2||0||0||0||0.1||0||0||1||0|
|09/10||vs DET||L 3-6||0||0||0||3.0||5||0||1||6|
|09/05||vs CHC||W 5-1||0||0||0||2.2||1||0||3||5|
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|Minor League Pitching Stats|
|2014||ASX-State College Spikes||47.0||11||11||0||2||2||0||36||18||55||2.30||1.553|
|2016||AFA-Palm Beach Cardinals||107.2||17||17||1||6||8||0||101||24||91||2.94||1.073|
|2019||AFA-Palm Beach Cardinals||0.1||1||1||0||0||1||0||0||2||2||270.00||40.000|