James Karinchak Stats
- Height / Weight
- 6' 3" / 215 lbs.
- Date of Birth (Age)
- 9/22/1995 (25)
James Karinchak Season Stats
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James Karinchak News
Cleveland Indians relief pitcher James Karinchak pitched the ninth inning, allowing four hits, one walk and two earned runs in Tuesday night's 6-5 win over the Chicago White Sox. Despite the abysmal line, Karinchak recorded his seventh save of the season, but he has had back-to-back rough outings, as the White Sox got to him on Monday as well. Karinchak still has filthy stuff and will be heavily relied upon in this Tribe bullpen, but fantasy managers have to be disappointed with his recent results.
Cleveland Indians relief pitcher James Karinchak had a forgettable day as he allowed three runs (two earned) on two hits and a walk in the bottom of the eighth inning of game one of a doubleheader in the Indians 8-6 loss to the White Sox. Karinchak will need to put this one behind him as it is always a difficult situation to come into extra innings with the runner on second base. He compounded things by walking Yermin Mercedes with two out and then giving up a home run to Adam Eaton. He will look to get back on the horse in his next outing as he still boasts a 2.28 ERA with 42 strikeouts across 23 2/3 innings pitched.
Cleveland Indians relief pitcher James Karinchak recorded his sixth save of 2021 in Tuesday night's 4-1 win over the Detroit Tigers by allowing no earned runs on one hit and one walk while striking out two. Karinchak was brought into the ninth with men on first and second and nobody out and allowed an inherited runner to score on a Jonathan Schoop single, but that was all the damage that was done and the run was credited to Aaron Civale's stat line. Karinchak will carry a 1.25 ERA and 40 strikeouts in 21 1/3 innings pitched into his next appearance.
Cleveland Indians relief pitcher James Karinchak made a name for himself in 2020 as a high-leverage setup man with devastating strikeout stuff. Karinchak, along with Milwaukee's Devin Williams, tied Aroldis Chapman's 2014 record for the highest K/9(17.67) in MLB history among pitchers with at least 25 innings in a season. The young righty relies on a two-pitch mix: his high-90s four-seamer and patented knee-buckling curve. Both pitches ranked inside their respective top 10 league-wide in whiff percentage, with the curve inducing swings and misses a staggering 56.3% of the time. He threw them at nearly identical rates (50.2% fastball, 49.8% curveball), making it virtually impossible for hitters to guess correctly which one was coming next. While all of this is impressive and bodes well for his future, what's troubling is the duality of his 2020 campaign. In his first 16 2/3 innings from July 25 through August 25, Karinchak gave up one earned run and walked six hitters. In his final 10 1/3 innings, he gave up seven earned runs and issued 10 walks. Command has always been the concern with Karinchak dating back to his time in the minors, and he's clearly still working on that aspect of his development. Brad Hand is out of the picture, so the closer role in Cleveland is up for grabs at the moment. Karinchak's ability to punch hitters out makes him the ideal candidate to fill that vacancy in 2021 if he can demonstrate more consistent control of his arsenal. Otherwise, it wouldn't be surprising to see Terry Francona give Nick Wittgren a look.