McKenzie (1-4) was handed the loss Tuesday after allowing five runs on eight hits and a walk while striking out three over four innings against the Astros.
McKenzie was brilliant his last time out in a spot start against the Royals but couldn't replicate the same success against a much more dangerous Astros lineup. Altuve took him deep twice over the first three innings, and the eights hits he gave up were easily a season high. McKenzie did only walk one batter for a second straight game, a category he's struggled with for most of the season. The 23-year-old right-hander is having a rough sophomore season. He owns a 5.91 ERA, 1.46 WHIP and 71:41 K:BB over 53.1 innings. He tentatively lines up to face the Rays over the weekend, but he'll be difficult for fantasy managers to trust.
McKenzie allowed one hit and one walk while striking out nine over seven scoreless innings in a no-decision versus Kansas City on Friday.
This was McKenzie's longest start of the season at any level, but he was unlucky to not come away with a win after Emmanuel Clase couldn't protect a one-run lead in the eighth inning. Strong outings have been a rarity for McKenzie this year. The right-hander owns a 5.47 ERA, 1.40 WHIP and 68:40 K:BB across 49.1 innings at the major-league level. It's unclear if he'll remain in the rotation after the All-Star break -- that will likely depend on the readiness of Shane Bieber (shoulder) or Aaron Civale (finger) to return from the injured list.
McKenzie was officially recalled from Triple-A Columbus ahead of his start Friday against the Royals, Mandy Bell of MLB.com reports.
Cleveland announced Thursday that McKenzie would take the ball Friday, and now the club has made room for him on the 26-man roster by optioning Sam Hentges to Columbus. McKenzie made 11 appearances (10 starts) in the majors earlier this season, posting a shaky 6.38 ERA and 59:39 K:BB across 42.1 innings.
McKenzie will be recalled from Triple-A Columbus to start Friday's game against the Royals, Zack Meisel of The Athletic reports.
McKenzie was sent to the minors in mid-June, and he posted a 3.94 ERA, 1.63 WHIP and 19:10 K:BB in 16 innings across four Triple-A starts since the demotion. He last pitched Sunday, so he should be on normal rest when he returns to the major-league club Friday. The right-hander made 11 appearances (10 starts) for Cleveland earlier in the year and recorded a 6.38 ERA and 59:39 K:BB in 42.1 innings.
McKenzie was optioned to Triple-A Columbus prior to Sunday's game against the Mariners, Mandy Bell of MLB.com reports.
McKenzie struggled in his latest start Saturday, walking four while allowing a run without being able to get through the first inning. He'll return to Columbus for the time being, and improving his command will likely be his top priority going forward. Infielder Ernie Clement was recalled in a corresponding roster move.
McKenzie didn't factor into the decision Saturday against the Mariners and tossed just two-thirds of an inning, allowing one run and walking four. He didn't record a strikeout.
McKenzie was promoted to the big club following a strong start with Triple-A Columbus on June 6, but he entered this game with a 7.56 ERA, 1.44 WHIP and 36:21 K:BB in 25 innings over six previous starts with Cleveland last month. His struggles at the highest level continued and his command was all over the place. It remains to be seen whether he'll have another shot in the rotation any time soon.
McKenzie was called up from Triple-A Columbus ahead of his start Saturday against the Mariners, Mandy Bell of MLB.com reports.
He tossed 5.1 scoreless innings with four strikeouts and two walks in a June 6 start for Triple-A Columbus. However, McKenzie had a 7.56 ERA, 1.44 WHIP and 36:21 K:BB in 25 innings over six May starts with the big club. Cleveland has struggled to get production from the fourth and fifth starter spots this season, so McKenzie would probably have to really struggle in this favorable matchup to get sent back down.
McKenzie will start Saturday's game against the Mariners, Mandy Bell of MLB.com reports.
He tossed 5.1 scoreless innings with four strikeouts and two walks in a June 6 start for Triple-A Columbus. However, McKenzie had a 7.56 ERA, 1.44 WHIP and 36:21 K:BB in 25 innings over six May starts with the big club. If he can hold his own, he could stick around in the rotation.
McKenzie may be recalled to start for Cleveland on Saturday against the Mariners, Zack Meisel of The Athletic reports.
Manager Terry Francona suggested as much Tuesday, and it makes sense that McKenzie, despite his struggles in 2021, will start Saturday over Cal Quantrill. Quantrill did nothing Sunday against the Orioles to earn another start, allowing seven runs (five earned) in 1.1 innings. Having yielded at least five runs in three of his last four big-league starts, McKenzie hasn't fared much better than Quantrill, but he's likely to get yet another opportunity Saturday against a Mariners lineup that shelled him for two homers and five runs May 15.
Cleveland optioned McKenzie to Triple-A Columbus on Tuesday.
For the second time in less than a week, McKenzie was optioned to the minors immediately after making a start. In his latest outing in Game 1 of Monday's doubleheader with the White Sox, McKenzie struck out a season-high 10 batters, but he was still tagged for five runs on four hits and two walks over 5.1 innings in a no-decision. Unless Cleveland places a player on the injured list in a corresponding move, McKenzie won't be eligible to rejoin the big club until the latter half of next week. After a rainout Wednesday, Cleveland has off days June 3, June 7 and June 10, so the club may choose to get by with a four-man rotation sans McKenzie until June 15.
McKenzie allowed five runs on four hits and two walks over 5.1 innings in a loss during Game 1 of Monday's doubleheader against the White Sox. He struck out 10 and did not factor in the decision.
McKenzie was cursed by an ugly second inning where he allowed four runs on three hits and two walks. However, he set a new franchise record with eight consecutive strikeouts and he punched out nine of the last 11 batters he faced. The 23-year-old righty has allowed at least five runs in three of his last four starts, raising his season ERA to 6.26. If Cleveland elects to give McKenzie another turn in the rotation, he could face the Orioles on the road this weekend.
Cleveland recalled McKenzie from Triple-A Columbus to start Game 1 of Monday's doubleheader with the White Sox.
Though he was sent back to Columbus after tossing five shutout innings against the Tigers on May 26, McKenzie was never expected to remain in the minors for long with Cleveland still in need of a fifth starter with Zach Plesac (thumb) on the injured list. Assuming he's able to avoid a disastrous showing Monday that would result in another demotion, McKenzie should line up for a two-start week. His second turn will likely come Sunday in Baltimore.
McKenzie was optioned to Triple-A Columbus on Thursday.
McKenzie returned to the major-league mound as the starter in Wednesday's game and allowed one hit and three walks while striking out five in five scoreless innings. Although he pitched effectively in the no-decision, he'll return to the minors after outfielder Bradley Zimmer was recalled in a corresponding move. However, McKenzie could return to the big-league club when his next turn in the rotation comes up Monday. Cleveland has a doubleheader against the White Sox that day, and McKenzie would be eligible to return earlier than normal if he's designated as the club's 27th man for the twin bill.
McKenzie didn't factor into the decision in Wednesday's 1-0 loss to the Tigers, giving up only one hit over five scoreless innings. He struck out five while walking three.
The 23-year-old's brief demotion seemed to light a fire under McKenzie and he returned to deliver his best start of the season, although facing the Detroit offense didn't hurt either. He still only tossed 44 of 73 pitches for strikes, and he's issued at least three free passes in seven straight outings, so the issues that originally cost him his rotation spot haven't gone away. With Zach Plesac (thumb) potentially out of action for a month or more, however, Cleveland has few other options. McKenzie will carry a 5.94 ERA, 1.57 WHIP and 49:33 K:BB through 36.1 innings into his next start, expected to come in a twin bill against the White Sox on Monday.
Cleveland recalled McKenzie from Triple-A Columbus ahead of his scheduled start Wednesday against the Tigers.
McKenzie will reclaim a spot in the rotation after Zach Plesac (thumb) was placed on the 10-day injured list Tuesday. Cleveland plans to demote McKenzie after Wednesday's outing, but he would be eligible to return on four days' rest Monday. Cleveland will have a doubleheader against the White Sox that day, so McKenzie could be designated as the team's 27th man for the twin bill while starting one of the two contests. Over his previous eight outings (seven starts) in the big leagues this season, McKenzie posted a 6.89 ERA and 1.69 WHIP while striking out 44 over 31.1 innings.
Cleveland plans to recall McKenzie from Triple-A Columbus to start Wednesday's game against the Tigers, Mandy Bell of MLB.com reports.
McKenzie was optioned to Columbus last weekend after he was lit up for 11 earned runs in 7.2 innings across his last two outings. Cleveland ideally would have wanted McKenzie to find some success at Triple-A before bringing him back, but the 23-year-old will be summoned to the majors sooner than anticipated after Zach Plesac (thumb) was placed on the 10-day injured list Tuesday. According to Bell, McKenzie will be optioned to Triple-A following Wednesday's start, but he could still return to Cleveland early next week. The Indians have a doubleheader against the White Sox on Monday, and McKenzie could be designated as the 27th man for the twin bill if the team wants him to start one of the two contests.
Cleveland optioned McKenzie to Triple-A Columbus on Saturday.
Friday's short, six-run outing marked the fifth time in eight starts McKenzie yielded at least three earned runs. Further, the righty's control issues (30 walks in 31.1 innings) gave little choice to a Cleveland team that, with its subpar lineup, requires solid starting pitching to remain competitive on a nightly basis. McKenzie will almost certainly return to the big-league club at some point this season, but for now he'll have some time in Triple-A to work on his command.
McKenzie (1-3) was tagged with the loss Friday against the Twins after giving up six runs on two hits and five walks while fanning four across 3.1 innings.
McKenzie had massive issues finding the plate, allowing a season-high five walks while also throwing just 37 of his 72 pitches for strikes. The control woes are nothing new for the right-hander, as he has issued four or more walks in all but two starts this season while posting a 44:30 K:BB across 31.1 innings in 2021. His next start is scheduled for next week on the road against the Tigers.
McKenzie (1-2) allowed five runs on five hits and three walks with six strikeouts in 4.1 innings, taking the loss Saturday versus Seattle.
The right-hander allowed a solo home run to Mitch Haniger in the first inning and a three-run blast to Dylan Moore in the fourth. McKenzie hadn't pitched since May 6, as Cleveland's schedule allowed the team to skip him once through the rotation. He sports a 5.79 ERA with a 1.64 WHIP, 40:25 K:BB and seven homers allowed in 28 innings. His velocity is down to 91.3 mph from 92.8 mph last year, and that combined with a 19.7 percent walk rate and batters posting a 53.2 percent hard-hit rate against him has led to significant struggles in 2021.
McKenzie (1-1) pitched five scoreless innings on two hits and four walks while striking out five, earning the win over the Royals on Thursday.
McKenzie turned the tide Thursday, earning his first win of the season while holding the opposition off the scoresheet for the first time. However, the 23-year-old still walked four batters for the fourth start in a row. He'll carry a 4.94 ERA and 1.61 WHIP in 23.2 innings into Wednesday's start against the Cubs.
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