Right-handed pitcher Xzavion Curry will look to pick up his first win of his career as a starter tomorrow as the Cleveland Guardians take on the Detroit Tigers.
This will be Curry’s sixth start of the season as the Guardians are looking to see how the 25-year-old does in the starting rotation and he has a 0-1 record with a 4.26 ERA in that capacity.
For a good portion of the season, Curry has made his value coming out of the bullpen. This season he’s made 25 appearances out of the bullpen and has a 3-0 record with a 3.06 ERA.
Xzavion Curry Moving To Starting Rotation
Our fellow staff member Dante Miles wrote about Curry’s move to the starting rotation earlier this month.
Curry is no stranger to being a starter. During his time in the minors, he made 40 starts between the 2021 and 2022 season.
And he knows what success looks like on the mound as well. He has a 17-5 record through 44 appearances during his time in the minors. Despite being moved to the bullpen when he was called up, Curry had no issue with the adjustment.
Earlier this season he talked about how he’s understanding he can be effective coming out of the bullpen and as a starter.
“I’m learning that I can be a versatile type pitcher,” Curry said in an article from cleveland.com. “That bullpen role is not something I’m scared of. It’s just more about embracing the role and just going out there and helping the team whenever my number’s called.”
When he got called up and was placed in the bullpen, he had to make some minor tweaks to his pitching routine.
“The warmup aspect is a little different,” said Curry. “But after doing it a little bit in spring training, and now having it done a couple times under my belt in the season, I’m getting used to it. Like I said, watching other guys, seeing how they keep they warm up and stay ready has helped. And once the phone rings, it’s my time. My body kind of switches into compete mode.”
Curry Looking To Bounce Back From Rough Start
Well now he’s back in the starting rotation and he’ll look to have a bounce back performance after giving up five runs on six hits and a home run in five innings of work against the Tampa Bay Rays on August 11.
Despite Cleveland’s below .500 record, they still have a chance to win the AL Central, and Curry could play a key role headed towards the end of the season.
Each game is crucial for the Guardians, and you better believe Curry understands that and he will look to give his team a fighting chance to win come Thursday. This could be a memorable night for Curry in his start against the boys from the Motor City.