Luzardo struggled in 4.1 innings of work Wednesday, allowing four earned runs. He gave up five hits and walked two while striking out two in a victory over the Astros in Game 3 of the ALDS.
Luzardo battled through 4.1 innings as he threw 44 of his 73 pitches for strikes. The 23-year-old rookie has struggled in both of his postseason starts, allowing a combined seven runs in 7.2 innings of work. The left-hander had a 4.12 ERA and 1.27 WHIP during the regular season and his next chance at taking the mound will be if the Athletics can advance to the ALCS.
Luzardo took the loss to the White Sox on Tuesday in Game 1 of the AL Wild Card Series, allowing three runs on six hits over 3.1 innings. He struck out five and did not issue a walk.
The lefty has a bright future ahead of him, but Tuesday was not his day. Adam Engel, who managed just three homers during the regular season, took Luzardo deep before MVP candidate Jose Abreu followed up with a two-run shot in the third inning. Luzardo could get a chance to redeem himself if the A's are able to rally in this short, best-of-three series.
Luzardo tossed three innings in relief during Thursday's loss to the Dodgers, allowing three runs on three hits and three walks. He did not record a strikeout.
Rather than making one more start this weekend against the Mariners, the A's opted to use Luzardo in relief Thursday. Manager Bob Melvin said after the game that the decision to use him out of the bullpen was made in order to keep the southpaw as an option for the first round of the playoffs, according to John Hickey of SI.com. Luzardo would now line up to pitch Game 1 of the Wild Card Series on Tuesday on four days' rest, though fellow lefty Sean Manaea may be the more likely option to open Oakland's playoff slate.
Luzardo (3-2) earned the win Saturday against the Giants after striking out seven and allowing five hits and zero walks over six scoreless innings.
The young southpaw scattered five singles as he generated 15 swinging strikes on 90 pitches. Luzardo has a 3.86 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 59:14 K:BB through 56 innings and lines up for his final start of the regular season next weekend versus the Mariners.
Luzardo didn't factor into the decision during a 6-5 loss to the Mariners in the first game of Monday's doubleheader, giving up four runs on seven hits -- including three home runs -- over 4.2 innings. He struck out seven without walking a batter.
The young southpaw blanked Seattle for three innings, but a Luis Torrens solo shot in the fourth set the stage for a rally in the fifth that chased Luzardo from the game. He's now served up five homers in his last two starts, inflating his ERA to 4.32, but his 52:14 K:BB through 50 innings on the year remains strong. Luzardo will look to rebound in his next outing Sunday, at home against the Giants.
Luzardo allowed two runs on four hits and a walk while striking out seven in seven innings Wednesday versus the Astros. He did not factor in the decision.
Luzardo gave up solo shots to George Springer in the first inning and Yuli Gurriel in the sixth to account for the scoring against him. Wednesday was the third time in Luzardo's last four starts that he's posted a quality start. The 22-year-old southpaw has a 3.97 ERA, 1.26 WHIP and 45:14 K:BB across 45.1 innings this season. Luzardo is expected to face the Mariners on Monday in one game of their doubleheader.
Luzardo (2-2) was tagged with the loss Friday against the Padres. He allowed four runs on six hits while fanning four across 4.2 innings.
Luzardo started this game on 10 days' rest, and the Peru native didn't have a good performance. He's now allowed three or more earned runs in three of his last four starts. Luzardo will try to turn things around in his next start, scheduled for Sept. 9 at home against the Astros.
Manager Bob Melvin named Luzardo as the starter for Friday's series opener versus the Padres, Shayna Rubin of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
Luzardo was on track to make a start last weekend against the Astros, but a positive COVID-19 test within the organization scratched those plans. With the Athletics cancelling their series with the Mariners to begin the current week out of an abundance of precaution, Luzardo will finally return to action Friday on 10 days' rest. Over his seven appearances (five starts) this season, Luzardo has posted a 3.74 ERA, 1.37 WHIP and 34:13 K:BB over 33.2 innings.
Luzardo now won't start until Friday at the earliest, as the final game of the Athletics' three-game series against the Mariners was postponed Tuesday.
Luzardo had been the A's next scheduled starter when their season was put on pause Sunday due to a positive COVID-19 test within the organization. The team will wind up sitting for at least five days while conducting testing and contact tracing. It's not yet clear whether or not they'll take the field Friday against the Padres, nor is it clear if it'll be Luzardo on the mound when they eventually return.
Luzardo won't make his next start until Thursday at the earliest, as the Athletics' next two games were postponed due to a COVID-19 case within the Oakland organization.
Luzardo had originally been scheduled to start Sunday against Houston, but that game became the first in a series of cancellations as the league tries to get a handle on how widespread the team's COVID-19 outbreak is. It remains to be seen how many more games will be scrapped, and it's not clear whether or not Luzardo will make the team's first start once Oakland is cleared to resume play.
Luzardo won't make his scheduled start in Houston after Sunday's game was postponed due to a positive COVID-19 test within the Oakland organization.
Out of an abundance of caution, the Athletics players and staff will self-isolate in Houston before Major League Baseball determines the organization's next step. The Athletics are currently scheduled to play their next game Tuesday in Seattle.
Luzardo (2-1) took the loss Monday against the Rangers, allowing three runs on seven hits and two walks across 6.2 innings pitched. He struck out seven.
Luzardo got off to a rocky start Monday, allowing three hits and two runs in the first inning. He gave up a solo homer to Isiah Kiner-Falefa an inning later, but bounced back to get through the next 4.2 innings unscathed. The rookie ultimately took the first loss of his young career. Nonetheless, after allowing just three runs over his last 13 innings pirched, the southpaw should feel good about himself heading into his Sunday start in Houston.
Luzardo (2-0) earned the win Wednesday against the Diamondbacks after tossing 6.1 scoreless innings. He allowed four hits and two walks while fanning seven.
Luzardo has allowed two or fewer runs in three of his four starts this season and also posted a new season-high mark for strikeouts, while reaching the six-inning plateau for the first time. It was an encouraging outing for the hard-throwing lefty, who will try to build upon this performance in his next scheduled start, set for Aug. 24 at Texas.
Luzardo didn't factor into the decision in Friday's contest between the Giants and the Athletics. He gave up six runs on nine hits -- including two home runs -- and two walks while fanning three across 3.1 innings.
Luzardo's start was pushed up to Friday and, even though the young lefty was in full rest, the decision could've impacted his performance, as he delivered his worst outing of the campaign by a wide margin. Luzardo's spot in the rotation shouldn't be at risk, however, and his next scheduled start is slated for next week at home against the Diamondbacks.
Luzardo will start Friday against the Giants after Frankie Montas was scratched with a tight upper back.
Luzardo had been expected to start Saturday's game, though he'll be on full rest Friday, as his previous start came on Sunday. He's looked quite good through 17.1 innings this season, posting a 2.60 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP.
Luzardo (1-0) allowed two runs on five hits and two walks while striking out five over 5.2 innings in a win over the Astros on Sunday.
The lefty said his slider "felt weird out of [his] hand" early on, per Martin Gallegos of MLB.com, but he eventually found his feel for the pitch and used it to put away several hitters en route to his first major-league win. This was Luzardo's second career start after he broke in as a reliever down the stretch last year and again this season after a delayed arrival to summer camp. Now healthy and built up (89 pitches Sunday), Luzardo seems ready to fulfill his promise as one of the game's top pitching prospects. He gets the Giants in San Francisco next weekend.
Luzardo pitched five scoreless innings versus the Rangers on Tuesday, allowing two hits and two walks while striking out five in a no-decision.
Luzardo showed good command in this game -- his first MLB start -- tossing 48 of his 76 pitches for strikes. Unfortunately, the Athletics' offense didn't do enough to earn him a win. The 22-year-old owns a 2.31 ERA and 1.11 WHIP with a 12:5 K:BB through 11.2 innings this season. His next turn in the rotation is expected to come Sunday versus the Astros.
Luzardo will start Tuesday's game against the Rangers, Martin Gallegos of MLB.com reports.
Luzardo began the season as a long reliever as he built up his strength, but he'll join the rotation to make his first major-league start Tuesday. As a result, Frankie Montas' start will be pushed up to Monday on normal rest. Luzardo made two relief appearances to begin the season, posting a 1.35 ERA and 1.20 WHIP over 6.2 innings.
Luzardo, who allowed three runs (one earned) on four hits and two walks while recording five strikeouts over 3.2 innings in a loss to the Rockies on Wednesday, will rejoin the starting rotation for his next trip to the mound, Martin Gallegos of MLB.com reports. "I think my arm is ready, especially after this outing," Luzardo said. "I think I'm ready in terms of strength and how I feel."
The left-hander worked up to 67 pitches in his long-relief appearance Wednesday, and manager Bob Melvin confirmed the heavy workload was by design. With Luzardo having corroborated his ability to essentially handle a starter's pitch count and notching swinging strikeouts on all five of his whiffs, manager Bob Melvin determined he's seen everything he needs to convince him the emerging southpaw is ready after his delayed arrival in summer camp. "You see a lot of bad swings off him," Melvin said. "The velocity and breaking ball is there. Throwing 2-2 changeups to lefties -- all his stuff looks great, and to have it in this fashion after missing significant time in summer camp is impressive." Given his level of usage Wednesday, Luzardo would likely line up for his first start either Sunday or Monday against the Mariners.
Luzardo could start one of Oakland's three games this weekend in Seattle but could also make one more relief appearance, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Luzardo was expected to start for the Athletics this season before a positive COVID-19 test delayed his preseason buildup and forced him to the bullpen to start the year. He threw three scoreless innings out of the pen in his season debut Saturday and will evidently be in the rotation before long. However, whether or not he'll start over the weekend won't become clear until after Wednesday's game against the Rockies, as he could be needed in relief during the contest.
|Last 7 Games|
|10/07||@ HOU||W 9-7||0||0||0||4.1||5||4||2||2|
|09/29||vs CHW||L 1-4||0||1||0||3.1||6||3||0||5|
|09/24||@ LAD||L 1-5||0||0||0||3.0||3||3||3||0|
|09/19||vs SF||W 6-0||1||0||0||6.0||5||0||0||7|
|09/14||@ SEA||W 9-0||0||0||0||4.2||7||4||0||7|
|09/09||vs HOU||W 3-2||0||0||0||7.0||4||2||1||7|
|09/04||vs SD||L 0-7||0||1||0||4.2||6||4||0||4|
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|Minor League Pitching Stats|
|2017||ASX-Vermont Lake Monster||18.0||5||5||0||1||0||0||20||4||12||2.00||0.889|
|2019||ROK-AZL Athletics Green||2.0||1||1||0||0||0||0||5||0||1||0.00||0.500|
|2019||AAA-Las Vegas Aviators||31.0||7||7||0||1||1||0||34||8||29||3.19||1.194|