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The Rays announced Thursday that John Curtiss will serve as the opener for Game 5 of the ALCS.
Following a shortened regular season that saw Curtiss strike out 25 batters and post a 1.80 ERA in 25 innings pitched, the postseason has been a different story for the right-hander. In 4 1/3 innings thrown this October, Curtiss has allowed five runs on nine hits. While all five of the runs came in his first appearance of the 2020 playoffs, multiple baserunners have reached in each of his four outings.
John Curtiss struck out the side to earn his second save of the season in the Rays' 6-4 win over the Phillies on Friday.
Curtiss was dominant, needing just 12 pitches to close out Philadelphia. He has a 1.85 ERA in 16 appearances this season. Tampa Bay has already won the American League East for the first time since 2010.
John Curtiss threw 1 2/3 scoreless innings on Sunday against the Blue Jays, earning the save and protecting the 5-4 Rays victory.
Curtiss is the eighth different Tampa Bay reliever to earn a save this season. It's unlikely he'll become their official closer even with Nick Anderson on the IL. As always, expect the Rays to mix and match the rest of the way.