James Karinchak Stats
- Height / Weight
- 6' 3" / 215 lbs.
- Date of Birth (Age)
- 9/22/1995 (26)
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The Cleveland Indians optioned relief pitcher James Karinchak to Triple-A Columbus on Saturday. The 25-year-old was one of baseball's best relievers last season and got off to a strong start this season, pitching to a 2.52 ERA, 68 strikeouts, and 22 walks in 39.1 innings in the first half. However, the right-hander has struggled as of late, surrendering 14 earned runs, 10 walks, and four home runs in his last 15 innings. Emmanuel Clase should continue to work as Cleveland's closer, but with Karinchak in the minors, Bryan Shaw could be in line for an occasional save opportunity or two. In 61 appearances this season, Shaw has pitched to a 3.41 ERA and a 4.34 FIP while also collecting 61 strikeouts, 32 walks, and a pair of saves. The veteran could be particularly valuable now in fantasy leagues where holds are part of the scoring. Prior to Karinchak being optioned, Shaw already had 17 holds.
Cleveland Indians relief pitcher James Karinchak allowed two earned runs on one walk and one hit while striking out none in a 7-4 win over the Detroit Tigers on Friday. Karinchak got into trouble again in this one when he walked Jeimer Candelario to lead off the bottom of the ninth inning and then allowed a two-run bomb by Renato Nunez. Karinchak has now allowed eight earned runs in his previous seven appearances. While this was not a save opportunity, he could certainly be losing his chance to close games out down the stretch.
Cleveland Indians relief pitcher James Karinchak gave up a 3-2 lead in the eighth inning Tuesday night on two hits while striking out none. Karinchak was credited with the blown save, although had he held the lead, Emmanuel Clase almost certainly would have been given the opportunity for the save in the ninth inning. Karinchak is struggling again as he has now allowed six earned runs over his previous six appearances. It may cost him save opportunities down the stretch.
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.