Fleming didn't factor into the decision Friday against Cleveland after allowing three runs on six hits and two walks while fanning one across four innings.
Fleming has not completed five innings in any of his last four starts and hasn't tossed a quality start since May 1, so it seems he simply can't be trusted to pitch deep into games. The southpaw has also allowed at least three runs in three of his last five outings while posting an 11:7 K:BB in that span.
Fleming (7-5) took the loss against Atlanta on Saturday, allowing seven earned runs on eight hits and a walk over 4.1 innings. He also struck out two and hit a batter.
The young left-hander had his worst outing as a big-leaguer yet, allowing a pair of home runs in same-handed confrontations with Joc Pederson and Freddie Freeman to account for part of the damage. Atlanta bats were able to square up consistently against Fleming, considering Kevan Smith, opposing starter Max Fried, Ozzie Albies and Guillermo Heredia all laced doubles off him as well. Fleming will look to regroup and bounce back in his next turn, which will likely come Thursday or Friday versus Cleveland.
Fleming (7-4) earned the win in Game 2 of Wednesday's doubleheader versus Cleveland. He allowed just one walk and struck out two over 2.2 scoreless innings.
Fleming was excellent in his return from a short stay on the injured list with a calf injury. The southpaw and four other Tampa Bay pitches combined to limit Cleveland to just two walks in the seven-inning contest. Fleming lowered his ERA to 3.26 with a 1.03 WHIP and 42:17 K:BB through 69 innings this year. The 25-year-old has started six of his 14 appearances, but his role going forward has not yet been determined, although he's pitched well enough to maintain a spot in the rotation.
Fleming (calf) was reinstated from the 10-day injured list ahead of the second game of Wednesday's doubleheader against Cleveland, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Although Collin McHugh will serve as the opener in Wednesday's nightcap, Fleming will likely serve as the primary pitcher after he spent just over the minimum amount of time on the injured list with a right calf strain. The lefty has made 13 appearances (six starts) for the Rays this year, and he's posted a 3.39 ERA and 1.06 WHIP in 66.1 innings. Left-hander Ryan Sherriff was sent down in a corresponding move.
Fleming's recovery from a right calf strain has gone well, and manager Kevin Cash expects him to be activated off the injured list and available Tuesday against Cleveland, the Associated Press reports.
The left-hander will end up spending just the minimum 10 days on the IL if Cash's prognosis proves accurate. Michael Wacha is currently listed as the Rays' probable starter for Tuesday's game, but it's possible Cash eventually confirms the veteran and Fleming will operate in tandem for that game.
Fleming was placed on the 10-day injured list with a right calf strain Saturday, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports.
Fleming served as the primary pitcher in Friday's game against the Angels, and he allowed an unearned run on two hits and a walk while striking out two in 3.2 innings. However, he apparently sustained a calf injury during the no-decision and will miss at least 10 days as a result. However, the southpaw is hopeful that he won't be forced to miss much time, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Louis Head was recalled from Triple-A Durham in a corresponding move.
Fleming will serve as the Rays' bulk reliever behind opener Andrew Kittredge on Friday against the Angles, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Fleming served as a traditional starter in his last outing and surrendered five earned runs across 6.1 innings against the Mariners. He'll look to bounce back in Friday's outing and should be aided by Kittredge working in front of him. Fleming's last time working as a bulk reliever came on June 13, when he fired four scoreless innings against the Orioles.
Fleming pitched 6.1 innings against Seattle on Saturday, allowing five runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out five. He did not factor in the decision.
The left-hander looked to be in for a short outing after a second-inning grand slam by J.P. Crawford gave Seattle a 5-2 lead, but Fleming toughed out 6.1 innings and 110 pitches and ended up with a no-decision. He gave up five runs for the second time in his past three outings, though he had a four-inning, no-hit, no-run appearance between the two appearances. Fleming's lack of strikeouts -- he has fanned only 38 batters over 62.2 frames -- limits his fantasy appeal, but his 3.59 ERA and 1.07 WHIP are useful ratios. He has worked almost equally as a starter and bulk reliever this season, so it's unclear how he'll be deployed in his next outing.
Fleming (6-4) allowed only one walk and struck out three over four scoreless innings to earn the win Sunday over Baltimore.
Michael Wacha opened the game, allowing a run in two innings before Fleming took over on the mound. That arrangement worked out well, as Tampa Bay took over the lead on Fleming's watch, and he was able to pick up his sixth win of the season. The southpaw has a 3.20 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and 33:13 K:BB across 56.1 innings this season. He's started five of his 11 appearances, and he's tentatively scheduled to make his next outing in Seattle during next weekend's series. It's unclear if he'll work as a traditional starter or behind an opener.
Fleming is slated to serve as the Rays' bulk reliever behind opening pitcher Michael Wacha in Sunday's game against the Orioles, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
While filling a traditional starting role his last time out June 4 in Texas, Fleming gave up a season-high five runs and 10 hits while working seven innings in the loss, snapping a four-game winning streak in the process. The Rays are hopeful that by pitching behind Wacha, Fleming will be able to churn out better results, even though he'll likely be in store for fewer innings. Fleming still projects to work longer than any Rays pitcher Sunday, making him the most likely candidate to factor into any decision.
Fleming (5-4) took the loss Friday, coughing up five runs on 10 hits over seven innings as the Rays were downed 5-4 by the Rangers. He struck out two without walking a batter.
The lefty wasn't hit particularly hard, as only two of the 10 hits went for extra bases, including a Joey Gallo solo shot in the fifth inning, but Fleming still came out on the wrong end of the decision in his longest outing of the year. He'll take a 3.44 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and 30:12 K:BB through 52.1 innings into his next appearance.
Fleming will start Friday's game in Texas, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
He worked behind an opener en route to the win in his last appearance, and he has secured the win in four of his last five appearances, although he only started one of those five games. Fleming has pitched exceptionally well this season (2.98 ERA, 1.04 WHIP) and the Rangers are a pretty nice matchup on paper, but he is slightly less likely to qualify for the win working as a true starter.
Fleming (5-3) earned the win in relief Sunday against the Phillies after allowing two runs on four hits while fanning five across 4.2 innings.
Fleming has started in five of his nine appearances this season but looked impressive here, as he was called upon duty in the first inning and earned his fifth win of the campaign. He owns a 2.98 ERA across 45.1 innings in 2021.
Fleming is scheduled to serve as the Rays' bulk reliever Sunday against the Phillies when he enters the contest behind opener Collin McHugh, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Tampa Bay will presumably turn McHugh loose for 2-to-3 innings before giving way to Fleming, who is following an opener for his second turn through the rotation in a a row. Fleming has fared better as a traditional starter than a bulk reliever through four outings apiece in each role; he's posted a 1.69 ERA in 21.1 innings as a starter compared to a 4.19 ERA in 19.1 innings as a primary pitcher out of the bullpen.
Fleming (4-3) earned the win Sunday against the Blue Jays after tossing six innings in relief as a tandem with Michael Wacha, giving up four runs on eight hits and a walk while fanning two.
Fleming gave up season-worst figures in runs, hits and home runs allowed, but he still got the win after the Blue Jays' bullpen melted in the ninth. The left-hander will try to leave this outing behind him as soon as possible, though it remains to be seen whether he'll stick in the rotation or if he will continue as a long-relief alternative. He owns an excellent 2.88 ERA this season.
Fleming is scheduled to work as a bulk reliever behind Michael Wacha (hamstring) in Sunday's game against the Blue Jays, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Though the Rays will be activating one of their Opening Day rotation members in Wacha from the injured list, the right-hander apparently isn't built up to handle a traditional starting role coming off a three-week absence. As such, Fleming is expected to cover the majority of the innings Sunday in what marks his first appearance in a week. Fleming turned in his best outing of the season last weekend against the Mets, striking out five and allowing just one baserunner over five scoreless frames en route to capturing his third win of the season.
Fleming (3-3) earned the win Sunday against the Mets after tossing five scoreless innings, giving up one hit and fanning five.
Fleming has moved in and out of the rotation, but he delivered one of his best outings of the season thus far. He's now given up one or fewer runs in five of his seven appearances in 2021 and has improved his ERA to an excellent 2.34 mark.
Fleming will start Sunday's game against the Mets, Steve Carney of Sports Radio 620 WDAE reports.
This will mark the fourth start of 2021 for Fleming, who has also made three relief appearances and has posted a 2.73 ERA in 29.2 total innings pitched. Fleming could match up nicely against the Mets' lefty-heavy lineup.
Fleming will work as the primary pitcher behind opener Luis Patino against the Yankees on Tuesday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
The 24-year-old will work as a bulk pitcher for a second straight outing after giving up three runs over five innings while picking up the win Thursday. Overall Fleming has a 2.81 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 15:10 K:BB over 25.2 innings this season.
Fleming (2-3) was credited with his second victory in a win over the Angels on Thursday, allowing three earned runs on six hits and a walk. He struck out three.
Fleming got his 15 outs on a relatively efficient 67 pitches, with his one big mistake coming in the form of a Shohei Ohtani two-run home run that he allowed in his first inning on the hill. The versatile southpaw has yet to allow more than three earned runs in any one outing, and Thursday's performance leaves his ERA and WHIP at a solid 2.81 and 1.13, respectively.
|Last 7 Games|
|07/23||@ CLE||W 10-5||4.0||6||3||2||1|
|07/17||@ ATL||L 0-9||1||4.1||8||7||1||1|
|07/07||vs CLE||W 4-0||1||2.2||0||0||1||2|
|06/25||vs LAA||W 4-3||3.2||2||0||1||2|
|06/19||@ SEA||L 5-6||6.1||7||5||2||5|
|06/13||vs BAL||W 7-1||1||4.0||0||0||1||3|
|06/04||@ TEX||L 4-5||1||7.0||10||5||0||2|
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|Minor League Pitching Stats|
|2018||AFA-Charlotte Stone Crab||50.1||9||7||1||3||3||0||38||9||51||4.13||1.198|
|2018||AFX-Bowling Green Hot Ro||60.0||10||10||0||6||1||0||42||10||41||1.20||0.850|