Pittsburgh Pirates: Lead Off Hitters Lead The Way Takeaways From Sweep Of Rockies

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DENVER, CO – AUGUST 29: Trevor Williams #34 of the Pittsburgh Pirates pitches against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on August 29, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Joe Mahoney/Getty Images) /

Is Trevor Williams getting back on track?

When Trevor Williams was placed on the injured list on May 17th he owned a 3.33 ERA and a 3.33 FIP. In his first 10 starts after coming off the IL Williams struggled mightily. In these starts he owned a 8.03 ERA and a 6.99 FIP while allowing 2.73 HR/9.

However, in his past two starts Williams has looked like the pitcher that he had been since joining the Pirate rotation in May 2017.

Thursday night Williams allowed 3 runs, zero home runs, he did not walk a batter, and he struck out six in 7 innings of work. This came after he fired 6 shutout innings against the Reds in his previous start.

Williams has also started to get back on track with inducing soft contact in these starts. He’s induced soft contact at a 24.2% clip during these starts.

While the Pirates have nothing to play for the rest of the way, one thing worth watching is to see if their starting pitching can get back on track heading into next season. That includes Williams. If these last two starts were him getting back on track, then there are still positives to be had for the Pirates down the stretch.