RP,SP - KC
Royals manager Mike Matheny announced on Wednesday that Brad Keller has been moved to the bullpen effective immediately as reported by Royals’ TV announcer Joel Goldberg.
The move comes as somewhat of a surprise as Keller is by no means the worst performer in the Royals’ rotation. However, the demotion comes on the heels of one of arguably his worst start of the year, giving up eight runs in just three innings on Saturday against the Dodgers. It was also his second start surrendering eight runs in his last three. Keller is 6-13 on the season with 4.93 ERA, but is 6-3 with a 1.77 ERA when he’s registered a quality start and 0-10 with a 9.18 ERA when he hasn't. His 10.43 ERA in August may have sealed his fate of a move to the bullpen.
Brad Keller pitched three innings, allowing eight runs on nine hits and three walks while striking out three in Kansas City’s 13-3 loss to the Dodgers on Saturday night.
Keller falls to 6-13 on the season with a 4.93 ERA, 1.43 WHIP, and 83 strikeouts in 122 1/3 innings across 22 innings. Keller is now 0-10 with a 9.18 ERA when he fails to log a quality start while being 6-3 with a 1.77 ERA when he does pitch a quality start. Keller is 1-2 with a 10.43 ERA and just 10 strikeouts in 14 2/3 innings across three August starts. If you take out the quality start in his last outing, a win, he is 0-2 with a 16.62 ERA in the other two. Keller has also now earned the decision in 15 straight starts since May 16 but has seen his ERA balloon from 2.89 to 4.93 since then. Keller will look to get back on track in his next start on Thursday in Tampa.
Brad Keller pitched six innings, allowing one run on four hits and three walks while striking out four in Kansas City’s 13-5 win against the Red Sox on Sunday.
Keller improves to 6-12 with a 4.45 ERA, 1.37 WHIP, and 80 strikeouts in 119 1/3 innings across 21 starts. Keller is now 6-3 (1.77 ERA) when he logs a quality start and 0-9 (8.44 ERA) when he doesn’t. Keller has also won five of his last nine starts after a 1-8 start and has earned the decision in 14 straight starts dating back to May 21. Keller will look for his seventh win in his next start on Saturday against the Dodgers.
Brad Keller pitched 5 2/3 innings, allowing eight runs on 13 hits and one walk while striking out three in Kansas City’s 9-2 loss to the White Sox on Tuesday.
Keller falls to 5-12 with a 4.61 ERA, 1.38 WHIP, and 76 strikeouts in 113 1/3 innings across 20 starts this season. on the season. Keller’s offense, fresh off the trade deadline losses of Andrew Benintendi and Whit Merrifield, didn’t do him any favors but not too many pitchers are going to win consistently giving up eight runs. Keller is amazingly 5-3 when he throws a quality start this season but 0-9 when he doesn’t like on Tuesday night. Keller will look to pick up his first victory since July 11 in his next start on Sunday against the Red Sox.
Brad Keller pitched six innings, allowing three runs on six hits and three walks while striking out five in Kansas City’s 4-0 loss to the Angels on Wednesday.
Keller finishes July with a 3-2 with a 3.77 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and 22 strikeouts across 28 2/3 innings. Keller falls to 5-11 on the season but finishes his best month record-wise and carries a 4.18 ERA through 19 starts. Keller’s quality start was his third in five July starts and his 10th of the season and despite his 5-11 record, he is 5-3 in his quality starts. Keller will look to carry his hot July into August in his next start on Monday against the White Sox.