Smeltzer (2-2) allowed three earned runs on 10 hits and no walks while striking out four across five innings to earn the win Thursday against the Tigers.
Smeltzer began the game with two scoreless frames but was touched up for three earned runs combined between the third and fourth innings. He also worked out of a jam in the fifth frame, stranding runners at first and second base, which allowed him to earn his second of the season. This was just a spot start for Smeltzer, who will end his rookie season with a 3.86 ERA and 1.27 WHIP across 49 big-league innings.
Smeltzer is starting Thursday's game against the Tigers, Phil Miller of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
The Twins have an open spot in the rotation, and Smeltzer will get the final start of the season in that spot. He only logged one inning in his last appearance, but had been throwing multiple innings in every recent appearance before that. A starter by trade, Smeltzer may be allowed to go deep enough into this game to get the win if he is efficient with his pitches. It's worth noting that the Twins are resting most of their top hitters after clinching the division Wednesday.
Smeltzer is slated to work out of the bullpen for this weekend's series versus Kansas City with the Twins listing Randy Dobnak, Jose Berrios and Martin Perez as their probable starters Friday through Sunday,
Smeltzer and fellow rookies Dobnak and Lewis Thorpe made three consecutive starts last weekend in Cleveland, but only Dobnak looks like he'll stick around in the rotation as a replacement for the suspended Michael Pineda. The Twins enter Friday's game four games ahead of the Indians for the division lead and don't have a realistic chance to surpass either the Astros or the Yankees for the top two spots in the American League, which could prompt manager Rocco Baldelli to build in some rest for his starters during the final week of the regular season. If that's the case, Smeltzer would be one of the prime candidates to step in for a spot start.
Smeltzer took a no-decision Saturday in the first game of a doubleheader against Cleveland, giving the Twins three shutout innings with just one hit and one walk allowed. He struck out one.
The rookie southpaw made his first major-league start since Aug. 9, and kept the Indians off the board for three innings and 49 pitches. He now sports a 3.77 ERA and 33:11 K:BB through 43 innings with the Twins, and is tentatively scheduled to pitch after an opener against the Royals at home Thursday.
Smeltzer will start Game 1 of Saturday's doubleheader against the Indians.
He gave up two earned runs on five hits and one walk while striking out five in four innings against Cleveland on Sept. 8. Smeltzer could have success in this start, but it's far from a lock that the he will go deep enough to qualify for the win. He has logged six-plus innings in three of his eight MLB appearances while failing to log five innings in four of the eight.
The Twins recalled Smeltzer from Triple-A Rochester on Sunday.
Smeltzer has bounced between the big-league team and Triple-A all season, with his last appearance for the Twins coming on Aug. 15. He's worked both out of the rotation and the bullpen, racking up a 4.00 ERA and 1.19 WHIP with 27 strikeouts across 36 innings of work. He's likely to serve as a reliever capable of working multiple innings but could factor into the rotation with Kyle Gibson (ulcerative colitis) landing on the injured list Sunday.
Smeltzer picked up his first career save after surrendering three runs on seven hits and a walk while striking out two over four innings Thursday against Texas. He was optioned to Triple-A Rochester after the game, Do-Hyoung Park of MLB.com reports.
Smeltzer emerged with the save in this one, though it wasn't pretty. He yielded two runs in the sixth inning and one in the ninth on the way to a 13-6 win. With Smeltzer headed for Triple-A, the Twins will announce a corresponding move prior to Friday's matchup.
Smeltzer won't draw the start for Thursday's game against the Rangers, with the Twins instead planning to activate Michael Pineda (triceps) from the 10-day injured list to take the hill in the series opener.
Smeltzer was brilliant in his first start in place of Pineda on Aug. 4 -- he tossed six scoreless frames in a win over Kansas City -- but was much less sharp in his second turn, giving up six runs on seven hits and three walks in 4.1 innings in an Aug. 9 loss to Cleveland. With Pineda getting the green light to return after completing a throwing session earlier this week without incident, Smeltzer makes for the most logical choice to surrender his rotation spot. According to Darren Wolfson of 5 Eyewitness News Saint Paul, the Twins plan to demote Randy Dobnak to Triple-A Rochester in a corresponding move for Pineda, so Smeltzer looks poised to stick around with the big club as a long arm out of the bullpen for the time being.
Smeltzer (1-2) took the loss Friday in a 6-2 loss to Cleveland, coughing up six runs on seven hits and three walks over 4.1 innings while striking out four.
The rookie southpaw took a 1-0 lead into the fifth inning before falling apart, and the end result was perhaps Smeltzer's worst big-league start to date. He now sports a 3.66 ERA and 25:8 K:BB through 32 innings with the Twins, and his status in the rotation will depend on how quickly Michael Pineda recovers from his triceps injury.
Smeltzer is listed as the Twins' probable starter for Friday's game against the Indians.
With Michael Pineda (triceps) still on the mend, Smeltzer will earn a second turn through the Minnesota rotation after dazzling last weekend against Kansas City, working six scoreless two-hit frames to capture his first big-league win. In five total outings (three starts) with Minnesota this season, Smeltzer has limited the opposition to seven runs in 27.2 innings while posting an 0.90 WHIP. A .208 BABIP and so-so 20.4 K% don't offer much optimism that Smeltzer will continue to prevent runs at his current clip, however.
Smeltzer (1-1) gave up no runs on two hits and one walk while striking out four through six innings to take the win over the Royals on Sunday.
Smeltzer was incredible in his first MLB win. He has only allowed one run in his last 12.1 innings and has likely earned more opportunities at the big-league level. The left-hander has a 2.28 ERA with a 21:5 K:BB through 27.2 innings this season. Smeltzer will make his next start Friday against the Indians at Progressive Field.
Smeltzer was recalled from Triple-A Rochester and will start Sunday's game against the Royals, Betsy Helfand of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Smeltzer was expected to get called up when the injured Michael Pineda's (triceps) next turn in the rotation came up Tuesday versus the Braves, but the Twins elected to expedite the rookie's promotion to provide Jake Odorizzi and Jose Berrios with an additional day of rest between starts. Over his prior four outings (two starts) with Minnesota this season, Smeltzer posted a 2.91 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and 17:4 K:BB across 21.2 innings. He could be in store for multiple turns through the rotation with Pineda potentially on track to miss more than the minimum 10 days.
Smeltzer was optioned to Triple-A Rochester following Wednesday's 10-7 loss to the Yankees, Brandon Warne of ZoneCoverage.com reports.
Smeltzer was recalled earlier Wednesday and delivered five innings of one-run ball in long relief of Jake Odorizzi, providing a much-needed break for the Twins' bullpen. Unfortunately for Smeltzer, that means he head back to Rochester in favor of a fresh arm. The 23-year-old has a 2.91 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and 17:4 K:BB through 21.2 innings this season.
Smeltzer was recalled from Triple-A Rochester on Wednesday and will work out of the bullpen.
Blake Parker and Kohl Stewart were dispatched to the minors, so the Twins needed some fresh bullpen arms, particularly after Tuesday's classic extra-innings game against the Yankees. Smeltzer has had a lot of success as a starter in the minors this year, and he could be particularly nasty out of the bullpen due to his deceptive delivery from the left side. Smeltzer could potentially handle multi-inning situations.
Smeltzer was optioned to Triple-A Rochester following Sunday's game against the Rangers, Do-Hyoung Park of MLB.com reports.
Smeltzer turned in a decent relief appearance in Sunday's loss to Texas, surrendering just one run over 4.1 innings, but he'll head back to the minors. The Twins will announce a corresponding move before the second half of the season begins.
Smeltzer yielded one run on five hits and a walk over 4.1 innings Sunday, striking out four in the loss to Texas.
Smeltzer came into a scoreless contest in the second inning after Kyle Gibson acted as the opener. The rookie left-hander has been solid overall in limited MLB action this season, recording a 3.24 ERA and 13:4 K:BB over 16.2 innings. Smeltzer will likely head back to Triple-A Rochester over the All-Star break.
The Twins recalled Smeltzer from Triple-A Rochester ahead of Sunday's game against the Rangers.
Though Kyle Gibson will draw the start in the Twins' final game before the All-Star break, he's only expected to work two innings before turning the game over to the bullpen. Smeltzer is expected to be the first pitcher manager Rocco Baldelli turns to out of the bullpen, though the rookie may only work a few innings of his own rather than operating as a true "primary pitcher." Expect Smeltzer to return to Rochester after the outing in the likely event that Jake Odorizzi (finger) is ready to return from the 10-day injured list shortly after the second half begins.
Smeltzer will be recalled from Triple-A Rochester on Sunday to follow opener Kyle Gibson, Phil Miller of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Gibson will throw two innings on short rest, with Smeltzer being one of a handful of options expected to follow him. Kohl Stewart will be optioned in a corresponding move.
Smeltzer was optioned to Triple-A Rochester on Friday, Brandon Warne of ZoneCoverage.com reports.
Smeltzer allowed five runs on eight hits over 12.1 innings in two starts since being promoted last week, in what proved to be a solid debut stint in the majors. Michael Pineda (knee) will rejoin the Twins' starting rotation after being activated off the injured list. Smeltzer seems like a prime candidate to rejoin Minnesota if and when the team requires an additional starter later this season.
Smeltzer (0-1) took his first career loss after allowing five runs on five hits over 6.1 innings at Cleveland on Tuesday. He struck out two and walked three.
Smeltzer couldn't replicate the six shutout innings from his major-league debut last week, with the Indians taking him deep four times. The 23-year-old was actually in solid shape entering the seventh inning with only three runs allowed, but Roberto Perez and Jake Bauers hit back-to-back solo shots to end his evening. Michael Pineda (knee) will be eligible to return from the injured list this weekend, so Smeltzer may not receive another turn through the rotation.
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