Pannone didn't factor into the decision in Friday's 7-6 win over the Rays, coughing up five runs on seven hits and three walks over 5.1 innings while striking out three.
The rookie was on the hook for his second loss since being summoned to the big leagues before a three-run rally in the seventh inning by the Jays turned the game around. Pannone will finish the regular season with a 4.19 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 29:15 K:BB in 43 innings for Toronto, and he'll head into next spring firmly in the mix for a rotation spot.
Pannone (4-1) earned the win Saturday against the Rays, pitching 6.2 innings while allowing two runs on six hits (including two home runs) and three walks. He struck out five.
The southpaw has won each of his last three outings, all quality starts. Pannone's 3.58 ERA hides a generally uninteresting profile for most fantasy players: He's struck out only 6.2 batters per nine innings and doesn't boast much velocity (88.4 mph average before Saturday's outing). He'll have a rematch with the Rays on Friday.
Pannone (3-1) allowed two runs on four hits and two walks while striking out six over seven innings Sunday against New York, picking up the win.
Pannone got off to a shaky start after giving up two runs in the first inning, but he managed to bounce back and finish his day with six straight scoreless frames. The 24-year-old has appeared in just 10 games this season for the Blue Jays (four starts) and owns a 3.77 ERA and 1.06 WHIP with 21 punchouts through 31 innings. His next start would be slated for Friday against Tampa Bay if he remains in the starting rotation.
Pannone will start Sunday's game against the Indians.
After making his last two appearances out of the bullpen, Pannone will rejoin Toronto's six-man rotation after Marcus Stroman (finger) unavailable and at risk of missing the rest of the season. Pannone dazzled in his first big-league start Aug. 22 against the Orioles with seven scoreless frames of one-hit ball, but he was hit hard by the same Baltimore squad in his subsequent outing, yielding seven runs on nine hits and a walk over 3.1 innings. He thus makes for a rather untrustworthy fantasy option as he takes on a Cleveland offense that ranks sixth in the majors with a 104 wRC+ this season.
Pannone will likely take the mound Sunday versus Cleveland, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca reports.
Manager John Gibbons said that Pannone is expected to rejoin the Blue Jays' rotation as the team returns to a six-man staff following the re-aggravation of Marcus Stroman's blister issue, which could wind up sidelining him for the remainder of the 2018 season. His absence will benefit Pannone, who has made two starts in August against the Orioles with two very different outcomes. After allowing just one hit across seven innings in his first major-league start, he followed that up by failing to get out of the fourth inning during his second contest, allowing seven earned runs on nine hits without recording a strikeout. Expect Gibbons to confirm Pannone's placement in the rotation later on this week.
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