The Rays will add Fleming to their 28-man roster for their ALCS matchup with the Astros that begins Sunday, Juan Toribio of MLB.com
Manager Kevin Cash previously hinted that he wanted to carry 14 pitchers on the Rays' ALCS roster, so Fleming's addition doesn't come as much of a surprise. The rookie southpaw will likely work in low-leverage situations or long relief throughout the series.
Fleming (5-0) tossed six scoreless innings to pick up the win Sunday against the Phillies, allowing four hits and one walk while striking out six.
It marked the longest outing of the season for the southpaw, who has served as both a starter and long reliever this season. His six punch outs marked a season high. Fleming finishes the regular season with a perfect 5-0 record to go along with a strong 2.78 ERA. It's unclear when Fleming may pitch next, but he should figure into Tampa Bay's postseason plans in some form.
Fleming (4-0) was credited with the win in a victory over the Mets on Monday, allowing an earned run on three hits and a walk over three innings while recording two strikeouts. He also hit a batter.
The southpaw functioned as the bulk reliever Monday, following opener Pete Fairbanks and Ryan Thompson, who covered the first 2.2 innings between them. Fleming threw 22 of 32 pitches for strikes, and although he allowed the Mets' only run of the night in the form of a Jeff McNeil infield single, he was credited with the win when a trio of his bullpen mates subsequently kept New York off the scoreboard. Fleming had a rough start to September, allowing seven earned runs on 13 hits and two walks across 9.1 innings to the Marlins and Red Sox, but he's bounced back to yield just Monday's run over the 6.2 frames encompassing his last two trips to the mound.
Fleming is slated to serve as the Rays' bulk reliever behind opener Pete Fairbanks in Monday's game against the Mets.
After Fleming gave up four home runs between his previous two starts earlier this month, the Rays opted to have him work behind an opener in his most recent outing Sept. 16 against the Nationals. The experiment paid off, as Fleming tossed 3.2 scoreless frames while allowing only two hitters to reach base. Rays manager Kevin Cash will unsurprisingly choose to deploy Fleming as a primary pitcher once again, an arrangement that will likely lower the lefty's innings count but perhaps increase his chances of factoring into any decision.
Fleming gave up one hit and one walk over 3.2 scoreless innings during Wednesday's extra-inning loss to the Nationals. He had two strikeouts and didn't factor in the decision.
The 24-year-old was set to follow opener Pete Fairbanks, but he ended up entering as the third pitcher of the day. Still, it was a strong rebound outing for Fleming, who had given up seven runs in his previous two outings. The southpaw has a 3.47 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, 18:5 K:BB through 23.1 innings and next lines up to start Monday, though it remains to be seen if he'll follow an opener again.
Fleming is expected to follow opener Pete Fairbanks in Wednesday's game against the Nationals, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.
Fleming surrendered seven runs, including four homers, in his past two outings, so manager Kevin Cash will mix things up and utilize him behind an opener. The left-hander had a 1.74 ERA, 0.87 WHIP and 9:2 K:BB over his first two starts and will try to regain that form Wednesday.
Fleming allowed three earned runs on six hits and two walks while striking out five across 4.1 innings Thursday against the Red Sox. He did not factor into the decision.
Fleming allowed a pair of home runs that sunk his performance and accounted for all three of his earned runs. Though he has yet to take a loss, Fleming has allowed seven earned runs and 13 hits across his last 9.1 frames spanning two starts. He'll look to get back on track in his next outing, currently projected to come Wednesday against Washington.
Fleming (3-0) allowed four runs on seven hits over five innings in a win over the Marlins on Friday. He struck out two and did not issue a walk.
This was not Fleming's best performance -- he gave up a pair of homers -- but his offense and bullpen picked him up and carried the lefty to his third win. A fifth-round pick in 2017, Fleming only throws around 90 mph with his fastball and never cracked even 7.0 K/9 at any stop in the minors. All that contact leaves the door open for some blowups, but Fleming is enjoying a lot of success through three big-league starts, has good control and the team context is a big plus in his favor. Up next is a home start against the Red Sox.
Fleming (2-0) allowed three hits and no walks while striking out six across 5.1 scoreless innings to earn the win Saturday against the Marlins.
Fleming held the Marlins silent at the plate, allowing only two singles and a double while not surrendering multiple batters to reach base in any inning. As a result, he was able to work efficiently, needing only 74 pitches to retire 16 batters. Through two major-league starts, Fleming has allowed two earned runs with nine strikeouts and two walks across 10.1 innings. He's in line to draw his next start in a rematch against the Marlins on Friday.
Manager Kevin Cash said that Fleming will remain in the rotation this week, Eduardo A. Encina of the Tampa Bay Times reports. He lines up to start Friday's series opener in Miami.
The Rays recently lost Yonny Chirinos (elbow) for the season and aren't likely to get Charlie Morton (shoulder) back from the 10-day injured list until at least next week, so Fleming will get at least one more start after holding his own during his MLB debut over the weekend. The southpaw was credited with the win in Sunday's 5-4 victory over the Blue Jays after holding Toronto to two runs on four hits and two walks while striking out three over five innings.
Fleming (1-0) picked up the win in Sunday's 5-4 win over the Blue Jays, allowing two runs on four hits and two walks across five innings. He struck out three.
After being promoted to the 28-man roster earlier Sunday, Fleming put together a solid outing in his MLB debut. The southpaw allowed a solo homer to Teoscar Hernandez in the second and an RBI single to Travis Shaw in the fourth. He worked around a double in the fifth and his day ended with the Rays trailing 2-0. Fortunately for the lefty, Tampa Bay plated three runs in the bottom of the fifth to leave him in line to pick up his first career win. With Charlie Morton (shoulder) expected to be activated from the injured list in the coming days, Fleming is a candidate to be sent back to the alternate training site, although he certainly showed he is capable of pitching in the big leagues Sunday.
The Rays selected Fleming's contract from their alternate site ahead of his scheduled start Sunday against the Blue Jays, Steve Carney of Sports Radio 620 WDAE reports.
Tampa Bay cleared a spot for Fleming on the 40-man roster and 28-man active roster by designating reliever Sean Gilmartin for assignment. The 24-year-old Fleming will be making his MLB debut Sunday and could be facing a limited pitch count, so he may not make for the most appealing target in DFS contests. His season-long fantasy upside may also be limited, as Fleming is a candidate to return to the alternate site after the start with Charlie Morton (shoulder) seemingly on track to come off the 10-day injured list next week to reclaim a spot in the Tampa Bay rotation.
Fleming will be called up from the Rays' alternate training site to start Sunday's game against Toronto, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
The outing will be Fleming's major-league debut. It's not clear that he'll have the chance to stick in the rotation long-term even if he pitches well, however, as Charlie Morton appears to be working his way back from a shoulder issue. The 24-year-old lefty threw 148.2 innings in the two highest levels of the minors last season, posting a 3.57 ERA and a 4.4 percent walk rate but striking out just 17.7 percent of opposing batters.
Fleming is expected to be named to the Rays' 60-man roster pool Sunday, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.
Fleming spent most of 2019 at Double-A Montgomery and had a 3.31 ERA and 1.15 WHIP to earn a promotion to Triple-A Durham in August. Fleming could make his major-league debut in 2020, but his presence in the roster pool is most likely for developmental purposes.
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