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Guardians' Zach Plesac: Quality start in no-decision

Plesac did not factor into the decision Tuesday against the Reds, allowing two runs on six hits and two walks while striking out three over six innings. The quality start was Plesac's second of the year. While the results were strong, Plesac was far from dominant, inducing only six swinging strikes on 95 pitches. He still has not topped four strikeouts in a game this season and his stellar 2020 short-season run is a distant memory at this point. With the amount of contact he allows, Plesac should be considered a high-risk option.
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Guardians' Zach Plesac: Coughs up five runs

Plesac yielded five runs (four earned) on five hits and two walks over 6.1 frames in Monday's victory over the White Sox. He struck out four and did not factor in the decision. Plesac got off to a rough start, coughing up four runs in the first inning. Most of...
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Guardians' Zach Plesac: Handed loss Wednesday

Plesac dropped to 1-3 after giving up five runs (four earned) on five hits and four walks while striking out four across five innings in Wednesday's 5-4 loss to the Padres in the first game of a doubleheader. Plesac was handed the loss after he surrendered a go-ahead double to...
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Guardians' Zach Plesac: Guardians-Padres rained out

Plesac and the Guardians won't face the Padres on Tuesday after the game was postponed due to inclement weather in Cleveland, Mandy Bell of MLB.com reports. The two teams will make up the interleague matchup Wednesday as part of a straight doubleheader that begins at 1:10 p.m. ET. According to Chris Assenheimer of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram, Plesac will start the first game of the twin bill, opposing former Cleveland rotation mate Mike Clevinger (knee), who will return from the injured list to make his season debut for the Padres.
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Guardians' Zach Plesac: Roughed up by Angels

Plesac (1-2) took the loss against the Angels on Wednesday, allowing seven runs (six earned) on seven hits and two walks over 3.2 innings. He struck out two. The right-hander had pitched well over his first three starts, allowing just three earned runs over 17.2 frames. However, he struggled to fool Angels batters Wednesday, notching only three swinging strikes and registering a season-low two punchouts. Los Angeles got to him for two first-inning runs and then posted four more in the second frame on a Taylor Ward grand slam. Plesac's ERA ballooned from 1.53 to 3.80 as a result of the poor outing, and he'll look to get back on track in his next start, which is expected to come at home against San Diego next week.

White Sox’ Dylan Cease, Brewers’ Freddy Peralta, Guardians’ Zach Plesac Throw MLB’s Best Sliders

Today, the MLB Best Pitches series continues with sliders. In recent weeks, the series began with changeups, curveballs, cutters/splitters, four-seam fastballs and sinkers. We’re going pitch by pitch through the arsenals of all starting pitchers who threw 135 or more innings last season to determine the game’s best - and worst - offerings. The main inputs are pitchers’ bat-missing and contact management results. Each pitch is compared to league average swing-and-miss rates and pitch-specific Adjusted Contact Scores.
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Guardians' Zach Plesac: Earns first win

Plesac (1-1) allowed two runs (one earned) on seven hits and one walk while striking out three across 6.2 innings to earn the win Thursday against the White Sox. Plesac effectively pitched to contact, as he generated only nine swinging strikes across 85 pitches. The majority of the damage against him came in the fourth frame, when he surrendered two doubles and a walk to account for the only earned run he allowed. Plesac has maintained a 1.53 ERA across his first 17.2 frames of the season, largely on the basis of avoiding mistakes and giving up only 1.0 BB/9 and 1.0 HR/9.

Zach Plesac, Triston McKenzie impressive again in Cleveland Guardians 5-1 spring win against Arizona D-Backs

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Zach Plesac and Triston McKenzie have pitched in the same game three times during Cleveland’s exhibition season, and the Guardians have won every time. Not much changed Friday as Cleveland picked up a 5-1 Cactus League victory against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Goodyear Ballpark. Plesac teamed with McKenzie for another impressive outing, allowing just one run in six combined innings. The duo appears ready to piggyback in their first regular-season action once the club gets to Kansas City next week.
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Guardians' Zach Plesac: Solid versus Arizona

Plesac allowed two hits and a walk while striking out four over three scoreless innings in Friday's 5-1 win over the Diamondbacks. This was Plesac's best start of the spring so far as he gets ramped up for a spot in the rotation this season. A thumb injury cost him time in 2021, but he's fully healthy heading into 2022. The right-hander had a 4.67 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 100:34 K:BB across 142.2 innings in 25 starts last season. Plesac is a gamble in fantasy -- his best season came in a small sample in 2020, while his other two major-league campaigns have been much more pedestrian. If Eli Morgan or Sam Hentges show well, they could be options to replace Plesac in the rotation if he has another uneven season.
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Why It’s Tough to Be Bullish on Zach Plesac in 2022

Cleveland Guardians starter Zach Plesac entered 2021 with some Cy Young buzz and left it with year-over-year spikes in multiple key metrics. One reason for his struggles has been in plain sight for a while. The other appeared to come through a tweak in his windup. Plesac’s fastball – his...
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