The 2021 MLB season is underway and Rice baseball alums are busy on the mound and at the plate. Here’s the latest from the MLB Owls from this week.
Brock Holt – Texas Rangers
Holt wowed with his Ephesus pitch last week, but it did not translate into more time on the field. He’s appeared in just one game since for the Rangers, going 1-for-3 against Oakland on Saturday.
Through August 14, Holt is hitting .202 with 14 extra-base hits, 21 walks and 37 strikeouts. His OPS is .578 and he’s collected 16 RBI.
Tyler Duffey – Minnesota Twins
Duffey has seen action in two games this week, working two-thirds of an inning against Houston on August 8. He gave up one earned run, one walk and two hits in that outing. Duffey bounced back two days later, throwing a scoreless eighth inning against the White Sox for his 15th hold of the season.
Through August 14, Duffey has a 3.68 ERA with a 1.409 WHIP. He’s averaging 7.6 strikeouts per nine innings.
Lucas Luetge – New York Yankees
I haven’t started a game since 2011. Never could of guessed that my next one would be 10 years later for the @Yankees Today’s one of those days I’ll always remember. #baseball #mlb #yankees #nevergiveup #backtothepen pic.twitter.com/JxflF5wHRp
— Lucas Luetge (@LucasLuetge) August 11, 2021
Luetge made some history of his own this week, starting his first game since 2011 on Aug 11 against the Royals. He went two innings, allowed one run and two hits. The Yankees would go on to win, but he was not credited with a decision. He allowed a hit and a walk in a second outing later in the week.
Through August 14, Luetge has a 2.80 ERA with a 1.189 WHIP. He’s averaging 10.0 strikeouts per nine innings.
J.T. Chargois – Tampa Bay Rays
Chargois earned his second win of the season this week and his first with the Rays after being traded at the deadline. He worked 1.1 scoreless innings against the Orioles, allowing two hits in the victory. He followed that up with a hold in his next outing, his 11th of the season.
Still thinking about this dominant sequence from JT Chargois last night. He threw 2 of his 3 fastest pitches of the season here. Has a chance to play a big role in the #Rays pen down the stretch. pic.twitter.com/MC1RTvFOEM
— Rays Metrics (@RaysMetrics) August 13, 2021
Through August 14, Chargois has a 3.30 ERA with a 0.962 WHIP. He’s averaging 8.2 strikeouts per nine innings.