Triston McKenzie Stats
- Height / Weight
- 6' 5" / 165 lbs.
- Date of Birth (Age)
- 8/2/1997 (25)
Triston McKenzie Season Stats
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Triston McKenzie News
Cleveland Guardians right-hander Triston McKenzie will start in Game 3 of the American League Division Series on Saturday against the New York Yankees. Manager Terry Francona said the team is leaning toward not starting right-hander Shane Bieber, who will start Game 2 on Friday, on short rest for a potential series-deciding Game 5, but that's now entirely out the window with Game 2 being postponed on Thursday. McKenzie was outstanding in his first career playoff start in the Game 2 win over the Tampa Bay Rays in the Wild-Card Series last Saturday, tossing six shutout innings while giving up two hits, walking two and striking out eight. In his lone start against the Yankees in 2022, McKenzie fired seven shutout innings, giving up one hit, walking one and striking out seven in a victory.
Cleveland Guardians starting pitcher Triston McKenzie will take the mound as the team's starter in the third game of the American League Division Series matchup against the New York Yankees. The 25-year-old enjoyed a quality regular season for Cleveland, pitching to a 2.96 ERA and a 3.59 FIP in 191.1 innings while striking out 190 batters and giving up just 44 walks. The right-hander allowed two hits in six shutout innings in his start against the Tampa Bay Rays in the Wild Card Round, giving up just a pair of hits and two walks while striking out eight batters on 98 pitches.
Cleveland Guardians starting pitcher Triston McKenzie lowered his ERA below 3.00 with another solid outing Wednesday, allowing one run on three hits and a walk in six innings. He struck out six batters and took a no-decision in the 2-1 win over the Tampa Bay Rays. McKenzie now has a streak of four straight quality starts and has not allowed more than three earned runs since Aug. 2. He has been a major breakout player for Cleveland this year with a 2.99 ERA, 0.96 WHIP and 186 strikeouts in 186 1/3 innings across 30 starts.
Triston McKenzie didn't excite fantasy managers with his 11-11 record last season, but his 2.96 ERA over 191 IP certainly turned heads. Unfortunately, betting on a repeat would be unwise. His ERA estimators were substantially higher with a 3.77 xFIP and 3.54 xERA, and many projection systems peg him in the 4.10 range for 2023. His .237 BABIP against is probably unsustainable, as his .222 xBA was 21 points higher than his .201 batting average against. His .397 xSLG was too high to support any kind of sustainable contact management ability, and his 92.7 mph fastball isn't that impressive in this age of velocity. McKenzie generates strikeouts at a 25.6% clip thanks to a great curve (22.4 SwStr%, 43.4% chase rate), but it's only his third pitch behind his heater and a less impressive slider (14 SwStr%, 31.1% chase). The Guardians aren't exactly an offensive powerhouse, so McKenzie might not earn many wins even with high innings totals. You should bake substantial regression into your projection, and that likely means passing at his current ADP of 95.82.