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AL Central Standings

Team W-L L10 STRK
28-26 4-6 W1
25-27 5-5 L1
24-29 4-6 W2
22-34 5-5 L3
17-38 3-7 W2

2023 Pitching

Innings Pitched
Earned Run Average
Base on Balls (Walk)
Regular Season 21.1 1 1 7.59 14 5

Top Zach Plesac News

  • Guardians' Zach Plesac: Optioned to Triple-A

    Plesac was optioned to Triple-A Columbus by the Guardians on Thursday, Zack Meisel of The Athletic reports.

    Plesac had been one of the longest-tenured members of the Guardians' rotation but has lost his spot after posting a 7.59 ERA in five starts. Peyton Battenfield will start in Plesac's spot Friday against the Twins with Logan Allen and Tanner Bibee remaining in the rotation, as well.

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  • Guardians' Zach Plesac: Could lose rotation spot

    Plesac won't make his scheduled turn through the rotation Friday against the Twins, as the Guardians have instead named Peyton Battenfield their starter for the series opener with Minnesota, Mandy Bell of reports.

    The Guardians have yet to clarify what exactly the news means for Plesac moving forward, but at the very least, it's clear that his spot in the rotation is on thin ice. Through his first five starts of the season, Plesac has pitched to a 7.59 ERA and 1.97 WHIP in 21.1 innings, and while a .410 BABIP and 61.5 percent strand rate suggest that the right-hander has experienced some bad luck, he hasn't helped his cause by striking out a career-low 13.3 percent of the batters he's faced. Plesac has minor-league options remaining, so the Guardians could send him to Triple-A Columbus for a brief reset, or perhaps have him work as a multi-inning option out of the bullpen. It's also conceivable that he may just be skipping the start to work out some potential mechanical issues, so Plesac could end up slotting back into the rotation the next time his turn comes up.

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  • Guardians' Zach Plesac: Pulled after 3.1 innings

    Plesac did not factor into the decision Saturday, allowing five runs on eight hits and one walk over 3.1 innings against the Red Sox. He struck out one.

    Plesac got hit around again Saturday, giving up at least seven hits for the fourth time in five starts while being unable to make it through the fourth frame. Rafael Devers took him yard in the first, setting the tone for what would become a dreadful outing, with a three-run homer that plated Alex Verdugo and Masataka Yoshida. Plesac ran into trouble again in the fourth, giving up a pair of doubles to Raimel Tapia and Enmanuel Valdez, who both ended up scoring on singles by Christian Arroyo and Connor Wong. Through 21.1 innings, Plesac owns a 7.59 ERA to go along with an abysmal 5.91 K/9 and remains a firm stay away in most formats.

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  • Guardians' Zach Plesac: Stuck with loss in nightcap

    Plesac (1-1) took the loss Saturday as the Guardians were downed 3-2 by the Marlins in the second game of a doubleheader, giving up three runs on 10 hits and two walks over five-plus innings. He struck out five.

    The right-hander was locked in a 1-1 pitchers duel with Braxton Garrett until he hit the wall in the sixth inning, allowing three straight hits to begin the frame and watching two of them eventually come around to score. Plesac exited after 90 pitches (65 strikes), but pitching wasn't the reason Cleveland got swept Saturday -- the team's offense managed only three runs in 18 innings. While Plesac's 6.50 ERA and 13:4 K:BB through 18 innings to begin the season are discouraging, there is a thin silver lining as he's served up only two homers, after coming into 2023 with a career 1.39 HR/9. He'll look to continue keeping the ball in the park -- but with better results -- in his next start, which is likely to come next weekend in Boston.

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  • Guardians' Zach Plesac: Guardians-Marlins postponed

    Plesac and the Guardians won't play Friday against the Marlins after the game was postponed due to inclement weather in Cleveland.

    The game will be made up as part of a traditional doubleheader Saturday, with the first contest beginning at 3:10 p.m. EDT. Plesac will start the nightcap while Shane Bieber takes the hill for the early tilt.

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  • Guardians' Zach Plesac: Earns win after five strong innings

    Plesac (1-0) earned the win Saturday, allowing four runs (two earned) on seven hits and zero walks over five innings during a 6-4 victory over the Nationals. He struck out one.

    Plesac surrendered three runs in the first, but only one was charged as an earned run due to a throwing error from Jose Ramirez. The right-hander got some run support, and despite giving up a go-ahead, RBI double from Keibert Ruiz in the fourth, Plesac was in line for the win after he was taken out thanks to a two-run homer by Ramirez in the fifth. After a shaky first start, Plesac has allowed four earned runs over his past two outings (12 innings) while posting a solid 7:1 K:BB during those contests.

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  • Guardians' Zach Plesac: Fans six in no-decision

    Plesac did not factor into the decision Sunday, allowing two runs on five hits with one walk over seven innings in a 7-6 win over the Mariners.

    After struggling in his season debut, Plesac began his second start by giving up a two-run homer to Cal Raleigh in the first inning. However, the right-hander shut down the Mariners for the rest of his outing before exiting in the eighth. The Guardians completed a thrilling comeback in the bottom of the ninth inning, culminating in a walkoff fielder's choice from Josh Bell in the 12th. With this performance, Plesac drastically improved his numbers and currently holds a 9.00 ERA and 1.75 WHIP with seven strikeouts through eight innings. The 28-year-old is tentatively set to return to the mound next weekend in the upcoming series against the Nationals.

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  • Guardians' Zach Plesac: Chased in second inning

    Plesac allowed six runs on seven hits and a walk in one inning during Monday's win over Oakland. He struck out one and did not factor in the decision.

    Plesac gave up one run in the first before unraveling in the second. He gave up five runs without recording an out, capped off by Jace Peterson's three-run shot that bounced him from the game. Plesac threw 35 of 53 shots for strikes and forced seven whiffs. He's lined up for a home start against the Mariners this weekend.

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  • Guardians' Zach Plesac: Uneven pitching in Cactus League

    Plesac has allowed eight runs on 15 hits with an 11:4 K:BB across 13 innings during Cactus League play.

    Plesac is still projected for a spot in the Guardians' rotation, but his ineffective pitching in the spring is reason for concern. He was just alright a year ago with a 4.31 ERA, 1.32 WHIP and 100:38 K:BB over 131.2 innings. Plesac should have a chance to get things sorted out early in the season, but strong work from Hunter Gaddis or Xzavion Curry at Triple-A Columbus could shake things up at the back of the rotation.

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  • Guardians' Zach Plesac: Avoids arbitration with Guardians

    Plesac signed a one-year, $2.95 million contract with the Guardians on Friday to avoid arbitration, Robert Murray of reports.

    It's a nice salary bump for Plesac, who was in his first year of arbitration eligibility. The right-hander had an up-and-down 2022 campaign, finishing with a 4.31 ERA and 100:38 K:BB across 131.2 frames. For fantasy purposes, Plesac is likely to be a streaming option again in 2023.

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  • Guardians' Zach Plesac: Takes loss in return

    Plesac (3-12) gave up one earned run on seven hits and a walk while striking out one over 3.2 innings to take the loss in a 7-1 defeat to the Royals on Saturday.

    Plesac allowed three straight two-out doubles in the top of the fourth, which gave the Royals all the run production they needed to hand Plesac his 12th loss of the season. Only one of the four runs that Plesac allowed were earned due to a throwing error by third baseman Gabriel Arias. It was Plesac's first start since August 28th when he fractured his pitching hand after punching the mound in frustration. The appearance is best viewed as a tune-up start before the Guardians finalize their postseason rotation. The 27-year-old right-hander finishes the regular season with an ERA of 4.34.

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  • Guardians' Zach Plesac: Activated prior to start

    Plesac (hand) was reinstated from the 15-day injured list ahead of Saturday's game against the Royals, Zack Meisel of The Athletic reports.

    Plesac was initially slated to start Friday against Kansas City but was ultimately pushed back to Saturday. However, he'll officially have at least one more chance to pitch for the Guardians ahead of the playoffs. The right-hander will likely take on a bullpen role for Cleveland once the postseason begins.

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  • Guardians' Zach Plesac: Start pushed back to Saturday

    Plesac (hand) will now start Saturday's game against the Royals, Zack Meisel of The Athletic reports.

    The right-hander was initially slated to return from the injured list to start Friday's matchup against Kansas City, but he'll be pushed back a day since Aaron Civale will now take the mound Friday. The altered rotation plans also mean that Civale lines up to start Wednesday's regular-season finale, while Saturday's start will likely be Plesac's last of the regular season. It's possible that Plesac moves to a bullpen role during the playoffs.

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  • Guardians' Zach Plesac: Confirmed for Friday's start

    Plesac (hand) will be activated from the 15-day injured list to start Friday against the Royals, Tom Withers of the Associated Press reports.

    Plesac is throwing a bullpen session Tuesday in advance of the start. He struck out five while allowing two hits and zero walks over five scoreless innings in his lone rehab start. Plesac could possibly start the final game of the season Oct. 5 as well, which is also at home against the Royals.

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  • Guardians' Zach Plesac: Lines up to start Friday

    Plesac (hand) is tentatively scheduled to return from the 15-day injured list to start Friday against the Royals, Zack Meisel of The Athletic reports.

    Plesac landed on the injured list with a fractured right hand Sept. 2, but he should be able to make at least one start prior to the end of the regular season. He threw 45 pitches during a simulated game Tuesday, so it seems likely that he'll be on a pitch count during his return to game action. However, if the right-hander ultimately starts Friday's matchup, it's possible that he'll make another start during the Guardians' regular-season finale against Kansas City on Oct. 5.

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  • Guardians' Zach Plesac: Throws sim game

    Plesac (hand) threw 45 pitches in a simulated game Tuesday, Ryan Lewis of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.

    Plesac had no apparent setbacks after the sim game, so he's taken another step forward in his recovery. It's unclear what his next step will be, and it's also uncertain if he'll have enough time to get stretched out before the end of the regular season. With Cody Morris pitching fairly well in Plesac's absence, there may not be a spot in the rotation for the 27-year-old right-hander once he can return.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-2, 200 lbs
Birthplace: Crown Point, IN
Age: 28
School: Ball State
Experience: 3
Bats/Throws: R, R