Triston McKenzie Stats
- Height / Weight
- 6' 5" / 165 lbs.
- Date of Birth (Age)
- 8/2/1997 (26)
Triston McKenzie Season Stats
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Triston McKenzie News
Cleveland Guardians starting pitcher Triston McKenzie looks to end an injury-ruined year on a positive note in Saturday's start against the Detroit Tigers. The right-hander's rise to potential stardom was curbed by shoulder and elbow injuries in 2023, limiting him to 11 2/3 innings with a 6.23 ERA and 1.63 WHIP ahead of his final appearance. McKenzie's season finale is ripe for the picking; he is 3-1 with an 0.93 ERA and 49 strikeouts in six careers starts (38 2/3 innings) versus the Tigers. The 26-year-old could be on a pitch count of sorts in his second start back off the injured list and one without playoff implications, but season-long managers will hope he can qualify for a win if it presents itself by getting through at least five innings.
Cleveland Guardians starting pitcher Triston McKenzie (elbow) is slated to start Sunday's series finale versus the Baltimore Orioles. The right-hander made his second minor-league rehab start on Tuesday, throwing 3 2/3 three-run innings with two strikeouts after allowing one run with four punchouts in his first rehab game on Sep. 13. Shane Bieber returned on Friday from his lengthy absence due to an elbow injury, so these comebacks act as a silver lining amid a lost Guardians season. McKenzie hasn't been seen since mid-June with a right elbow sprain after getting a late start to the year off a right teres major strain, limiting him to 10 innings this year. Expect the 26-year-old to be on a pitch count of sorts in a tough matchup on Sunday, so he's not necessarily a must-play for his return.
Cleveland Guardians right-hander Triston McKenzie (elbow) is set to make his second minor-league rehab appearance on Tuesday for Triple-A Columbus and will likely have a 65-pitch limit. McKenzie started his rehab assignment last Wednesday with a three-inning outing for Double-A Akron, allowing one run on a hit while walking one and striking out four over 44 pitches. The 26-year-old was scratched from his June 16 start with right-elbow discomfort after starting the year on the injured list with a right teres-major strain. It's been an injury-filled 2023 campaign for McKenzie after a breakout in 2022. He's made just two starts for Cleveland this year, but he's trending toward making a start or two in the big-league rotation to finish off the season.
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.