How Can The Pittsburgh Pirates Replace Jameson Taillon?
Right-handed pitcher Trevor Williams
One option would be to continue to start Trevor Williams. Monday night Williams started for the Pittsburgh Pirates against the Los Angeles Dodgers in what was supposed to be Jameson Taillon’s start. However, things went disastrously for the right-handed pitcher.
Trevor Williams pitched just 3 innings of Monday night. In these 3 innings of work he allowed 8 runs, 6 earned, on 7 hits, 2 home runs, a walk, and 2 strikeouts. Additionally, the unearned runs he allowed were due to an error he committed.
Monday night was the first start Williams has made this season, however, it was the seventh game he’s pitched in this season. In 14 2/3 innings pitched this season Trevor Williams has walked 8 batters, he’s allowed 4 home runs, and he’s struck out 12. All of this comes out to an ERA of 7.98, a FIP of 6.54, and a xFIP of 5.61.
Before the game on Monday Clint Hurdle said that, for now at least, Taillon’s spot in the rotation belong to Trevor Williams. But if he continues to pitch so poorly the Pirates may not be able to continue to trot Williams out there every fifth day.
And this could lead to the Pirates needing to make some sort of a move for their starting rotation.