Pittsburgh Pirates Homestand Report Card 7/6 – 7/15

PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 24: Clay Holmes #68 of the Pittsburgh Pirates delivers a pitch in the seventh inning during the game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at PNC Park on June 24, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 24: Clay Holmes #68 of the Pittsburgh Pirates delivers a pitch in the seventh inning during the game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at PNC Park on June 24, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images) /
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PITTSBURGH, PA – JUNE 24: Clay Holmes #68 of the Pittsburgh Pirates delivers a pitch in the seventh inning during the game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at PNC Park on June 24, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images) /

Pitching – the good

After the beatdown that started this stretch, the Pirates much-criticized starting rotation stepped up for the rest of the homestand.

Jameson Taillon is finally starting to pitch like the No. 1 that the Bucs need him to be, dominating in both of his outings this homestand Nick Kingham continues to show promise, tossing a gem in Sunday’s finale against the Phillies. Since coming back from injury, Ivan Nova has pitched well, tossing a gem Monday night against the Nationals and following that up with a solid outing against the Brewers in the first end of Saturday’s double header.

This is still a rotation that has a lot of holes, and we don’t know if guys like Kingham, Trevor Williams or Clay Holmes will become consistently good. Over the past two weeks, however, there’s been little to complain about with the starting rotation.

Pitching – the bad

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PITTSBURGH, PA – APRIL 17: Trevor Williams /

Williams was the starting pitcher of that 17-3 game. Joe Musgrove had a rough fifth inning against the Nationals, and was left in a batter too long against the Brewers Sunday, a decision that should have cost the Pirates the game. Aside from that, the rotation did its job. Hopefully, this group can continue to impress going forward.

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