Pittsburgh Pirates News: Trevor Williams Scratched From Saturday’s Start
By Marty Leap
The Pittsburgh Pirates have made changes to their pitching plans for this weekend
On Saturday, the Pittsburgh Pirates will play the second of their three-game series against the Philadelphia Phillies. Originally, right-handed pitcher Trevor Williams was scheduled to toe the rubber for the Pirates. These plans, however, have changed.
During Friday night’s game the team announced that Williams is suffering from severe flu like symptoms. Due to this, he has been scratched from his planned start on Saturday. As a result, Joe Musgrove will make the start for the Pirates.
Musgrove was originally scheduled to start for the Pirates on Sunday. In addition to announced that Musgrove will now start on Saturday, the team also said that they will announce their rotation plans for Sunday and beyond following Saturday’s game.
Williams would have been looking to get back on track with Saturday’s start. When went on the injured list on May 17th Williams was continuing to pitch like one of the best, yet most underrated, starting pitchers in the NL. Something he has done since joining the Pirate rotation in May of 2017.
Through his first nine starts Williams owned a 3.33 ERA, 3.33 FIP, 18.8% strikeout rate, 4.5% walk rate, and he allowed just 10 home runs in 54 innings pitched (0.67 HR/9). In his four starts since coming off the IL, Williams has pitched the worst baseball of his MLB career. Williams has pitched to the tune of a 9.53 ERA and a 7.05 FIP in 22 2/3 innings of work since returning from the IL. He owns a 17.3% strikeout rate, 5.4% walk rate, and he’s allowed eight home runs (3.18 HR/9).
All of this shakes out in Williams owning a 5.17 ERA and a 4.48 FIP in 76 2/3 innings pitched in 13 innings of work this season. The reason his numbers are ugly are due to his recent four game slide. Hopefully, Trevor will recover quickly from his flu like symptoms and bounce back as the Trevor Pirate fans all know and love once he is healthy.