Fairbanks closed out the ninth, allowing one run and one hit while striking out two in his effort to record the save in Tuesday's win over the Yankees in Game 2 of the ALDS.
Fairbanks threw 14 of his 25 pitches for strikes to close out the game and record his second save of the postseason. With two outs and runners at the corners, Fairbanks was able to force Aaron Judge to ground out to third base to end the game.
Fairbanks recorded one scoreless inning and allowed one hit while striking out two in his effort to record the save against the Blue Jays on Tuesday in Game 1 of the AL Wild Card Round.
Fairbanks threw 10 of his 18 pitches for strikes to close out the game. The 26-year-old had not recorded a save in the regular season while posting a 2.70 ERA and 1.39 WHIP in 26.2 innings of work.
Fairbanks (6-3) earned the win Saturday over the Phillies despite allowing a solo home run across an inning of work. He walked a batter and struck out two in the effort.
Fairbanks replaced Ryan Yarbrough in the fifth and allowed the Phillies to retake the lead on an Andrew McCutchen solo home run to left. However, the Rays put up three runs in the bottom of the inning and wiped away any possibility of Fairbanks taking the loss. The 26-year-old has a 2.70 ERA and 39:14 K:BB across 26.2 innings. The Rays have primarily used Fairbanks as an opener this season, but it's currently unclear how they plan to deploy him during the playoffs.
Fairbanks tossed 1.2 scoreless innings Monday, striking out two and issuing one walk in the win over the Mets. He did not factor in the decision.
After walking the first batter he faced, Fairbanks recorded five straight outs, needing just 25 pitches to roll through 1.2 innings. He lowered his season ERA to 2.55 in 24.2 innings. With the season winding down, Fairbanks could move to a standard bullpen role rather than an opener down the stretch.
Fairbanks will start Monday's game against the Mets, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.
The 26-year-old has opened one contest this season and will do so again in Monday's series finale. Fairbanks has a 2.74 ERA, 1.43 WHIP and 33:12 K:BB over 23 innings and doesn't figure to throw much more than an inning. Josh Fleming is the likely candidate to follow as the primary pitcher.
Fairbanks (5-3) was credited with the win over the Orioles in the second game of a doubleheader on Thursday, allowing two hits and recording two strikeouts over a scoreless inning.
Fairbanks labored through a 27-pitch inning, but ultimately, he did enough to come through unscathed and became the pitcher of record when the Rays rallied for four runs in the home half of the frame. The 26-year-old also served as an opener Wednesday against the Nationals, and after throwing a combined 47 pitches in the back-to-back outings, he may need multiple days off before returning to the mound.
Fairbanks will serve as the opener Wednesday against the Nationals, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.
The 26-year-old has allowed runs in two of his past three outings but will receive the starting nod in Wednesday's series finale. Fairbanks has a 3.00 ERA, 1.43 WHIP and 29:12 K:BB through 21 innings for the season. Josh Fleming is expected to follow him as the primary pitcher.
Fairbanks (4-3) took the loss in a defeat at the hands of the Red Sox on Sunday, allowing an earned run on a hit and a walk over two-thirds of an inning.
Fairbanks was tasked with preserving a 3-2 lead when he entered the game with a man on in the fifth, but he ultimately allowed an RBI double to Rafael Devers and a run-scoring groundout to J.D. Martinez. Only the latter run went on Fairbanks' ledger, but it was enough to saddle him with the loss when the Rays were unable to mount a comeback the rest of the way. Fairbanks has put together extended stretches of effective performances in what has been a busy season, but he's now uncharacteristically allowed a pair of earned runs over his last three appearances.
Fairbanks (4-2) was charged with the loss in a defeat at the hands of the Red Sox on Thursday, allowing an earned run on two hits and a walk over one inning. He struck out two.
It was an eventful 23-pitch outing for Fairbanks, who allowed a go-ahead RBI single to Rafael Devers that turned out to be the difference in the game. The 26-year-old right-hander saw his string of five straight scoreless efforts snapped with Thursday's stumble, and the earned run he surrendered was his first since Aug. 10, when he allowed two overall to these same Red Sox.
Fairbanks (4-1) struck out one over 1.1 scoreless innings to get the win against Miami on Friday.
Fairbanks entered with two outs in the seventh inning after Ryan Yarbrough (groin) was unable to continue due to groin tightness. Fairbanks hit Jorge Alfaro with a pitch but was otherwise perfect Friday, and he has not allowed an earned run in 7.1 innings while racking up 11 strikeouts over that span. The Rays bullpen is decimated by injuries, so look for Fairbanks to continue to receive the ball late in games.
Fairbanks has not allowed an earned run over his last seven appearances and has 10 strikeouts in 6.1 innings over that stretch, although he did allow an unearned run in a blown save in his most recent appearance.
After a shaky start to the year (6.43 ERA in first seven innings), Fairbanks has settled in as the pitcher the Rays thought they were getting when they traded Nick Solak to the Rangers for him in a two-player trade last July. The Rays' bullpen has been decimated by injuries, and while Diego Castillo seems like the top option for saves, Fairbanks and John Curtiss are also in that mix.
Fairbanks (3-1) was credited with the victory in a win over the Yankees on Wednesday, recording one out on a strikeout to close out the seventh inning. He also threw a wild pitch.
Fairbanks came on after Ryan Thompson got three outs behind an effective eight-strikeout performance by starter Tyler Glasnow, and he had a hand in making the situation more of a high-leverage scenario than it should have been. Fairbanks' wild pitch while facing Aaron Hicks moved inherited runner Brett Gardner to third base with two outs, but the right-hander ultimately bounced back to retire the slugger on a called third strike. Fairbanks seems to be hitting his stride after allowing a combined three earned runs over two outings to the Yankees and Red Sox earlier in August, as he's now fired 3.1 scoreless frames across his subsequent four appearances.
Manager Kevin Cash mentioned Fairbanks as a candidate to serve as an opener during one of the two weekend games against the Blue Jays in Buffalo, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.
Fairbanks last logged an appearance Wednesday, a one-inning outing against the Red Sox. The right-hander would likely only be needed for a couple of frames if used as an opener in the same way Cash has deployed pitchers in that role the last couple of seasons, so his arm should certainly be rested sufficiently if called upon. Fairbanks has had an up-and-down start to the campaign, surrendering at least one run in half of his eight appearances on his way to a 5.63 ERA and 1.75 WHIP over eight innings.
Fairbanks (2-1) was credited with the victory in a win over the Yankees in the second game of a doubleheader Saturday despite allowing an earned run on two hits and a walk over an inning. He also recorded a strikeout.
Fairbanks gave up a game-tying RBI single to Luke Voit in the fourth inning of the seven-inning affair, but he became eligible for the win when Austin Meadows singled in Willy Adames and Kevin Kiermaier with his own run-scoring hit in the home half of the frame. Fairbanks had opened August with back-to-back scoreless one-inning efforts, but Saturday marked the third time in six appearances he's allowed an earned run.
Fairbanks (1-1) took the loss in Friday's defeat at the hands of the Orioles, allowing an earned run on two hits and a walk over 1.1 innings. He struck out two.
Fairbanks settled things down after Blake Snell allowed three straight extra-base hits -- including back-to-back home runs -- to start the fourth inning. However, he eventually became the pitcher of record when Andrew Kittredge allowed an RBI single to Anthony Santander that plated inherited runner Hanser Alberto to snap a 3-3 tie, which handed Fairbanks the first blemish on his 2020 ledger. The hard-throwing right-hander had some control issues Friday while getting just 17 of 28 pitches into the strike zone, and he's now allowed an earned run in two of his first three appearances despite generating a 7:2 K:BB.
Fairbanks (1-0) was credited with the victory in a win over the Braves on Tuesday, allowing a hit while recording three strikeouts over a scoreless fifth inning.
Starter Yonny Chirinos was able to provide manager Kevin Cash with four quality innings, setting the stage for Fairbanks to get the call in the fifth. The hard-throwing right-hander had a rather memorable frame, as he rang up swinging strikeouts of Ronald Acuna, Ozzie Albies and Freddie Freeman after allowing a leadoff single to Alex Jackson. The dominance over three of the most formidable bats in the Braves lineup underscores the upside of Fairbanks, who bounced back in fine form from having allowed an earned run on two hits and a walk over two-thirds of an inning to the Blue Jays in his first appearance of the season Saturday.
Fairbanks, who pitched in a simulated game during Thursday's summer camp session, made a strong impression on manager Kevin Cash by striking out three of the four hitters he faced, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports. "This has a chance to be a pretty big season for Pete," Cash said. "To just continue to establish just how talented he is."
The young right-hander faced the foursome of Kevin Kiermaier, Hunter Renfroe, Nate Lowe and Chris Herrmann, striking out the latter three after allowing Kiermaier an infield single. Fairbanks' impressive four-seam fastball was on display, as well as a new changeup he's developed and what Kiermaier described as a "nasty" slider. Fairbanks already has two Tommy John surgeries on his medical chart, but he's back to throwing in the high 90s and offered some reason for optimism last season after arriving in Tampa following a trade with the Rangers. While the 26-year-old finished with a 5.11 ERA in his 13 appearances with the Rays, that bloated figure was accompanied by an impressive 2.89 FIP that implied Fairbanks ran into some tough luck.
Fairbanks has been able to throw bullpen sessions in his local area while spring training has been suspended, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
The update on the hard-throwing right-hander was provided by pitching coach Kyle Snyder, who was also supervising the return to the mound of several other Rays pitchers at Tropicana Field on Friday. Fairbanks' overpowering fastball makes him a natural candidate for late-inning work if there is a 2020 season, especially with the strong likelihood of expanded rosters.
Fairbanks logged five scoreless innings and a 10:3 K:BB across five Grapefruit League appearances before spring training was suspended.
Juan Toribio of MLB.com notes Fairbanks flashed a fastball that touched as high as 100 mph and an effective complementary breaking pitch during his stellar spring showing. With MLB expanding active rosters to 26 players for the coming season, Toribio notes Fairbanks already had a fighting chance at the 13th and final spot on the staff. However, the combination of his Grapefruit League performance and the possibility rosters are now expanded further would seemingly strengthen Fairbanks' odds of opening 2020 at the big-league level.
Fairbanks worked one inning in a simulated game Tuesday, throwing 21 pitches, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.
Fairbanks got 14 of his offerings into the strike zone while facing Nate Lowe, Kevan Smith and Daniel Robertson and working with Mike Zunino as his battery mate. The 26-year-old right-hander had a rough go of it in 2019 with both the Rangers (9.35 ERA across eight appearances) and Rays (5.11 ERA in 13 outings), but he'd made a strong case this spring for an Opening Day roster spot with five scoreless, four-hit innings across five appearances and a 10:3 K:BB. With the remainder of Grapefruit League play cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns, it remains to be seen if he built a strong enough case to stick on the Opening Day roster.
|Last 7 Games|
|10/09||vs NYY||W 2-1||0||0||0||2.0||1||0||1||3|
|10/06||vs NYY||W 7-5||0||0||1||1.0||1||1||2||2|
|09/29||vs TOR||W 3-1||0||0||1||1.0||1||0||0||2|
|09/26||vs PHI||W 4-3||1||0||0||1.0||1||1||1||2|
|09/23||@ NYM||W 8-5||0||0||0||1.0||1||0||0||2|
|09/21||@ NYM||W 2-1||0||0||0||1.2||0||0||1||2|
|09/17||vs BAL||W 10-6||1||0||0||1.0||2||0||0||2|
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|Minor League Pitching Stats|
|2017||AFA-Down East Wood Ducks||18.2||9||1||0||2||1||0||10||13||22||5.93||1.923|
|2019||AFA-Down East Wood Ducks||12.1||11||0||0||1||0||2||15||4||10||2.98||1.157|