CLEVELAND -- Babe Ruth was "The Sultan of Swat." Early in his career, Zach McAllister seems to be the sultan of spot starts.
The right-hander will pitch the first game in Monday's doubleheader against the White Sox. McAllister made four starts for the Indians last season. His Major League debut on July 7, 2011, came in place of an injured Roberto Hernandez. His next two outings came in the nightcaps of twin bills. Manager Manny Acta awarded him one, final start on the last day of the regular season.
In all, McAllister posted an 0-1 record and 6.11 ERA. He compiled a 4.50 ERA in three Spring Training appearances while falling short in a competition for the No. 5 spot in the Tribe rotation.
"Last year was good for me, a good learning experience," McAllister said. "It helped with my confidence and let me know I can pitch up here. Spring Training was good, too. I was very happy with how I did in the spring, and I'm looking forward to continuing that success."
McAllister said he embraces making spot starts, as he feels less pressure knowing that he'll likely return to Triple-A following his outing.
"I'd rather know that than have it be up in the air," McAllister said. "I can go out and try to do everything I can to help the team win, and compete and make an easy choice for them next time when the situation comes around again. It's something where I just want to go out and be successful and accomplish what I can and whatever happens, I'm going back down regardless, whether I throw a perfect game, no-hitter or give up 10 runs."